Sheryl Crow Expresses Concern Over AI in Music Industry

Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow has voiced her concerns about the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the music industry. In an interview with the BBC, Crow described AI as a “slippery slope” that goes against the core values of humanity. She specifically criticized rapper Drake for using AI-generated vocals of the late rapper 2Pac alongside Snoop Dogg’s on his diss track aimed at Kendrick Lamar, titled “Taylor Made Freestyle.”

Crow expressed her strong disapproval of using AI to resurrect deceased artists, stating that it contradicts the principles of respecting the deceased. She argued that Drake’s decision to use 2Pac’s AI vocals was disrespectful and hateful, going against the life force that exists within all of us.

Billboard has reached out to Drake’s team for comment on Crow’s remarks. Crow herself has delved into the topic of AI and its potential consequences on her recent album, “Evolution,” particularly on the title track.

In April, Tupac Shakur’s estate issued a cease-and-desist letter to Drake, threatening legal action if he did not remove the “Taylor Made Freestyle” from social media. The estate’s attorney, Howard King, expressed disappointment and dismay over the unauthorized use of Tupac’s voice and personality. King also highlighted the insult caused by using Tupac’s voice against Kendrick Lamar, who has shown respect for Tupac’s legacy.

Drake promptly removed the track from his social media platforms within 24 hours of receiving the cease-and-desist letter.

In a separate development, major music companies have recently filed lawsuits against AI music startups Suno and Udio, accusing them of repeated infringement of copyrighted recordings on an unprecedented scale.