Drake, AI’s Favorite Punching Bag, Uses AI and Voice-Cloning In His Rap Beef With Kendrick Lamar

Drake embraces AI in rap battle beef with Kendrick Lamar
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Drake embraces AI in rap battle beef with Kendrick Lamar
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Rap beef sells records and now Drake is using AI to channel the sound of Tupac and Snoop Dogg to help in his latest freestyle. Here’s the latest.

The beef kicked off at the end of March when Future and Metro Boomin dropped the song “Like That” featuring Kendrick Lamar. The entire feature is a diss track directed at Drake—continuing more than ten years of their ‘it’s complicated’ status.

Now Drake has dropped his response in the song, “Push Ups,” but the real interesting move is a “Taylor Made Freestyle” the rapper dropped on Instagram. It features verses that use AI to sound like Tupac and Snoop Dogg are rapping about the current beef before switching to Drake in the final versus—sans AI manipulation.

The track features an AI-version of Tupac goading Kendrick Lamar into responding to Drake’s “Push Ups,” track—calling him the West Coast savior. In the second verse, an AI-version of Snoop Dogg questions Lamar’s street cred while also encouraging him to respond to the recently dropped ‘diss track.’

“I know you never been to jail, or wore jumpsuits and shower shoes, never shot nobody, never stabbed nobody, never did nothing violent to no one, it’s the homies that empower you. But still, you gotta show this fucking owl who’s boss on the West, Now’s a time to really make a power move,” the AI Snoop raps.

Drake’s final verse features effusive praise for Taylor Swift, who collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on “Bad Blood.” Drake raps about having to wait a week for a response to his diss track “‘cause Taylor Swift is your new top/And if you ‘bout to drop, she gotta approve.” But he also shouts-out Taylor Swift, saying “yeah shoutout to Taylor Swift/Biggest gangster in the music game right now/You know, I moved my album when she dropped.”

While we can’t ask Tupac what he thinks about the use of his sound in a current rap beef, Snoop Dogg has already responded to the diss track. “They did what? When? How? Are you sure?” he asks the camera with a cheeky smile. “Y’all have a good night.”