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Need Help with Your Hip Hop Lyrics? Try DeepBeat

Rap and hip hop have the greatest lyrical density of all forms of popular music. But what happens when you get stuck on a rhyme and the words just won’t come? Maybe DeepBeat is the answer.

Boffins at Aalto University in Finland, the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology and the University of Helsinki have come up with some machine learning magic designed to help people create rap lyrics. It can draw on 641,000 lines of lyrics from 12,500 songs (mostly English, but also Finnish) by 100 or so rap stars. To get started, all you have to do is type in an opening line.

As I write this, my two bull terriers are barking at something they see from my second-floor office window.

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Okay, so that’s not the most inspired line. But let’s see what DeepBeat suggests. Clicking “Generate Lyrics” results in…


My opening line obviously needs work. I’ll get back to you. Meanwhile, if you want to mess with DeepBeat, go here. More details on the AI can be found at Gizmag.


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