This excerpt from a Wired.com article is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time, especially because it wasn’t, as far as I can tell, supposed to be funny:
“The prospect of having fans understand what I’m saying and repeat it in their language (drew me to) the company,” said [rapper] Prodigy in a phone interview just before he began a jail term for illegal gun possession.
The rest of the article is pretty interesting, too. Apparently, some company has figured out a way to layer Prodigy’s vocal characteristics onto his lyrics after they have been translated into any of 1,500 other languages and spoken by a third party. The result is a song with all the instruments, synthesizers, and so on, accompanied by what sounds like Prodigy rapping in Urdu or Swahili or Mandarin. While some of the comments below the article suggest that this technology is not quite ready for prime time, it’ll be fun to see where it goes in the next few years.
You can read the full article at Wired.com: “Software Morphs Rapper Prodigy Into Global Cipher“