R Kelly Spotify

Music from troubled recording artists R. Kelly and XXXTentacion is no longer available on Spotify after a Duke University VP complained about Spotify programming.

Spotify announced it is removing R. Kelly's and XXXTentacion's music from it playlists and programming due to "hateful conduct."

The news comes days after two baristas were fired from a Duke University coffee shop for playing offensive rap music by Young Dolph.

Young Dolph

On Friday, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta entered a Joe Van Gogh coffee shop on the campus of Duke University and overheard a song by Young Dolph playing on Spotify.

Moneta complained about the offensive lyrics which included the N-word and the line “I f----d her so good."

Baristas Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons, who were working in the shop, apologized and turned the music off.

Simmons later said Moneta "verbally harassed" Brown about the music.

Brown offered to give Moneta a muffin free on the house, but Moneta declined and chose to pay instead.

Spotify apologized to Moneta for the incident and announced it was removing several artists -- included R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion -- from its playlists. It isn't clear if Young Dolph is one of the banned artists.

Spotify defended accusations that the company is censoring the troubled artists.

“We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions -- what we choose to program — to reflect our values,” Spotify said in a statement. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

R. Kelly faces renewed claims of sexual misconduct and kidnapping, while XXXTentacion was recently arrested for physically abusing his girlfriend.

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    What happen to innocent until proven guilty??? Furthermore what is the crime? Hugh Hefner had 30 bunnies leaving with him and they called this a glamorous life?

  • Shira Harding-James

    If that’s case, several thousand artists should be removed ?????

  • FukkFolks2018

    Did you really take TWO different stories and mush em together...to make one inaccurate story? Asking for a good personal friend of mine.

    Spotify apologized to Moneta (where is this at?)

    Baristas Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons, who were working in the shop, apologized and turned the music off. (Simmons said not one word. It is on tape. He was back there steadily making the coffee dranks and watching. Said he couldnt even make out exactly what her and Dook VP man were saying)


  • Sid

    If they remove Juvenile “back that azz up”
    This is where I draw the line!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    I agree....that is one of them songs where you stop wherever you are and bust out dancing on que.....


    Was the forehead tattoo not a dead give away... ????????????????????

  • Trace da Ace

    well they need to go through their whole music catalog....because 99.5 percent of todays rap lyrics have shit like that in it...sooooooo.....

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    "Asking for a good personal friend of mine."

    Thanks friend...... I know I had read a different version of this somewhere. Plus, they aren't removing them from the streaming service. Just no longer promoting them on playlists.

  • SpillyNillie

    XXXTentacion is a hybrid of Willow Smith and Bow Wow...that's all I got.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    What is it about that song?! I instantly turn from classy to trashy! Straight stripper moves!

  • Scromes1212

    They need to be careful playing the moral police. "Hateful conduct" can have a lot of meanings.

  • KcoolMuziq

    R Kelly is just a hit away from a comeback. He's that talented where he can create a song that NO ONE will be able to resist and panties will drop again.

  • Sid

    Girl I don't know.
    I just start to bouncing and looking and back swinging my hair lol
    It's a classic for sure

  • Scromes1212


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  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Who is xxxtacion ... ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Oh... Just asked this... Thanks for the info ... ?

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    lmmfao as I also raise my hand in shame.......lol

  • C Mack

    Thanks for clarifying

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile me and friend was getting it in dancing to this the other week.... Chile had the nerve and pulled out project pat ... Too... Chile make dat azz clap make it snap ? ... Talk to me now owwwwww

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I wish they would leave R Kelly alone......Dam......I like old dick while he like young kitty........Next.....

  • FukkFolks2018

    This mess has taken over my whole entire FB timeline since they got fired on Monday. All I got up there aside from my fam and friends are what? Reporters. Many of who have some kind of Duke or Durham tie. A Duke grad or two. Someone(s) who worked on the lacrosse stories. Some who worked on the story on the Duke and the Muslim mash up. Its a lady who even worked on Michael Peterson trial, lacrosse AND is a Duke grad lol. She a damn hybrid.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Old dick is legal. Young cudda kat is not.

  • Shira Harding-James


  • Luv Pitties

    I see they still kept The Hey Song by Gary Glitter and he was into child porn. So if you’re going to clean house Spotify clean the whole damn thing

  • Luv Pitties

    I played Cheeky Blak the other night lol

  • sunni_daze

    This makes no sense. And I find it hard to believe that Spotify dropped their music because of Barista's being fired and a University made a phone call. I think R.Kelly's time is up with all the predatory shit he been doing for years and now being made more public, the XXX dud look like he making devil worshipping music which is reason enough to be dropped.

  • Omega

    no way that they'll remove xxx

  • Ni Ni

    Ion know chile. I can't tell these new rappers apart. They all scare me with these face tats looking like sons of the devil.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    UMMM hmmm see RKelly they gone get ya now!! You were their poster boy of love no so long ago!! Funny how quick things change when they can’t make money off of you anymore. All the covering up they did for him and paying off folks to drop cases and look the other Way when he was writing songs for the likes of ppl like Celine Dione and his solo career took off !! The way that trial was handled was sickening! I watched a recent documentary on reelz tv that talked all about rkelly and the cover ups for him and how they lied on the marriage license about Aaliyah’s age. They covered up for him like they covered up for others because it was big money on the line Now after many failed attempts at a comeback they have thrown his ass to the wolves he prolly about to go to jail they stripping him of everything.

  • Candance

    If we are going to start judging everyone/everything based on everything then we might as well shut the whole world down! ***IRJDK****

  • SpillyNillie

    No problem, Jen!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Never heard of em ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Lawd ?

  • Anunnaki

    Still listens to r kelly

  • Anunnaki

    Its a never ending task. I digress......humans and they selective outrage.

  • MsPam

    Speak for yourself!

  • MoniquetheGeek

    I know this is random, but I'm traveling to Raleigh this weekend (first time in NC). Any recommendations on food spots, places to check out?

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    R Kelly been peeing on 14 year old bishes for the last 25 years. Why everybody mad now.

  • Ni Ni

    Cause of "me too".

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    I don't know the music, but the Starbucks baristas were wrong to play the music with those type of lyrics. I would be offended waiting for my latte and somebody was singing those type of lyrics.

    These artists can start their own streaming service; or do like R Kelly and stream on their website....more money.

  • Conscience

    It's call freedom of speech not freedom to be a jerk. It's about time they start censoring garbage that's being fed to our kids. It is destroying our communities. An it's on purpose. Anyone who can't see that is lost.

  • Browneyes

    What has he been convicted of? Only convicted in the court of public opinion

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Not Starbucks. It was Joe Van Gogh coffee shop.

  • Browneyes

    exactly. who????

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    We only get mad when we're told to get mad by the media, a preacher, or an organized social justice group.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Yep you hit the nail on the head with that one Auntie.

  • FukkFolks2018

    This is a crazy weekend. Its why we dont do festivites out for our birthdays (May 7th, 9th and 12th) or Mother's Day. There are 9-10 very large universities and colleges graduating this weekend and for all intents and purposes Raleigh still a smaller city far as state capitals go. I normally recom'd The Pit, Kanki, Second Empire or Sullivan's but none of those places will likely have room for reservations this late in the game sadly for this particular weekend. To top it all off there are still quite a few area proms being held. Its just crazy this weekend. Call and try to see if you can find someplace that is open

    Good luck!!!!

  • GAPeach

    Maybe your panties. You are always defending fukk boi shit.

  • GAPeach

    His ass was a pervert too

  • countrygal

    You damn right

  • MoniquetheGeek

    That’s the reason why I’m going (graduation) lol. Thanks for the info!

  • i troll it like i see it

    I'm not into either artist and they both appear to be scum, but it's a slippery slope deciding for folks what they can listen to on Spotify or any other music streaming service. Now as for the workplace, yes they shouldn't have had that playing.

  • Indies beauty

    Xxxtension is scary!

  • i troll it like i see it

    "If you is the baddest, booty is the fatest let me hear ya holla out ay yi yi"
    Reminds me of the younger days.... still love Pat! ??????

  • Shira Harding-James

    Your response doesn’t line up with my comment

  • Logan Roberts

    Never heard of Triple X?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Okay ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Exactly ... Chile .. ??

  • Yup, I said it

    R kelly is doing what Hugh Hefner did for over half a century. Hell Hugh Hefner even made a show about "Girls next Door" and made a ton of money of th e show.

  • teather

    Shit, if that's the case MOST of them should be removed. Everyone forgot Dre beat the journalist's as$. BEATS was bought for millions, so what's really going on here? Spotify will lose in the end.

  • Luvn_it

    They're not removing their music they're just not going to promote it on spotify's official playlists

  • Luvn_it

    Their music isn't being removed from Spotify it just want be promoted on the playlists. You can still find R.Kelly catalog just search his name or the song. I don't know who the other dude is but same

  • Luvn_it

    So are they also going to be removing music by Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis from the Spotify playlists? And I'm guessing they about to get rid of 90% of Rap Caviar

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Why did they remove their music? If ppl don't want to listen to their music, then they won't. Let folks make up their own mind! Don't know what Spotify tried to accomplish with this stunt..

  • Luvn_it

    I don't know about the 2nd part the 1st part I can kinda agree with. Ppl seem to be forgetting R.Kelly was on trial in 2002 and dropped a album that debut at #1 had a top 10 single,a top 20,and another that made it to #2. Didn't really seem like him being on trial for child porn stop ppl from buying and listening to his music.

  • tintin


    And u know he doing a song for dem church goers. They forever be stepping in the name of love

  • Reenaface

    It's unusual to hear rap music in a coffee shop. Usually the music ranges from jazz to light pop to even blues music. I guess I'm thinking of the standalone type of coffee shops and not the ones that on college campuses. Pretty naive of the two baristas to not take into consideration that college faculty may fancy a cup of coffee or muffin two.

  • Cali

    Then you's a nasty motherf&*$#r

  • tintin
  • ebonics

    Hahaha! I was wondering what that thing was up top, thanks for clarifying. I want none of what it has to offer, looks possessed.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    There's now a petition for RCA to drop Chris Brown because of the rape charge.
    Look. All of this is bad. But to take an artist and ban him/her -- I'm against that. You can boycott the artist. If he has a concert -- don't go to the concert. But to ask labels to drop artists because of some criminal charge that hasn't been tried in court. First off, if the label drops him, label is open to a lawsuit.
    And as for R. Kelly -- you don't like him, don't buy his records. I'm not for these labels and stream services to take it upon themselves to be judge and jury.
    It's like Cosby. All those honorary degrees were taken away before the trial. What if he had been found "innocent"? I'm surprised Cosby hasn't sued Constand for the $3Mil he paid her.

  • nick c

    lol im gonna steal that comeback if you dont mind

  • mona q

    I’ve been mad. Haven’t listened to him since that peeing video came out.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Sure have at it! ?
    I have no clue what she’s talking about.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Wait lol

  • Shira Harding-James

    Never heard of XXXterminate, XXXmarksthespot, or XXXiled....

  • KcoolMuziq

    It would be a good "STEP" in the right direction. He can easily do it. I've seen The R MANY times live and and he can sing ANY church singer under the table.

    Only God can judge.

  • Patricia

    n-word and sex talk? thats all the so-called music today.

  • iAmsterdam

    They didnt remove the music from spotify, only from their playlists

  • Wayup!

    Hmmmm.. this will be good for Tidal... But ? at these moral concepts from Spotify the real question here is: how does the vice president of any University have that much pull?.. ?

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Aren't those young ladies at least 18+? If so, that's definitely legal in my state. Some young women (such as myself) prefer older men and always have. So I never saw a issue with Kelly liking younger women. Brainwashing/grooming is a different story.......I know for a fact that when I was 18 (over 25 years ago), Kelly wouldn't of had to ask me twice if I wanted to chill/live with him. I get that some folks think men who prefer young young women is sick.......I don't because I like older men- And I don't think I'm sick for that at all. My kids father is 12 years older than me.

  • Mister Fantastic

    What in the white privilege is this?

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    True! and every time he gets "in trouble" for it he comes out with the most BANGIN music! SMH

  • Drea982

    I don't see how taking them off Spotify means anything. I can't play explicit music at work and whoever got fired for playing it was stupid. There's a time and a place for everything. XXXTention cord or whatever that is, looks like a trash music auto tuned mumble rapping mess anyway so whatever. But leave the Pied Pedophile's music alone! Love me some 12 Play.

  • Strip Club Veteran

    That's some bullshit. Removing Xxx I can understand. But R. Kelly, foh.

  • Anunnaki

    He is too, so umm yea

  • Judi Lauren

    He's only been removed from the algorithm of promotion. I was listening to both young dolph and Kelly today on spotify.