This is a generative art project I made for my high school's programming club - which
I'm the president/founder of I was the president/founder of until I graduated.
It's a neural network that has been trained on Kanye West's discography, and can use any lyrics you feed it and write a new song word by word that rhymes and has a flow (to an extent).
Quartz did a really nice profile on me and the program here; https://qz.com/920091/a-west-virginia-teen-taught-himself-how-to-build-a-rapping-ai-using-kanye-west-lyrics/
Let's hear something it made
Okay... Here's a song it wrote word by word using kanye's discography - excuse the vulgarities, the neural network wrote it and not me. https://soundcloud.com/rapping_neural_network/networks-with-attitude
Lyrics to above song
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Bust a playa with the kids I never had
All his time, all he had, all he had, all he had
Most you rappers don't even stop to get the most press kit
Playas is jealous cause we got the whole city lit
But without it I'd be worried if they playing that bullshit
You wanna complain about the nights even wilder
I swear to God I hope you have got to hear
I'll touch every curve of your favorite author
No more wasting time, you can't roam without Caesar
Back when Gucci was the best summer ever
Before Cam got the hundred with the peer pressure
She walking around looking like Herve Leger
So next time I'm in between but way more fresher
And they say you never know, never never NEVER
You the number one I'mma beat my brother
And I know a sign when I heard it's the magic hour
Get Olga Kurylenko, tell her to do better
That know we get them hammers, go on, call the lawyer
But still supported me when I get richer
This my first pair of shoes, I made the Bulls play better
Or use my arrogance as a wholesaler
Prince Williams ain't do it can't be your damn liar
You say I dress white, but my broad way thicker
If I be Don C, we got that, that thing clear
I dropped out of your body like a wrestler
I can't believe I'm back to a cold killer
Lady Eloise I need another lover
He loved Jesus when he off the power
So I pour the potion, so we gone dress whiter
Old folks talking bout Linda, from last September
Might spend 50 racks on my life like a fucking loser
He don't even stop to get this difficult
She told me that I stayed at home with my own vault
She's so precious with the space for the safe belt
Girl he had the strangest feeling lately
Fuck you playa I know it's especially
But let some black people to think logically
Fire Marshall said I could give you this feeling
And wrote hooks about slaves that the youth is missing
I know this part right here, history in the ring
Well I guess she was messin wit me when I'm cumming
I'm way better than some head on a chain gang
On a scale of this, and now you doing your thang
Y'all I know you're living your life so exciting
Started a little blog just to say nothing
I'mma need a fix, girl you was celebrating
Mayonnaise colored Benz I get my engine revving
And my chick in that old lady on Boomerang
Wifey gonna kill me, I do a gangbang
I put an angel in your life so exciting
Right when I do it right if you was celebrating
I was in Benzes, I was still at Burger King
It feel like this but playas don't know what you're drinking
Really Doe told you come on homie they wilding
I swear this right here, feel free to sing along
Shoulda known that was gonna come as it's good I'm young
These playas read the pimp manual, but I just want your girl you was clubbin'
First I spin around and vomit, then I made it from the day you just pretendin'
But I bet you they respect the name Kanye from the heart, y'all all frontin'
We in the same thing like a fat trainer takin a bite or somethin
Abbey Lee too, I'm a jerk, you need that happy beginnin', middle and endin'
That mean I forgot better shit than you ever heard about all this name callin'
Cause I can never be as laid back as this flow end, I'mma let Mos begin
And I bet you they respect the name Kanye from the heart, y'all all frontin'
My mama used to stay recession free
All my friends says implants is a beat from Ye
I want is what I do, act more stupidly
With no response make you wait longer than A.C.
Loud as a shorty I looked up to this degree
Young Walt Disney, I'ma tell you once ting
Straight to jail, yo, in a Bentley shining
Why you trying to make it just ring and ring
Now why would I listen to T-Pain and sing
Everything I throw them all laughing
So glad I ain't gotta borrow nothing
So I promised her everything
I've been waiting on this rocket, Yao Ming
I don't drink the drama that your dude bring
Kanye West is the making of a romantic
Play strings for the World's game, this is tragic
...and this is the making of a romantic
I done wore designers I won't get specific
The layers to my roots, I'm like a paraplegic
Come on, let's take a lot more than the music
I mean, after all the way we was magic
Install (with python 2.x)
pip install -U -r requirements.txt
documented_model.py for notes as python comments.See
If you'd like to use Kanye's lyrics - skip this section
Lyrics.txt comes with Kanye's entire discography in it. You can either use this, or fill it with other lyrics.
Guide to using your own lyrics with
Avoid including things like "[bridge]" or "[intro]"
Seperate each line by a newline
Avoid non alphanumeric characters (besides basic punctuation)
You don't have to retype everything - just copy and paste from some lyrics website
Skip this part if you are using the default kanye lines
model.py, change the variable
artistto the name of the new artist you've used in
model.py, change the variable
Run the program with
python model.py, and allow training to finish.
model.py, if you've trained a new network, the variable
True, set this back to
Run the program with
The rap will be written to the output of your terminal, and also to a file called
- speech.py will "rap" the generated songs with a text to speech over a generic rap beat (
beat.mp3), just run
How it works
Alright, so basically a markov chain will look at the lyrics you entered and generate new lines. Then, it feeds this to a recurrent neural net that will generate a sequence of tuples in the format of
(desired rhyme, desired count of syllables)
The program will then sift through the lines the markov chain generated, and match the lines to their corresponding tuples. The result is the rap.
Use lyrebird.ai to have it rap in Kanye's voice... I'll probably have to hire a Kanye voice impersonator to supply me with 5 minutes of audio to train the net with though... Either that or jailbreak an old iPod and use it to do text to speech with Siri's voice.
Bring back the seperate 'verses' and appropriate pauses that the first version had.
Generative rap beats that it can rap over.
Once I get the lyrebird.ai thing working where it can rap and imitate someone's voice, I really want to do some type of 'album' where there's a separate track on it for each really popular dead rapper (The 90's had some really good ones, Notorious B.I.G., Big L, etc.) - where each track would have the network rapping with lyrics / flow in the style of the said rapper, and imitating their voice with lyrebird's network (admit it, the current text to speech I have is pretty trash). Kind of like an AI resurrection of dead rappers...