WARNING: CONTAINS FOOTAGE WITH STRONG LANGUAGE AND CONTENT THAT SOME READERS MAY FIND OFFENSIVE
Yup, we recently reported that someone has recreated the hit single from 1999's The Slim Shady LP using AI tech, having updated the lyrics to make them relevant to 2021.
Previously, we only had a short snippet of the ingenious tune, but now the full song in all its four-minute glory has been released.
While it certainly sounds like Eminem's behind the new release, it's actually the work of AI, having been created using vocal synthesisers - basically producing the equivalent of a deep fake, but as audio.
The first video was released by a YouTuber called 30 Hertz, who generates 'synthetic parody songs and other poorly written material', while the longer version has been attributed to sister channel 40 Hertz.
The lyrics have been brought into the present day with references to current pop culture, including everyone from Billie Eilish and Drake to Donald Trump.
In one verse, the robot raps:
Hi kids, do you like violence? (F*** yeah!)
Wanna see me dye my hair bright greenjust like Billie Eilish? (You're so edgy)
Wanna copy me and do exactly like I did? (Yeah, yeah)
Try lean and get f***ed up worse than my life is? (Oh)
Other parts of the song reference websites like OnlyFans and Reddit, before the final verse concludes the song with the lyrics:
I lay awake and browse for porn on the internet
With a bottle of lotion, and some tissues by the bed
'Cause I'm streamin' mad
And you won't believe the luck I've had (What's that?)
Last night I was on Tinder and matched with my stepdad
According to The Guardian, deepfake music like this could well present an issue for the music industry and 'change pop forever'.
For instance, if you didn't want to pay the going rate for using music in films, TV shows or adverts, you could potentially just make your own that sounds exactly the same.
As it stands, The Guardian reports, this is entirely legal.
It also means that music streaming services could use similar sounding AI tracks for genre playlists, which means they don't have to pay royalties - therefore increasing their own profits.
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