Drake Just Made an AI Diss Track

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AI continues to be headline-worthy news and will continue to make profound impacts in our daily lives. But it isn’t always that serious. Sometimes, its implications can be downright amusing. This is one such story. While there might be some rap or hip-hop background you're not familiar with, the conclusion of this story is worth it! 

A few months ago, we shared the story of Ghostwriter and his use of AI to create a song using the voices of The Weeknd and Drake. This led to a lawsuit between Universal Music Group and the anonymous Ghostwriter.

Hell, there has even been a new law about AI voices and music in Tennessee.

But what's surprising is that Drake, the very artist at the center of this controversy, has now embraced AI in his own music creation. 

Before getting to that part of the story, we must understand Drake and his relationship to the music industry. He is arguably the biggest name in music and by far the most mainstream rapper. Back in October, he dropped an album called For All The Dogs. One of the standout tracks of that album was First Person Shooter. In this song, rapper J. Cole said that the big three in rap are Kendrick Drake and himself. 

This apparent compliment was the spark that has now set off a long-standing feud between Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Last month, Kendrick, in collaboration with rapper Future and producer Metro Boomin, released a song called “Like That.” This song directly responded to the Cole and Drake track and made it clear Kendrick wasn’t impressed with them. Honestly, it might be one of the best verses in years. 

After an initial response from J. Cole that was later deleted, Drake took up the mantle with his own diss track. In the new song, Push Ups, Drake responds to every single person (and there's been a lot) who has commented about him over the last few weeks. With personal attacks and insults flying, rap fans eagerly awaited a response from Kendrick Lamar.

Reminiscent of Drake’s feud with Meek Mill, Drake gave a week for a response before he made a follow-up. Late on Friday, Drake released a follow-up entitled “Taylor Made Freestyle” on Instagram. The craziest part is that the freestyle uses AI versions of Tupac and Snoop Dogg. 

The AI versions of Tupac and Snoop Dogg appear on the track to make self-deprecating jokes about Drake and poke at Kendrick for not responding.

At the time of writing, there hasn’t been a clear response from Kendrick or fans. But, like any use of AI technology to bring back the dead, there will be discourse about it. 

All in all, this story, which started with Universal suing a creator for using an AI voice of Drake and now seems to be ending with Drake using the AI voices of other artists, has been a weird ride.

I wonder if Kendrick will make a joke about him doing the same thing Universal is suing someone else for doing. And who knows, perhaps we can expect a song with Biggie or DMX on Kendricks's response.

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