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Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Unite for a Surprising Cause, The Battle Against AI Fakes

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Unite for a Surprising Cause, The Battle Against AI Fakes

 

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In the midst of their ongoing feud, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have found common ground in an unexpected arena: the fight for a new AI regulation law. The bipartisan No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas And Unauthorized Duplications Act, playfully known as “No AI FRAUD,” has brought together over 300 artists, including the two rap rivals, to sign an open letter supporting its introduction in the U.S. Congress.

Joining the likes of 21 Savage, Chuck D, Common, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Questlove, and Smokey Robinson, the artists are advocating for federal protection against unchecked replication of voices and likenesses using AI technology. The Human Artistry Campaign (H.A.C.) has taken the lead, publishing the letter as a prominent ad in USA Today to raise awareness about the legislation, emphasizing the defense of individuals’ rights and protection against nonconsensual deepfakes.

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The “No AI FRAUD” Act follows a set of core tenets outlined by H.A.C. earlier in the year, including the necessity for proper licensing for artistic works used in AI models and limitations on the government’s ability to exploit exemptions in intellectual property law. This legislation comes hot on the heels of the “NO FAKES” Act from the previous year, with Representatives María Elvira Salazar, Rob Wittman, Nathaniel Moran, Madeleine Dean, and Joe Morelle leading the charge.

Rep. Salazar expressed the urgency of holding bad actors accountable, stating, “It’s time for bad actors using AI to face the music. This bill plugs a hole in the law and gives artists and U.S. citizens the power to protect their rights, their creative work, and their fundamental individuality online.” Interestingly, Tennessee’s Governor Bill Lee proposed a similar legislation on the same day, known as the Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security, or the “ELVIS” Act.

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Despite differing opinions on many matters, “No AI FRAUD” received widespread support from industry giants such as the Recording Academy and Universal Music Group, showcasing a rare alignment of interests between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Stay tuned to Honk Magazine for more updates on the rap rivals and the latest developments in artificial intelligence within the music industry.

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Rap Royalty Rumble, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Square Off in Release Date Duel, Joe Budden Spills the Tea

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Rap Royalty Rumble, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Square Off in Release Date Duel, Joe Budden Spills the Tea

 

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The battle for rap supremacy between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B has been a long-standing saga, and just when you thought the dust had settled, it seems the queens are gearing up for another showdown. Recent events, including the release of Pink Friday 2 and the fiery “Like What” freestyle, have reignited discussions about the timing of their drops, prompting speculation about strategic release date maneuvers.

In a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, the titular host, Joe Budden, threw gasoline on the fire, claiming that Nicki Minaj has a history of adjusting her album release dates to coincide with Cardi B’s. According to Budden, whenever Cardi was gearing up to drop a project, Nicki would swiftly alter her plans, playing a game of musical chairs with release dates.

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“I ain’t trying to start any fires here [sorry, Joe], but Nicki changed that date like five times trying to sync up with Cardi’s drops,” Budden spilled to his intrigued co-hosts. “That was supposed to be the 50 and Kanye moment. It would’ve been a big boost for Cardi, you know? Nicki was going to sell regardless, but Cardi could’ve ridden that wave for a major marketing win.”

However, as fate would have it, the anticipated clash didn’t materialize, and Nicki dropped her project independently. Budden speculates that Cardi may have backed out, hinting at a retreat from the anticipated face-off. As we enter the sixth year of this rivalry, Budden suggests that other female rappers might be facing similar behind-the-scenes drama, where branding speaks louder than the music itself.

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As the debate rages on, we want to hear from you! What’s your take on this ongoing feud? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And while you’re at it, let us know your stance on other hot topics, like the Big Three rankings for 2010s hip-hop featuring Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake. Stay tuned to Honk Magazine for the latest updates on Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and all things hip-hop.

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Kid Cudi Unleashes Cinematic Fever, Two Films, a Head Tattoo, and the Beat Goes On

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Kid Cudi Unleashes Cinematic Fever, Two Films, a Head Tattoo, and the Beat Goes On

 

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2024 has already witnessed Kid Cudi‘s musical revolution with the release of INSANO and its NITRO MEGA expansion, but the Cleveland visionary is far from done. In a recent Twitter revelation on March 2, Cudi tantalizingly teased two upcoming films, promising a rollercoaster ride of madness and hilarity.

“I got the music outta me,” he declared, igniting excitement among fans. “HELL NAW, the film at Sony with the Lucas Bros is coming together beautifully. It’s madddd funny and ridiculous. Can’t wait for y’all to see this madness.” And that’s not all – Cudi’s directorial debut, “TEDDY,” is on the horizon, set to unfold its magic sometime after the tour.

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Breaking away from the musical scene, the 40-year-old maestro has boldly announced a shift toward film, with his next album slated for 2026. “Expect an album from me every other year,” he shared. “Next year is all about filmin’. Got a bunch of stuff I need to get done. Film and TV. Taking a year off music to do it all.”

But the surprises don’t end there. Cudi, known for pushing creative boundaries, recently flaunted a striking floral head tattoo that encircles his skull, marking a bold departure from his usual artistic expressions.

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Returning to the cinematic realm, “Hell Naw,” a zombie horror comedy co-written with the talented minds behind “Judas & The Black Messiah,” promises to blend laughter and spine-chilling horror. Cudi guarantees, “You will be shook. I promise. Y’all know I don’t play around.”

On a more personal note, “Teddy” draws inspiration from Cudi’s 2009 hit, “Pursuit of Happiness.” Executive produced by Jay-Z and Jeymes Samuel, this comedy promises to weave Cudi’s personal struggles and experiences into a tapestry of trippy, fun, and poignant moments. Cudi believes, “This film is very close to my heart. It’s trippy, it’s fun, it’s sad, it’s life.”

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For the latest on Kid Cudi’s electrifying journey into film and all things creative, stay tuned to Honk Magazine. The beat goes on, and Cudi’s cinematic symphony is just beginning!

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