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2Pac’s Estate Threatens To Sue Drake For Using A.I. Pac Voice In “Taylor Made” Diss Track

The estate called the move a "blatant abuse of the legacy of one of the greatest Hip-Hop artists of all time."

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The use of intelligence, in the world of Hip Hop has stirred up confusion among fans as Tupac Shakur‘s estate has raised concerns about boundaries being crossed. They have issued a warning to Drake regarding his track “Taylor Made,” which takes aim at Kendrick Lamar and includes verses generated by AI using the voices of 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

Billboard obtained a letter sent to the Toronto rapper urging him to take down the song within a day or face consequences from Tupac’s estate.

“The Estate is deeply dismayed and disappointed by your unauthorized use of Tupac’s voice and personality,” litigator Howard King wrote in the letter. “Not only is the record a flagrant violation of Tupac’s publicity and the estate’s legal rights, it is also a blatant abuse of the legacy of one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time. The Estate would never have given its approval for this use.”

The letter also acknowledges Kendrick Lamar’s connection to the matter “The unauthorized, equally dismaying use of Tupac’s voice against Kendrick Lamar, a good friend to the Estate who has given nothing but respect to Tupac and his legacy publicly and privately, compounds the insult.”

Drake released his track “Taylor Made” on the past Friday, April 19 as a response, to tensions with Kendrick Lamar. In the song he imitated Tupac’s voice. Mentioning Kendrick in lyrics like “Kendrick, we need ya, the West Coast savior/ Engraving your name in some hip-hop history/ If you deal with this viciously/ You seem a little nervous about all the publicity.”

Mopreme Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s brother voiced his disapproval of Drake using Tupac’s voice in his music during an interview with TMZ. He criticized Drake for involving his family member in a rap feud. Mopreme also echoed Suge Knights stance that Tupac should not be manipulated as a pawn, in conflicts he isn’t part of.