Viral AI Voice Generator Lets You Impersonate Rappers and Past Presidents

Kanye West has covered Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"... Kind of. An AI voice generator is allowing users to take their favorite artists' voices and pair them with any text implemented, and the results are blowing up on TikTok.

Although the AI voice generator carries a range of artists, the rappers are impressing TikTok users who are sharing their productions that use, for instance, the likes of West and Eminem.

To try it out yourself, visit uberduck.ai, but you will need to create a Discord account. The AI lets you choose a range of voices, ranging from past presidents, including JFK and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to cartoon characters. The site prompts users to type in their text, and then generates the speech in the chosen voice. However, finding a realistic voice can be a tedious task, with some appearing relatively unrealistic.

For TikTok users, Kanye West is the clear winner in terms of content, with one video (the aforementioned "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover) gaining over 300,000 likes since its May 18 upload by @gustaabo. In comparison to the other voices available, West's is undoubtedly the most realistic, and recognizable, offered.

Although TikTok has been showing that impersonation is the highest form of flattery, the love for the app hasn't been reciprocated in the past by West, who once said the content on TikTok "disturbed" him. In August 2020, the rapper tweeted, "A vision just came to me...JesusTok. I was watching TikTok with my daughter and as a Christian father I was disturbed by a lot of the content but I completely loved the technology."

This isn't the first time the internet has been introduced to rappers with deepfake technology. In March 2021, Calamity AI released a deepfake diss track using Eminem's voice against the patriarchy. Calamity AI are the same group that created a diss track with Eminem's voice aimed at Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

In May 2020, Open AI also launched Jukebox, which generates snippets of artists doing crossover covers in various genres.

Unsurprisingly, there exists fears about how far deepfakes can go. YouTube channel Vocal Synthesis faced potential problems in April 2020. The channel removed its Jay-Z-voiced covers of Billy Joel and recital of the famous Hamlet "To Be or not To Be" soliloquy, after they alleged having receiving a copyright claim from Roc Nation LLC.

Just like the viral Tom Cruise deepfakes, which saw scarily accurate impersonations of the actor doing magic tricks take over TikTok, the increase of readily available deepfakes causes concern for some. As the amount of easily accessible deepfake creation rises, so does the risk of using the technology with harmful intentions, including misinformation and fake news.

For now though, Kanye West covering a Queen classic can only do so much harm.

Kanye West performing live
Vanguard Award winner Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. An AI voice generator is allowing users to take their favorite artists' voices and pair them with any text implemented. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images