In less than a month, FN Meka, the Virtual Rapper was signed and released following controversy
As the MetaVerse and Virtual imaginations continue to pick up steam, so does the possibilities of confusion. In this case it was, who is controlling the Virtual Rapper! Who resembles and acts like a Black Rapper, while saying the "N-Word", as they call it. Well, it is still a slur and that's because of the context and way it was used to degrade our ancestors during slavery. And in America, the chattel slavery of evil that existed in America and its criminal ways to halt Civil Rights for so many years afterwards. So, in this world and especially America, the "N-word" conjures up EVIL and oppressive thoughts when it's used so, then you have to ask why?? Or do we?? Even as Hip Hop has tried to take the power back of the..."N-Word". We know the word "Negus" referred to ROYALTY in Ethiopia or that "The Negus", was a Christian King in Abyssinia. or many other root words, that didn't mean what many now, see it as meaning. A slur word. Or being reminded of the evils that occured during slavery and especially in America.
and that brings us to FN Meka, the Artificial Intelligence backed "Rapper". When i first looked on Tik Tok to see the "Character", my first thought from it was, who is doing this?? and Who is the voice behind it all? That was after reading about FN Meka signing to Capital Records and I immediately felt they made a huge mistake, IF they didn't do their research. It turns out, that they didn't. As the actual humans behind the creation pf FN Meka is Co-creator Anthony Martini, who fronts a New Jersey Rapcore group called "E. Town Concrete". Martini, in 2019, co-founded the "virtual label", "Factory New" with Brandon Le. And now, just a few days after signing FN Meka, the label drops FN Meka and issued an apology.
“CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project, effective immediately,” Capitol Music Group said in a statement provided to Complex. “We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it. We thank those who have reached out to us with constructive feedback in the past couple of days—your input was invaluable as we came to the decision to end our association with the project.”
As an activist group, "Industry Blackout" demanded an apology and calling FN Meka “a direct insult to the Black community and our culture.” FN Meka's instagram has gon private and its Tik Tok has well over 10 million followers. But do we think, because this didn't slip by, that is over? as I believe the creator or even the voice, was actually trying to live out his dream thru the Virtual LIFE!!!