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Spotify Criticized After Backpedaling on XXX Tentacion ‘Hateful Content Ban’ and Promoting His Music!

By: Monasia Deana

Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin - Getty Images 

As fans and loved ones across the world mourn the untimely death of XXXTentacion, many people, including celebrities, have chosen to take to social media to express their grief for this young individual’s influential and inspiring music that was just beginning to rise in the entertainment industry.

 

One way many decided to cope with the death of the late Florida rapper, was by listening to his music to commemorate his impact in this new world of Hip-Hop.

 

Earlier this year, Spotify issued their “Hateful Conduct Policy” in order to make a point that the company will not tolerate music from artists that have been accused of crimes that are unethical and disgraceful. Among the artists whose music was taken off of Spotify was XXXTentacion.

 

Since his death, reports have shown that his music has generated more streams than ever causing different music platforms to have an increase in monetary gain.

 

Spotify has not only added the artist’s music back onto the platform but have put tracks like SAD! and Moonlight at the top of the Rap Caviar playlist as the first and second tracks. Although the music platform has canceled the former “Hateful Conduct Policy” earlier this June, Spotify did not add the late rapper’s music after this change.

 

Spotify has received much backlash from the media and also fans of XXXTentacion. In the eye of those mourning the death of the former rapper, it seems as if Spotify is only trying to capitalize off of his death. Although the music platform has not responded to claims about exploiting the late artist, this decision has caused much conversation and questioning about the company’s former “Hateful Conduct Policy” and if this only applies while the artist is still alive.

 

The addition of  XXXTentacion’s music on Spotify calls to question whether the company made this decision to memorialize the artist or to add some extra coins to the company’s worth. If Spotify’s intentions were to use this inopportune time as an opportunity to make profit, it will be  an extreme disservice to the mourning of an artist with millions of fans and a strong impact on the millennial generation.