AI-Generated DMX Tracks Receive Backlash From Fans
The contentious release of AI-generated music featuring DMX's vocals through Cleopatra Records has sparked widespread disapproval among devoted fans. The three singles, including "Silent Night," "Halloween From Miami to LA," and the collaborative effort "Long Live X" with Sickick, have been available for several months on major streaming platforms, prompting a recent wave of discontent among fans who just discovered their existence.
Social media platforms, particularly X, have become forums for fans expressing their dismay, with sentiments ranging from accusations of disrespect towards the deceased artist to criticisms of the perceived lackluster quality of the AI replication.
DMX's label is releasing new DMX songs made with AI on Spotify...— Greenuxx (@Greenuxxx) December 18, 2023
bro this is so disrespectful, especially when the artist isnt even alive anymore pic.twitter.com/ROv8DGdc0J
One particularly vocal critic on X emphasized the perceived disrespect, stating, "DMX’s label is releasing new DMX songs made with AI on Spotify… bro this is so disrespectful, especially when the artist isn't even alive anymore. It's not even good AI. You can tell it's not DMX."
Another lamented, "DMX has been dead for a while, and his label is releasing songs made with AI; that's such a shame." The use of AI to recreate DMX's voice with an accent was met with a blend of humor and sadness, further intensifying the controversy.
The situation has reignited discussions on the ethical considerations surrounding posthumous releases and the potential consequences of employing emerging technologies like AI in the creation of music. The controversy also raises questions about artistic integrity and the impact on an artist's legacy when their voice is replicated posthumously without their direct involvement or approval.
As fans express their disappointment and discontent, the incident sheds light on the complexities and sensitivities surrounding the intersection of technology, art, and the preservation of an artist's legacy after their passing. The broader debate about AI's role in the music industry, particularly in posthumous releases, is likely to persist as technology continues to evolve.