Eminem has an illustrious history of rap battles, but his controversial slurs can infuriate socially conscious listeners.
In recent weeks, a TikTok campaign has called for Em’s “cancellation” for glorifying violence against women in his single “Love the Way You Lie”.
Inevitably, Marshall Mathers retaliated with a diss track by targeting his critics. But surely he could find more deserving opponents than the teens of TikTok.
A new AI clip gives the rapper a more progressive target for his anger: patriarchy.
The track was created by Calamity Ai, the same group that used bots to produce a new song for Hamilton and a previous Eminem diss by Mark Zuckerberg.
The team wrote their final lyrics using ShortlyAI, a text generator powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3.
They tricked the system into spitting out a verse based on the following signal:
Eminem’s new song is a dissident against patriarchy. He takes a stand for men and defends for women. Verse 1:
They then sent the lyrics to 30HZ, a self-proclaimed creator of “synthetic parody songs and other poorly written material”. The producer synthesized the audio and converted the words into voice.
And just in case Slim Shady needed a backup, the team generated a guest verse from another unlikely women’s rights advocate: Kanye West.
I’m quite impressed with Em’s synthetic voice, although the lyrics are hit or miss at best.
He reserves most of his vitriol for producer Rick Rubin, a surprising choice given the litany of musicians accused of sexual abuse.
Still, Em comes across as a refreshingly contrite when he discusses “the consequences when I spit poetry ”, which, according to him, are worth the risk if he“ silences certain men ”.
Kanye West’s artificial voice is less convincing, and his verse will not receive any lyrical accolades. He apologizes to Taylor West, but begins with a distinctly sexist, “Yeah, bitch.”
The track will hardly upset the patriarchy, although the lyrics are always sharper than, say, Lil Pump’s.
But could AI Eminem win a rap battle against his human counterpart? I doubt it, but the confrontation could help make Marshall relevant again.
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Published March 17, 2021 – 18:49 UTC