Kendrick Lamar Threatens To Remove Music From Spotify After XXXTentacion Ban

Posted on May 25th, 2018
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Earlier this month, Spotify announced a new policy against “Hate Content & Harmful Conduct,” under which the music streaming service stopped including artists guilty of misconduct in their playlists and other editorial promotions.

XXXTentacion, who was charged for physically abusing a pregnant woman, and R. Kelly, who has been accused of raping multiple women and minors, were the affected artists initially announced.

Well, after receiving backlash from users of the app, multiple artists and employees; the company has backtracked their statement somewhat.

According to Bloomberg, the music streaming service told music executives that they planned to restore XXX’s content back to playlists, which came after internal rifts and a public outrage in the process.

Soon, Spotify Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek and head of artist relations Troy Carter received calls from representatives of several acts – including Kendrick Lamar who expressed frustration.

The “DAMN.” MC reportedly threatened to pull his music, along with those other unnamed executives, if the company maintained its current policy. Top Dawg Entertainment President, Punch also commented on the situation saying, “Whoa. Are they censoring the music? That’s dangerous.”

In August of last year, K. Dot surprised fans by tweeting his support for XXXTentacion’s last album 17 by writing, “listen to this album if you feel anything. raw thoughts.”

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