Top Dawg on Spotify Reversing Conduct Policy: ‘It’s a Slippery Slope If You Start Censoring Music’



Earlier this month, Spotify unveiled a controversial new hate content and hateful conduct policy that included removing music from the platform’s curated playlists by artists who didn’t reflect “[Spotify’s] values” like R. Kelly, XXXTentacion and Tay-K. The move had immediate negative monetary implications for the artists involved. Today, the platform announced it will roll back part of the new policy, citing how vague and difficult to implement the policy would be.

Of course, at least part of the reason for today’s announcement has to be chalked up to mounting pressure from the music industry to drop the policy. 50 Cent was an early critic, but soon reports stated that other artists, including Kendrick Lamar, were ready to pull their music from the platform if Spotify didn’t do something to change their policy. It turns out Lamar himself may not have pulled the strings, though Top Dawg Entertainment boss Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith certianly did.

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  1. I like that they changed their mind if you sensor artist like R Kelly or Xxxtentacion you gotta go back 50-100 years to get Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, David Bowie, Jerry Lewis, and so on and so on. The thing that makes music good is that artists are screwed up mentally. You try to police that and you kill what makes music great.

  2. IF TDE WERE TO REMOVE THEIR MUSIC FROM SPOTIFY, I WOULD START BUYING RECORDS AND CANCEL MY SUB ON SPOTIFY!!
    Daniel is a swede like me tho, and he is reasonable and loves art, so Im not surprised! I bet he read the Alexander Bard tweet also!
    THANK YOU SPOTIFY!

  3. Come on Spotify leave them artists alone there Personal life don’t have nothing to do with there music I feel top dog on that btw Spotify have the best playlist in my opinion

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