In less than two weeks, Capitol Music Group announced that their latest signee, FN Meka, has been dropped from the label. The decision was made due to criticism of FN Meka’s use of the N-word and other black stereotypes without having black members on the team.
According to Variety, the label released a statement Tuesday afternoon announcing the severance of ties with the rapper:
“CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project, effective immediately,” the label group said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “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.”
Last week, we reported that FN Meka had a new song featuring Gunna, a slew of brand partnerships, NFT artwork and was the newest addition to the Capitol Music roster. It appeared that the artificial rapper was on the up and up. However, social users expressed their disapproval of the robot, calling him a “caricature” and “stereotypical clownery”.
A non-profit organization, Industry Blackout, called out Capitol Music. “While we applaud innovation in tech that connects listeners to music and enhances the experience, we find fault in the lack of awareness in how offensive this caricature is.”
The rapper’s singles “Speed Demon” and “Internet” which earned him billions of views on TikTok, are no longer available on Spotify and Apple Music.