Listen To An AI Rap Based On Kanye West’s Lyrics

A West Virginia teen built a rapping robot in one week.

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One week in his high school programming club, Robbie Barrat, a 17-year-old from rural West Virginia, was a part of a debate about the potential of artificial intelligence to outperform humans. By the next week, he'd built a program that could rap on its own.

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Using an open-source machine learning library called PyBrain, the first version of his code was able to rearrange existing rap lyrics into new sequences. But 6,000 Kanye West lines and a few days later, the program can now write bars all its own. While it's definitely not rapping quite as well as most bona-fide human rappers just yet, it can recite its bars (mostly) on-beat, incorporating pauses for rhythmic effect.

Read more about Barrat's creation over at Quartz, and check out an example of the fruits of his labor below.

Listen To An AI Rap Based On Kanye West’s Lyrics