Drake Deletes AI-Generated Tupac Track from Instagram Amid Legal Dispute

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tupac and adrake

tupac and adrake

Drake’s much-anticipated track featuring an AI-generated version of Tupac Shakur’s voice has been removed from the rapper’s social media accounts following legal threats from the late hip-hop icon’s estate.

The Canadian superstar released the track, titled “Taylor Made Freestyle,” last Friday, which also utilized AI to replicate the voice of Snoop Dogg. However, reports emerged on Wednesday that Tupac’s estate had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Drake, demanding the removal of the track within 24 hours.

The post containing the clip disappeared from Drake’s @Champagnepapi account on Thursday evening, leading to speculation among fans and the music industry. Neither Drake nor representatives for Tupac’s estate have commented publicly on the situation since the track was taken down.

According to Billboard, Howard King, a lawyer representing Tupac’s estate, sent the cease-and-desist letter to Drake earlier in the week. The letter described “Taylor Made Freestyle” as a “flagrant violation” of the law and an “abuse” of Tupac’s legacy. It also warned of legal action if Drake failed to comply with the demand to remove the track.

The legal dispute has drawn attention to Drake’s previous objection to having his voice cloned in another AI-generated track, “Heart on My Sleeve,” which also imitated the voice of Canadian singer The Weeknd. “Taylor Made Freestyle” was intended to be part of an ongoing diss track battle between Drake and his rival Kendrick Lamar.

The AI-generated lines in the track from Tupac and Snoop Dogg reportedly took aim at Kendrick Lamar, a detail mentioned in the legal letter from Tupac’s estate. The letter praised Lamar as a “good friend to the Estate who has given nothing but respect to Tupac and his legacy publicly and privately.”

In addition to the controversy surrounding the AI-generated voices, Drake’s own lyrics in the track referenced pop star Taylor Swift and alluded to his recent album, “For All the Dogs.” The track also made headlines for a line where Drake stated he would delay his album release to avoid clashing with a prominent pop star.

Tupac Shakur, known as 2Pac, was a revered figure in the hip-hop industry, with a legacy that continues to resonate today. His tragic death in 1996 at the age of 25 sent shockwaves through the music world, and his impact on the genre remains unparalleled.

As the legal battle between Drake and Tupac’s estate unfolds, fans and industry insiders are eager for further developments on the fate of “Taylor Made Freestyle” and the implications it may have on the use of AI-generated voices in music. The BBC has reached out to Tupac’s estate lawyer Howard King and Drake’s representatives for comment on the matter.

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