I’m not sure whether you’ve noticed, but AI is having a moment right now.

Ice Cube has noticed… and he’s not pleased.

People use it to create graphics, films, and code, to optimize their job, to learn new skills, and even to have a nice chat.

At the moment, one of the oddest applications of AI is the creation of bogus music recordings utilizing actual artists’ voices.

People on TikTok have used AI to create renditions of their favorite songs sung by anybody they choose, from Frank Ocean to Ariana Grande to The Weeknd.

A big fad right now among AI users is having the voice of controversial musician Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, perform songs that’d be entirely out of character for him, from Ice Spice and PinkPantheress’s ‘Boy’s A Liar’ to Lana Del Ray’s ‘Summertime Sadness’. Some have even gone so far as to create variations of Ye’s voice singing Taylor Swift songs in order to make the most of the gimmick.

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Meanwhile, an AI-generated track of Drake performing Ice Spice’s ‘Munch’ has gone viral tenfold.

It all appears to be harmless fun at first, but the legal situation is complicated.

Ice Cube is the latest artist to criticize artificial intelligence and this odd music trend.

The rapper has vowed to sue anyone who exploits his voice to produce an AI-generated tune, and I’m not one to call Cube’s bluff.

“I don’t wanna hear an AI Drake song,” the former NWA member declared on the Full Send program. Yeah, I don’t want to hear that nonsense. He should sue the person who made it.”

When host Kyle Forgeard asked Cube what he would do if he discovered someone had done the same with his voice, he quickly said, “I’m going to sue the motherf***er who made it, as well as the people and the platform who play it.”

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“You know what I mean? It’s like a sample.” Someone cannot take your original voice and manipulate it without compensation.”

He went on to say, “I think AI is demonic [and] I think AI is going to get a backlash from organic people.”

Cube is far from the first to point up this copyright minefield.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has requested that streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music prohibit AI generators from training on copyrighted songs.

The music company has also sent takedown requests to streamers who release AI-generated compositions on platforms like TikTok on YouTube, but because AI is always developing and generating, it appears that there won’t be a simple answer to this problem.

Unless, of course, you p*** off Ice Cube.


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