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As Quartz reports, a West Virginia teenager has created an artificial intelligence emcee whose style is based entirely on Kanye West‘s body of work. Seventeen-year-old high school student Robbie Barrat produced his own virtual Yeezus following a challenge from other members of his school’s programming club. “All of the sudden I had a week to make a neural network that could rap,” Barrat explained to Quartz.
A self-taught programmer, Barrat cooked up most of the code for his digital lyricist in the course of one afternoon; it only took him a few extra days to complete the effort. The West Virginia teen’s AI rapper takes its cues from 6,000 different Kanye West lines and is able to produce its own bars and flows like a traditional artist would. “Originally it just rearranged existing rap lyrics, but now it can actually write word-by-word,” Barrat says.
You can check out the current iteration of Robbie Barrat’s Kanye West-guided artificial intelligence rapper above.