Ice Cube has made it clear that he is not someone to mess with when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI).
In an interview on the Full Send podcast, the iconic West Coast rap artist shared his thoughts on the growing trend of using AI to create songs that incorporate an artist’s image or persona without obtaining proper consent.
Cube emphasized that he would not hesitate to take legal action if someone were to create a track using his likeness without permission.
“I don’t wanna hear an AI Drake song,” he expressed. “Yeah, I don’t wanna hear that bullshit. He should sue whoever made it.”
The conversation then delved into what Cube would do if he found himself in a similar situation, and his response was strong.
“And I’mma sue the muthaf**ka who made it and the people and the platform who play it,” he declared. “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.”
Ice Cube is not alone in expressing concerns about the potential risks of AI in the music industry. Renowned engineer Young Guru has also voiced his opinion on the matter, specifically calling out Timbaland for his support of using AI to incorporate music from deceased artists.
Timbaland has recently shown enthusiasm for the possibilities presented by AI-generated music, as it opens up various opportunities within the industry.
The discussions surrounding AI in music continue to raise important questions and elicit differing opinions from artists and industry professionals.
However, Guru strongly disagreed with Timbaland’s stance and criticized the celebrated producer, referring to it as “corny.”
“Timbaland, I love you, my brother. You know I do. But this ain’t it,” he said on Instagram. “This is dangerous at a basic level and it’s corny. I will be on the side of the Luddites.”
His views are part of a broader conversation within the music industry about the implications and risks of AI-generated music