• Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Sheryl Crow blasts Drake for using AI to replicate Tupac Shakur’s voice: ‘It’s hateful’

Sheryl Crow criticized Drake for using artificial intelligence to replicate late rapper Tupac Shakur’s voice in his recent song “Taylor Made Freestyle.”

The track, released in April, featured the AI-generated voices of Snoop Dogg and Shakur, who was murdered at the age of 25 in a 1996 drive-by shooting. Drake, 37, later removed “Taylor Made Freestyle” from all platforms after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Shakur’s estate.

During an interview with BBC, Crow blasted Drake for using the technology to resurrect the vocals of the deceased artist.

“You cannot bring people back from the dead and believe that they would stand for that,” the 62-year-old singer said.


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Sheryl Crow criticized Drake for using artificial intelligence to replicate Tupac Shakur’s voice in a recent song. (Getty Images)

The “All I Wanna Do” hitmaker also pointed out that the song is still available online even after Drake deleted it from his platforms.

“I’m sure Drake thought, ‘Yeah, I shouldn’t do it, but I’ll say sorry later.’ But it’s already done, and people will find it even if he takes it down,” Crow said.


“It’s hateful. It is antithetical to the life force that exists in all of us.”

Representatives for Crow and Drake did not return Fox News Digital’s immediate request for comment.

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Drake removed the song from all platforms after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the late rapper’s estate. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

This was not the first time Crow voiced concerns about the newer technology. During her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November, Crow revealed the title track of her new album, “Evolution,” was inspired by her fear of AI.

While speaking with the BBC, Crow described the technology as a “slippery slope” and “a betrayal” she said “goes against everything humanity is based on.”

Crow recalled that she met a young female songwriter who began AI-generated vocals impersonating John Mayer in her demos after struggling to pitch her work to male recording artists.

Upon hearing the song, Crow told the BBC she was so “terrified,” she began “literally hyperventilating.”

“I know John, and I know the nuances of his voice,” the nine-time Grammy Award winner said. “And there would be no way you’d have been able to tell that he was not singing that song.”

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Crow said the use of AI is a “slippery slope.” (Aldara Zarraoa/Redferns)

Crow told the BBC her fears about AI extend beyond its implications for the music industry. She explained she was worried about the technology’s potential impact on politics and society.

“I talk to my kids about it,” said Crow, a mother to sons Wyatt and Levi.

“I’m like, ‘You’re growing up with this thing, and it doesn’t seem dangerous to you because you’re a frog in a pot of water. But the water is only just starting to boil, and you won’t realize it’s getting hotter until we’re all floating on the top.'”

Crow expressed optimism about the enduring power of human-produced art despite advances by AI.

“AI can do lots of things, but it can’t go out and play live,” she said. “So, as long as we have live music, as long as we have hands holding a paintbrush, all is not lost.”


Sheryl Crow performed with her acoustic guitar while in London.

The singer said the title track of her new album, “Evolution,” was inspired by her fear of AI. (Gus Stewart/Redferns)

Last month, Crow called upon Congress to pass legislation regulating the use of AI in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.

Crow wrote that she was “heartened” to see that actors’ likenesses were protected after the recent actors’ strikes, and she felt the same needed to happen for musicians and singers.

“But it is not the money or loss of compensation that I worry about. Yes, it is wrong to manipulate any artist’s likeness, voice, words or art as their own. But, for me, it is the deception we are giving our approval to by not doing something to keep it from happening,” the “Soak Up the Sun” singer wrote.

While she admitted she was “hopeful that AI will help us solve many of the world’s problems,” Crow still wanted to see legal action.

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Crow implored Congress to take action over AI in a recent op-ed. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)


“Congress needs to act now, and we need to be diligent,” she said.

In March, Tennessee lawmakers passed the ELVIS Act, which added vocal likeness to its list of protections that includes names and photographs.

Crow noted many fellow artists have spoken with Congress and noted she was one of over 200 artists to have recently signed an open letter to tech companies to “Stop Devaluing Music.”

“I hope you will support us in these efforts, so artists can keep making it for you,” Crow concluded. “It’s what we love doing, and it matters in the course of our history as human beings on this planet.”

Fox News Digital’s Elizabeth Stanton contributed to this report.


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