Rapper Ice Cube has come out against Artificial intelligence (AI) being used in music, calling the growing trend “evil and demonic.”
Appearing on the “Full Send” podcast last week, the rapper spoke about how AI is increasingly being used to produce songs.
“I think AI is demonic,” Ice Cube said.
“I think AI is gonna get a backlash from real people.” As an extra jab, he clarified that he was talking about “real, organic people.”
“I think artists need to go back to using a real voice,” Ice Cube continued.
“And making sure people know this is authentic and not made from a computer.”
Following Ice Cube’s remarks against AI, Fortune took a jab at the rapper with an article titled, “Ice Cube, a musician who became famous rapping over samples, says A.I. is ‘demonic’ for doing a very similar thing.”
“Sampling,” a form of curation, is used by taking samples of other songs to create something new.
Ice Cube responded to that Fortune article on Twitter, highlighting the glaring issue with the publication’s critique.
“Samples are approved or denied by the song owners,” Ice Cube said on Wednesday.
“Totally different than taking a dead artist and making a new song they never approved and saying things they may not agree with.”
“That’s evil and demonic to me.”