Popular musician Ice Cube has made it clear he's not okay with people using his voice to create AI-generated music. Ice Cube's songs are one of the best rap songs of his era. Despite the rapper and musician leaving the spotlight for a while, he has reiterated that he will go as far as suing any platform that posts any of his AI-generated music.
AI-generated music is becoming a reality since the advancement of artificial intelligence. While speaking in a recent interview on the Full Send Podcast, the rap legend, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, talked about the rise of AI-generated music in the industry.
He highlighted how many creators are now using the voice of musicians to create and sell music created by AI. During the interview, it was clear that Ice Cube wasn't a fan of listening to music made by artificial intelligence. The veteran rapper preferred original music created by real human beings.
"I don't wanna hear an AI Drake song," Jackson said in the chat. "Yeah, I don’t wanna hear that bullsh*t. He should sue whoever made it," Ice Cube added.
An AI-generated song of Drake and The Weeknd has recently sent the internet into a frenzy. According to some of the listeners, the artificially-generated song sounded like what a Drake and The Weekend collab would feel like.
The rapper didn't even entertain the thought of listening to music created by AI to feel if it was good. When the show's cohost asked him what he would do if he found someone using his voice to create AI music, Ice Cube said he would sue the person. The rapper said he would not only sue the person playing the song, but he would also sue the platform or AI creator that made the AI-generated song.
"I'mma sue the muthaf*cka who made it and the people and the platform who play it," Ice Cube said.
"It’s like a sample, you know what I mean? Somebody can't take your original voice and manipulate it without having to pay. I think A.I. is demonic [and] I think A.I. is going to get a backlash from organic people," the rapper added.
Some Musicians are Indifferent To AI Music
While Ice Cube might be mad about someone using his voice to create music, other rappers and musicians feel indifferent about AI-generated music.
A popular pop singer named Grimes made a tweet saying that she does not have anything against AI music. She said so long as the music sounds pleasing, she would slash the royalties 50/50 with the person. According to Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, it will feel like a deal with any other artist in the industry.
I'll split 50% royalties on any successful AI generated song that uses my voice. Same deal as I would with any artist i collab with. Feel free to use my voice without penalty. I have no label and no legal bindings. pic.twitter.com/KIY60B5uqt— 𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰 (@Grimezsz) April 24, 2023
"I'll split 50% royalties on any successful AI-generated song that uses my voice. Same deal as I would with any artist i collab with. Feel free to use my voice without penalty. I have no label and no legal bindings. I think it's cool to be fused w a machine and I like the idea of open sourcing all art and killing copyright," she tweeted.
Currently, the music industry is divided about the introduction of artificial intelligence. While some of them like the idea of using AI to create music, others are very angry about the technology.