Scientists Use AI To Create Travis Scott Song

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The future has arrived. Politicians and scientists keep warning us that automation is one of the biggest threats to jobs, even those in the entertainment industry. And here’s the proof! A digital agency fed an AI machine lyrics and songs from the famous rapper Travis Scott. Afterward, the robot created a song in a nearly identical style to the rapper’s! Here’s everything you need to know…

Can An AI Robot Imitate Travis Scott’s Unique Style?

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For those who don’t know, rapper Travis Scott rose to fame in 2012, after nearly four years of hard work, after Kanye West discovered him and signed him to his label. Scott’s last album, 2018’s Astroworld, earned almost 500 million streams in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, his latest tour, also titled Astroworld, grossed $65 million. You might recognize Scott as Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend and father to their daughter, Stormi.

Now, Scott is in the news again, but not for a new album or partner. No, this time around, a digital agency named Space150 decided to try and create a Travis Scott song using Artificial Intelligence. Scott has a distinct style of mumble rap that stands apart distinctly from his backing tracks. So, the agency fed the AI machine Scott songs and lyrics, helping it create a song. The results were both strange and hilarious…

The Shockingly Hilarious Results

After two weeks of feeding the AI Scott’s songs, the machine debuted the song: “Jack Park Canny Dope Man.” Afterward, the agency created a strange music video for the song with a deepfake of Scott, appropriately named Travisbott. While the entire song sounded eerily similar to Scott, some of the lyrics are genuinely hilarious:

I ain’t got the surfers ’cause I know I’m not that hard
But I got all my old b****s mad by the bars
Thinkin’ at the Grammys, in the family, I got stars
Try to put in the plane, but the blame be on the cars

Still, an example from one of Scott’s most famous songs, “Sicko Mode,” shows how shockingly similar the AI lyrics are:

I just landed in, Chase B mixes pop like Jamba Juice
Different colored chains, think my jeweler really sellin’ fruits
And they chokin’, man, know the crackers wish it was a noose

The executive director of the agency, Ned Lampert, explained the reasons behind their project. “We were sort of fascinated with like, ‘What if we tried to make a song – like an actual good song – by using AI and basically creative directing AI? And so we chose Travis Scott just because he is just such a unique artist and he has a unique sound and everything sort of has an aesthetic to it, both audibly and visually.”

Even AI Machines “Think”

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Lampert also shared the whole process the AI went through in forming the song. It produced a bunch of lyrics about food, and, meanwhile, learned how to imitate the rapper’s musical style. “It came up with things that we would never come up with,” Lampert said. “I love the beautiful mistakes that we make all the time that get turned into work or [situations] where someone says something ridiculous, and then we end up doing it. And there were some of those types of behaviors within this process.”

While Scott has yet to comment on the song, not everyone is impressed. “I think it’s potentially illegal. There’s legal precedent against being able to do something like this. So I think the headline here is not the technology,” said composer Holly Herndon said. “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, cool tech.’ And it’s [really] like,’ Oh my God, you’ve just stolen someone’s likeness.’ That’s pretty astounding to me.” This debate is sure to rage on for quite a while…

Sources: Complex, DazedDigital, Vimeo.