In what has to be viewed as a tacit admission of the fact that the girls behind the #MuteRKelly movement were on some ol' bullshit, it was announced the other day that Spotify is rescinding its policy of censoring a few random black guys for supposedly having engaged in hateful conduct.
They've ditched the Hateful Conduct Policy, or whatever it was called, on their website, and they've added XXXTentacion's songs back to the popular Rap Caviar playlists. It wasn't clear whether or not they'd be adding R. Kelly's songs back to their official playlists, but it doesn't make any difference. His streams actually went up when he was censored, whereas XXXTentacion's streams went down. Anyone who's still interested in listening to R. Kelly at this point already knows the names of his albums, from when they were in high school.
Supposedly, Kendrick Lamar was instrumental in getting Spotify to roll back this bullshit policy, and if that's true, I have to give it up to him. It's painful for me to even type that, but you gotta give credit where credit is due, and Kendrick Lamar was either the only person in the hip-hop community with the balls and the sense to object publicly to the hateful conduct policy or the only one who was famous enough for it to have been widely reported.
Everyone in the hip-hop community should have objected to Spotify's hateful conduct policy, not because they condone beating up pregnant women, or peeing on a middle school-age girl, but because they're against censorship, and the way censorship works is you're either for it or against it. There is no in-between.