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The rise and fall of a virtual rapper rekindles old questions about art – with a new twist

The rise and fall of a virtual rapper rekindles old questions about art – with a new twist

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Depending on who you asked, FN Meka was either the next frontier in music or a death knell for human artists. FN Meka amassed millions of followers on TikTok, and as the hype around him grew, music industry executives took notice. In August, Capitol Records announced that it had signed the virtual character. A few weeks later, the record label dropped FN Meka from its label after black music industry professionals criticized the project for using reductive stereotypes. Soon the narrative began to unfold. Artist Kyle the Hooligan told VICE that he wrote and voiced FN Meka's early songs, and claimed he still hasn't been paid. Recently, a co-founder of the company behind FN Meka called his previous comments about the use of AI in FN Meka's music nothing more than a marketing gimmick.The ...