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Spotify Backtracks New Hateful Conduct Policy


After receiving backlash from industry executives such as Kendrick Lamar’s record label, Spotify has officially backtracked their recent hateful conduct policy.

Spotify announced at the beginning of June that the company is dropping the plan to ban artists who engage in hate conduct. However, the company plans to keep the ban against hate content in place. “While we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing our new guidelines,” the company said in a new statement released on their blog in early June.

In May, the Swedish streaming platform introduced a policy for “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct.” The policy permits the removal of hate content or refraining from promotion of such content, defined by the company as “content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.”

“We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisionswhat we choose to programto reflect our values,” says the online statement on the new policy. As a result of the policy’s initiation, artists XXXTENTACION and R. Kelly faced removal of promotion of their music from the streaming giant. Although R. Kelly’s music does not necessarily entail hateful messages by the rules of the policy, the company chooses not to support the negative behaviors associated with an artist.

While speaking at the Code Conference on Wednesday night, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted Spotify rolled out the policy wrong and “could’ve done a better job.” Moving forward, the company plans to continue collaborations with artists, as well as the music community. In their most recent statement, Spotify says, “We will continue to seek ways to impact the greater good and further the industry we all care so much about. We believe Spotify has an opportunity to help push the broader music community forward through conversation, collaboration, and action. We’re committed to working across the artist and advocacy communities to help achieve that.”


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Kanye West Addresses Critics in Travis Scott’s “Watch”


If you’ve been keeping up with social media lately, you’ve been probably been wondering the same thing: WTF is going on with Kanye? His antics, from posting photos wearing President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat to suggesting that slavery was a choice in his interview with TMZ, have led fans to question what’s going on in his head. Many celebrities, such as John Legend and Chance the Rapper, have spoken out on the situation, some in support of Kanye’s pro-Trump tweets and some against it. His new song entitled “Lift Yourself,” has left the public genuinely confused at his motives for his next big release. In his interview with TMZ, Kanye sheds light on the state of his mental health. He mentions his addiction to opioids after his on-stage breakdown in 2016.

In his recent feature on Travis Scott’s single “Watch,” Kanye addresses some of his critics’ concerns:

Wanna know how I feel? Step into my minefield/

Wanna know how pain feels? I got off my main pills/

Bet my wifey stay close, she know I’m on my Bezos/

Opioid addiction, pharmacy’s the real trap/

In the same year, Kanye revealed the tension between him, Beyonce, and Jay-Z. Jay-Z followed up this outburst on his song, “Kill Jay-Z,” in which he implied that Kanye is “insane.” In his collaboration with Travis Scott, Kanye responds to the concerns of his current mental health, claiming that he is speaking his mind freely on being a Trump supporter, with the following lyrics:

Sometimes I feel trapped, Jordan with no Phil Jack/

One year it’s Illuminati, next year it’s the Sunken Place/

They don’t want me to change, nah, n**** run in place/

With an upcoming album to release in June, we can’t be sure Kanye has in store for us. 


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Hot or Not? Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” Review


Cardi B is the true representation of starting from the bottom. Her rags-to-riches story begins quite conventional to the new age of fame. The Bronx-born rapper gained notoriety as a social media celebrity who posted funny videos of herself before landing a spot on Love & Hip Hop, where she used her screen time to push her aspiring music career. It wouldn’t be long before she dropped two mixtapes, and broke out into the mainstream with “Bodak Yellow.” Many were skeptical of how long Cardi’s reign would last, and some even questioned her apparent talent. On top of that, there’s still a few people that refuse to give a woman credit where it’s due in the area of rap music.

Invasion of Privacy is that middle finger to Cardi’s skeptics as she proves yet again that she is more than just a pretty face and a one-hit wonder. The upbeat album features Cardi spitting on different beats, varying from pop-trap music to ballads. Cardi knows that her personality is intoxicating, and she uses it to bring you into her life. Her music remains equally as unapologetic as she is and displays different layers of who she is.

The introduction sets the tone for the album with “Get Up 10,” an explosive tune that nods to her rise to fame. She reflects on the struggle she faced in order to get to where she is now, and the song upholds the empowering feel of the album. She gets in tune with her Latina side with “I Like It,” featuring Puerto Rican singer and rapper Bad Bunny and the Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin, a badass revision to Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like It Like That.” It is without question that Cardi drops empowering and relatable tracks for women throughout, including the upbeat ballads “Be Careful” and her “Ring” collaboration with Kehlani. The Cardi confidence that we know and love shines in both “Drip” featuring Migos, as well as in her collaboration with Chance the Rapper, “Best Life.” Her emotional ballad “Thru Your Phone” contrasts with her boldness and shows off a much more vulnerable side of herself.

Cardi B lets her fans into her world and allows them to, essentially, invade her privacy. The album was executed well, and has had amazing numbers since its release last week. Invasion of Privacy was certified Gold by the RIAA the same day it released, selling over 500,000 units. It also debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. Cardi B is doing her thing in the rap game, giving it a playful, yet bold side. She successfully displayed her ability of being versatile, and it’s without question that this is not gonna be the last we see of her.

Stream Invasion of Privacy now on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and other music streaming platforms.


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