Spotify announced R. Kelly’s catalog was removed from its playlists on Thursday (May 10) based on its new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy. Now, the company has decided to remove XXXTENTACION’s music from its playlists as well.
As reported by the New York Times, Spotify explained the company “thought long and hard about how to handle content that is not hate content itself, but is principally made by artists or other creators who have demonstrated hateful conduct personally.”
As of Thursday, X’s music is no longer featured on the Rap Caviar playlist, which boasts over nine million followers but his music is currently still available on a Spotify-curated This Is XXXTENTACION playlist.
The polarizing rapper is facing multiple felony charges stemming from a 2016 domestic violence case, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. If convicted, he could face up to decades in prison.
Despite his soiled reputation, X’s latest album, ?, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in March. The 20-year-old recently announced his next album, Skins, was coming soon.
Spotify worked with organizations like The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color Of Change, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate to come up with its recently written policy.
HipHopDX reached out to X’s publicist but she declined to comment on the record.[apple_news_ad type=”any”]