The track, titled “heart on my sleeve,” was posted to YouTube on Friday (April 14) by someone known as ghostwriter, featuring the artificial vocals of both entertainers.
“I came in with my ex like Selena to flex/ Bumping Justin Bieber the fever ain’t left/ She know all she need, I need her she blessed, giving her my best/ I got my heart on my sleeve with a knife in my back what’s with that?/ (Aye) 21, I love him that my brother that’s my slatt,” AI Drake raps.
On the same wave, The Weeknd’s cloned voice arrives, making it clear he no longer thinks about Gomez, since their split in 2017: “Got these pearls on my neck, got these girls on my check like Selena baby/ Oh my genie maybe yeah, she taking the lambo for a drive using the fancy door/ When she went out the store, I throw my heart on my sleeve,” he sings.
“We really are in a new era with this AI shit. Can’t even tell what’s legit or fake anymore. Wild,” one fan wrote in the comments. Another declared: “This is going to be the song of summer.”
Whether Drake has heard the track is unclear, however he has previously expressed his displeasure with having his voice artificially enhanced. Most recently, after his voice was used by AI to cover Ice Spice’s “Munch (Feelin’ U),” he called it “the final straw.”
The AI sounding Drake was heard rapping sassy, sexually-assured lines like, “N-gga a eater, he ate it for lunch/ Bitch, I’m a baddie, I get what I want,” which left many fans in stitches.
Drake caught wind of the viral clip after The Shade Room reposted it on Instagram along with a number of other AI-generated covers from Rihanna, Kanye West and Travis Scott. However, he wasn’t impressed.
“This the final straw AI,” he wrote underneath a screenshot of the aforementioned post on his Instagram Stories on Thursday (April 13).
“heart on my sleeve” and Drake’s AI “Munch” cover arrive amid growing concern about artificial intelligence within the music industry. According to the Financial Times, Universal Music Group recently asked major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to block AI platforms from using its music to “train” their technology.
“We have a moral and commercial responsibility to our artists to work to prevent the unauthorized use of their music and to stop platforms from ingesting content that violates the rights of artists and other creators,” a rep for UMG said. “We expect our platform partners will want to prevent their services from being used in ways that harm artists.”