Despite the fact that Biggie has been dead for 26 years, a rendition of Nas’ ’90s song “N.Y. State of Mind” performed by an AI version of the late legend has gone viral on social media, confusing fans.

The Illmatic anthem was reworked over the weekend using a digital rendition of the late Brooklyn legend’s vocals as the AI craze continues to gain traction in Hip Hop.

Many people were torn when they heard B.I.G. instead of Nas because of his effortless flow; some even thought he rhymed better than the Queensbridge deity.

One user commented on the popular TikTok video, “Cant believe i just listened 5 minutes of huge rapping ny state of mind,” while another said on Twitter, “AI just verifying that everything sounds better when it’s rapped by huge. This is also crazy.

Some praised Nas’ flow, saying, “The cadence is definitely distinctive to Nas. I was shocked to discover how unusual his cadence was. On Big, it doesn’t sound right.

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With regard to copyright and vocal protection, AI has presented record companies and the music business as a whole with a new challenge.

Universal Music Group responded to “deep fakes” and the AI craze by writing in a statement, “UMG’s success has been, in part, due to embracing new technology and putting it to work for our artists — as we have been doing with our own innovation around AI for some time already.”

Having said that, the availability of infringing content made with generative AI on DSPs, as well as the training of generative AI using our artists’ music (which represents both a breach of our agreements and a violation of copyright law), raises the question of which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: the side of artists, fans, and human creative expression, or on the side of deep fakes, fraud, and denying artists their due.

With artificial song titles like “Winter’s Cold,” “Not A Game,” and “Heart On My Sleeve” featuring The Weeknd, Drake has been the subject of several popular AI tracks.

The “Heart On My Sleeve” was first released to YouTube by a user going by the name of Ghostwriter, and then it was shared with Apple, Tidal, Deezer, and Spotify. On the latter, it reportedly received more than 630,000 listens.

Below, you can read more responses to Biggie’s AI rendition of “N.Y. State of Mind”


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