Record Label Drops AI Rapper, Issues Apology After ‘Digital Blackface,’ Racial Insensitivity Accusations

Capitol Music Group has dropped its Virtual Rapper FN Meka after facing backlash over allegations the character reflects racially inappropriate stereotypes.

Capitol issued a notice on Tuesday indicating they were severing ties with their virtual rapper, despite the 10 million followers this artificial character had garnered on TikTok alone, according to The New York Times. Critics voiced concerns the digital character represented the equivalent of “digital blackface” and said FN Meka seemed to trivialize police brutality and incarceration.

Capital Records Drops First AI Rapper FN Meka for Saying the N Word

Just days after news broke that AI-powered virtual rapper FN Meka had signed a deal with Capitol Records, the label announced it has dropped the ’bot following backlash. #interesting

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Among the most vocal critics of this digital character was a non-profit agency “Industry Blackout,” which formed in 2020 to advocate for equity in the music industry, according to TMZ. “We find fault in the lack of awareness in how offensive this caricature is,” Industry Blackout said on their social media outlets.

“It is a direct insult to the Black community and our culture. An amalgamation of gross stereotypes, appropriative mannerisms

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