Hours after Spotify scrubbed their platform of R. Kelly’s music, rapper 50 Cent took to Twitter to call out the streaming service company.
In case you missed it: Billboard reported yesterday that beginning May 10, Spotify users will not longer be able to find the singer’s music on any of the streaming company’s playlist, and this comes following the company’s new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” said the company in the statement shared with Billboard. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. 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.”
Read the rest of the exclusive statement here.
Another artiste who was affected by this policy is rapper XXXTentacion.
Reacting to this news, 50 Cent said Spotify was wrong for this move, that neither Kelly, nor XXX have been convicted of any crime, although both have been accused of committing a series of heinous acts.
R. Kelly has a well-documented history of allegedly sexually assaulting underage girls, while XXX, according to Billboard, “has been accused of abusing his girlfriend, who was pregnant with his child at the time. In late 2017, a series of court documents illustrated the alleged abuse his girlfriend had experienced at X’s hand, including being pushed down a flight of stairs.”
See 50 Cent’s comment, as shared on R. Kelly’s Instagram: