The real voice rapper of AI artist FN Meka is speaking out. He says the creators ghosted him and didn’t pay him a dime.
Rapper Kyle the Hooligan posted an Instagram Video in which he shared his side of the story. The video was posted on August 23, with the rapper speaking about how he was approached to lend his voice to a virtual character.
“I know y’all done heard about this FN Meka stuff,” the rapper begins the video. “People been DMing me. I been trying to keep it quiet because I was gonna really wait ’til this shit blew up for real and went after them.”
“Basically, it’s like, they came to me with this AI shit and was like, ‘Would you like to be the voice of it?’ I thought it was gonna be some collaboration. They promised me equity in the company, percentages, all this stuff. So I’m thinking, ‘Okay, this is about to be some collab, something different for me, so where I can do my music and be on some AI stuff with this FN Meka character.”
“So, everything is going good. Next thing I know, n***as just ghosted me. Used my voice, used my sound, used the culture and just literally just left me high and dry,” Kyle continues in the video. “I ain’t getting a dime off of nothing. And they got record deals, all this stuff. I wasn’t involved with no meetings or none of that, which is fucked up. So, honestly, I’m glad they ass got canceled. That’s karma for they ass.”
In a follow-up post on Instagram, Kyle the Hooligan provided proof that he’s the voice of the rapper. He plays raw files from FN Meka’s 2019 song “Moonwalkin'” and the 2020 track “Internet.” News broke last week that the AI rapper was signed to a record deal with Capitol Records. But earlier this week, Capitol Records severed ties with the virtual rapper.
“CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project, effective immediately,” the label said. “We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions 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 association with the project.”