Fif went to Twitter Thursday (May 10) and lashed out for the company’s headline-generating decision.
Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artist like R Kelly and xxxtentacion. There not even convicted of any thing.
— 50cent (@50cent) May 10, 2018
This week, Spotify issued a statement claiming it would pull music from artists with hate content.
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it,” a further statement from Spotify provided to NPR reads. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.” (NPR)
Along with Kells, select content from XXX has vanished from Spotify.
The Times reported that a Spotify representative confirmed that XXXtentacion’s music was also being removed from the playlists. His song “SAD!” is no longer on the popular RapCaviar playlist; Billboard reports that it was there as of yesterday (May 9). (Pitchfork)
Last week, R. Kelly’s team addressed a growing #MuteRKelly ban and referenced lynching.
“Kelly’s music is a part of American and African-American culture that should never—and will never—be silenced. Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it. We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.” (Variety)