FN Meka, an artificial intelligence-powered "robot rapper" with over 10 million TikTok followers and over a billion views on the platform, has signed a deal with Capitol Records.
Music Business Worldwide first reported the new signing last week, on the same day FN Meka released his first single for the label, a song called 'Florida Water,' which also features (real life) rapper Gunna and gaming streamer Clix. It was produced by Turbo, who has previously worked on songs with Travis Scott, Young Thug, and Lil Baby.
FN says in the song, "Tesla, Gucci, Cybertruck / I wreck that shit, don't give a fuck." Though the vocals are performed by a real person, the lyrics appear to have been generated by AI. according to its designers listen below:
Factory New, a "virtual" record label that was the first to "sign" FN, created FN Meka. Anthony Martini, the company's co-founder, explained the company's process to MBW last year, saying they had developed AI technology that analyzes popular songs from specific genres. According to him, the technology generates suggestions for new song building blocks such as "lyrical content, chords, melody [and] tempo" based on this.
According to Martini, the company then combined those elements to create a song. "At the moment, a human voice performs the vocals, but we're working on having a computer come up with and perform its own words - and even collaborate with other computers as 'co-writers.'" It is unclear who is performing the human voice.
According to Ryan Ruden, Executive Vice President of Experiential Marketing & Business Development at Capitol Music Group, FN Meka "meets at the intersection of music, technology, and gaming culture."