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Setlist: The rise and fall of ‘virtual’ rapper FN Meka

By and | Published on Monday 29 August 2022

FN Meka

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including the claims of racism that saw ‘virtual’ rapper FN Meka dropped by Universal’s Capitol label, and the controversy surrounding the discovery that digital processes have been used by a supposedly analogue reissues label for more than a decade.

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Capitol drops ‘virtual’ rapper FN Meka after claims of racism
Human voice of ‘AI’ rapper FN Meka says he was cut out of the project
FN Meka spokesperson Anthony Martini quits project, admits there was less AI involved than claimed
Audiophile label sued over misleading statements regarding its mastering process

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Capitol Drops ‘Virtual Rapper’ FN Meka After Backlash Over Stereotypes (New York Times)
This robot rapper and 9m following on TikTok. The company that created him thinks traditional A&R is ‘inefficient and unreliable’ (Music Business Worldwide, April 2021)

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