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Capitol Records Drops Virtual AI Rapper FN Meka Following Backlash

Source: XXLMag

Industry Blackout has released a statement to XXL in the wake of virtual AI rapper FN Meka being dropped from Capitol Records. The organization sent an open letter to the label earlier today, calling for the artist and label to terminate its partnership.

“We feel it it is a great victory that Capitol Records terminated their contract with FN Meka however, the fact this happened to begin with shows how much work is still ahead of us,” the statement starts. “We’re glad the people amplified our voices to be heard so quickly on a Black issue, and that our action led to results. This should set a precedent that shows how Black and Brown voices can unify behind issues and get things done.

“There was a great opportunity to do something innovative with hip hop and tech. Tech should be used to amplify the culture And there’s still a chance to do so—the right way. At the end of the day, we’ve been about the people since inception and continue to focus on our community. At every turn we will stand up when needed.”

ORIGINAL STORY (Aug. 23):

Grand opening. Grand closing. Just days after news broke that AI-powered virtual rapper FN Meka had signed a deal with Capitol Records, the label announced it has dropped the ’bot following backlash.

On Tuesday (Aug. 23), a rep for Capitol Records released a statement to XXL confirming its decision to part ways with the “rapper.”

“CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project, effectively immediately,” the statement reads. “We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough question about equity and the creative process behind it. We thank those who have reached out to us with constructive feedback in the past couple of days—your input was invaluable as we came to the decision to end our associate with the project.”

The opposition to FN Meka apparently received a strong push from @industryblkout, a “unified body of Black people in the industry committed to changing the community” on Twitter, who published a hard stance statement against Capitol Records and the Meka project on Tuesday calling it an “abomination and disrespectful to real people who face real consequences in real life.”

XXL has reached out to Industry Blackout for comment.

The announcement arrives after backlash the label received from recently signing the virtual rapper to a recording contract. FN Meka is the creation of Anthony Martini and Brandon Le, cofounders of Factory New, a virtual record label who were the first to ink the virtual rhymer to a deal. FN Meka’s voice is based off a real human, but everything else about the rapper including his rhymes are based off artificial intelligence technology, according to its creators. In appearance, Meka looks like to a caricature of a racially ambiguous Soundcloud rapper, complete with colored dreads and face tats. Meka even has a new single with Gunna titled “Florida Water.”

However, the Meka “project” has received backlash. For one, Meka uses the N-word in lyrics. On the 2019 track “Moonwalkin’,” he spits the lines, “Moonwalkin’ with a shawty in the lobby/Feel like Hank Hill when I raise the Bobby (Bobby)/I don’t see no niggas like we playin’ hockey (Hockey).”

The announcement arrives after backlash the label received from recently signing the virtual rapper to a recording contract. FN Meka is the creation of Anthony Martini and Brandon Le, cofounders of Factory New, a virtual record label who were the first to ink the virtual rhymer to a deal. FN Meka’s voice is based off a real human, but everything else about the rapper including his rhymes are based off artificial intelligence technology, according to its creators. In appearance, Meka looks like to a caricature of a racially ambiguous Soundcloud rapper, complete with colored dreads and face tats. Meka even has a new single with Gunna titled “Florida Water.”

However, the Meka “project” has received backlash. For one, Meka uses the N-word in lyrics. On the 2019 track “Moonwalkin’,” he spits the lines, “Moonwalkin’ with a shawty in the lobby/Feel like Hank Hill when I raise the Bobby (Bobby)/I don’t see no niggas like we playin’ hockey (Hockey).”

Read more at:
https://www.xxlmag.com/capitol-records-drops-virtual-ai-rapper-fn-meka/

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Top 10 Remix Chart for May 2022

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EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales)
May 2022

Excludes free remixes.

10. Saweetie – Tap In remix
9. Latto & Mariah Carey, DJ Khaled – Big Energy remix
8. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline remix
7. The Beatles – Twist & Shout remix
6. Bon Jovi – Its My Life remix
5. The Kinks – You Really Got Me Remix
4. Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock remix
3. The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg remix
2. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love remix

1. Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall remix

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Eminem, 50 Cent & Dr. Dre Reunite On ‘Curtain Call 2’ Collab ‘Is This Love (’09)’

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Source: HipHopDX

Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre have reunited on an unearthed song called “Is This Love (’09),” from Slim Shady’s newly-released compilation album Curtain Call 2.

As the title suggests, the track was originally recorded in 2009 — the same year Eminem made his post-Encore comeback with Relapse — and finds the close-knit trio connecting for a playful song about romantic and sexual infatuation.

“Girl, I’m diggin’ your whole MO/Give me a go, you’re throwin’ innuendo/Keep sendin’ me smoke signals/Everything’s movin’, spinning in slow M-O-T-I-O-N,” Em raps over bouncy production from Dr. Dre, Mark Batson and Trevor Lawrence Jr.

50 Cent, meanwhile, channels his inner Slim Shady with a rapid-fire, acronym-riddled verse full of shock value. Judging by at least one lyric, 50 recorded his rhymes much later than ’09.

“I kill a bitch with a potato peeler for the skrilla/I’m finna skin a sinner, dick robbed like Bruce Jenner,” he spits, referencing Caitlyn Jenner’s 2015 gender transition.

“Is This Love (’09)” is one of three new songs on Curtain Call 2 alongside “From the D 2 the LBC” featuring Snoop Dogg and the CeeLo Green-assisted “The King and I,” which also appears on the Elvis soundtrack.

Curtain Call 2‘s primary purpose, though, is serving as a highlight reel of Eminem’s decorated catalog since the release of his first greatest hits album, Curtain Call: The Hits, in 2005.

For more information:
https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.72322/title.eminem-50-cent-dr-dre-is-this-love-09-curtain-call-2

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Post Malone Offers $100,000 Prize If Fan Can Beat Him In Magic: The Gathering

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Source: AllHipHop

Post Malone partnered with the Whatnot app to set up a Magic: The Gathering match where a fan can win $100,000.

One lucky person will win $100,000 if they beat Post Malone in a game of Magic: The Gathering.

Post Malone teamed with Whatnot, a livestream shopping app, to arrange a special Magic: The Gathering battle. A fan will be flown out to Los Angeles to face him in a one-on-one match in August.

“We built Whatnot with the ethos of offering hands-down the best experiences for the most passionate enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors,” Whatnot’s John Walters said in a press release. “Post Malone, both as an artist and as a person, fits perfectly into this growing and supportive community.”

He continued, “As a multi-talented artist with skills that extend beyond music — and as an avid Magic: The Gathering player and formidable opponent — we’re looking forward to seeing him battle it out live with one of our dedicated fans.”

Post Malone will host a giveaway on the Whatnot app on August 4. During the livestream, a winner will be randomly selected to face him in Magic: The Gathering on August 11.

The battle with the diamond-selling artist will also be livestreamed on Whanot. If his opponent wins, they will receive $100,000 in cash.

“I absolutely love Magic: The Gathering and I can’t wait to link up with Whatnot and battle it out with the winner,” Post Malone said.

Find more information about the contest here.

https://allhiphop.com/news/post-malone-offers-100000-prize-if-fan-can-beat-him-in-magic-the-gathering/

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Ice Cube Says He Regrets Turning Down The O-Dog Part In “Menace II Society”

Ice Cube Says He Regrets Turning Down The O-Dog Part In “Menace II Society”

Source: TheSource

Ice Cube made his big screen debut as Doughboy in John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood in 1991 and has since had a very successful acting career having starred in the Friday trology, Are We There Yet, 21 Jump Street, Ride Along, and next to some of the biggest actors in Hollywood.

However, the Big3 co-founder admitted in a recent interview that he had a chance to star in another cult classic film, but turned down the opportunity, something that he says he now regrets.

In a new episode of the On The Guest List podcast, Cube was asked if there was any role he regrets passing up. Thats when he revealed that he was considered for the part of O-Dog in Menace II Society but turned it down because he did not want to be typecasted as the “L.A. gangbanger.”

“I would say Menace II Society,” Cube said. “I had a shot to do O-Dog, even though I think Larenz Tate killed it, I just didn’t wanna be type cast. You know what I mean? I was like, ‘I just did Boys N The Hood and they just gonna have me be the L.A. gangbanger you know what I mean every damn movie’ and [Menace] was like the second movie I got offered so I was like, ‘Nah I don’t wanna play that.’ That was one movie that when I saw it I was like, ‘Ooo that role is cold.’”

You can watch the full episode below.

 

Full Article:
https://thesource.com/2022/07/18/ice-cube-says-he-regrets-turning-down-o-dog-part-in-menace-ii-society/

 

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Top 10 Remix Chart for October 2021

EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales)
October 2021

Excludes free remixes.

10. Evelyn Champagne King – Shame remix
9. Ashford & Simpson – Solid remix
8. Slave – Just A Touch Of Love remix
7. Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You remix
6. Earth Wind & Fire – Shining Star remix
5. The Temptations – My Girl remix
4. Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up remix
3. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover remix
2. Midnight Star – Operator remix

1. Pink vs Kool & The Gang – Get The Fresh Party Started mashup

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Top 10 Remix Chart for June 2021

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EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales)
June 2021

Excludes free remixes.

10. Black Eyed Peas feat J Balvin – RITMO remix
9. Young MA vs Notorious BIG – OooUuu vs Hypnotize mashup
8. Fat Boys – Wipeout remix
7. Ja Rule feat Ashanti – Mesmerize remix
6. Earth Wind & Fire – Earth Wind & Fire Medley mix
5. Drake vs Michael Jackson – Toosie Slide vs Beat It mashup
4. Cardi B vs Michael Jackson – Rock My World Up mashup
3. Ricky Martin – Livin La Vida Loca remix
2. Biz Markie vs Meek Mill feat Drake – Just A Friend vs Going Bad mashup

1. DJ Mustard feat Migos – Pure Water remix

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