Bu Thiam‘s role as EVP at Columbia Records has him scoping for new artists from all walks of life … and he’s looking to add NCAA champ Flau’jae Johnson to his roster!!!
We caught up with Bu at LAX and he had nothing but praise for Flau’jae, who recently helped the LSU Tigers win their first women’s basketball national championship … in controversial fashion at that.
Bu says he looked into Flau’jae’s credentials and everything checked out, as it should have. The 19-year-old’s been rapping long before it became trendy on the Internet … going viral through appearances on “The Rap Game,” “America’s Got Talent,” and her 2020 “Sway In The Morning” freestyle.
She inked a deal with Roc Nation management last year … so, at least Bu knows who he needs to convince for a joint venture.
As a music exec, Bu also has to be mindful of the industry’s changing landscape … and he’s surprisingly open to the idea of artificial intelligence artists, unlike some of his counterparts, like Swizz Beatz, who’s expressed concern.
AI recordings mimicking the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Kanye West are littered all over YouTube … but Bu thinks the industry needs to be more open-minded and embrace the technology.
Jay-Z‘s longtime sound engineer Young Guru has also been lashing out about AI, but Bu thinks the tech could actually make better songs than humans!!!