50 Cent has stepped in to defend R Kelly after Spotify made the announcement that they won’t be actively promoting his music from now on in the wake of the #MuteRKelly social media movement. The streaming company also made the decision to take identical action with XXXTentacion’s tracks – and it seems the move is grinding Fiddy’s gears. ‘Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion,’ the 42-year-old rapper wrote on Twitter. ‘There not even convicted of anything [sic].’
R. Kelly, who has been accused multiple times over the decade of sexual misconduct, reposted the Candy Shop hitmaker’s tweet on his Instagram, clearly moved by the vote of confidence.
‘Thanks for the support fam! No weapon formed,’ R Kelly wrote in his caption in reference to the popular bible scripture that reads: ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper.’
And the singer didn’t stop at quoting Isaiah 54:17 – just in case we weren’t sure that he was not pleased with Spotify’s action against his art, his camp responded to the company pulling his music with a statement. Via a statement to Billboard, Spotify explained that decision was made as part of a new policy on ‘hate content and hateful conduct’.
The Ignition rapper’s team have issued a strongly worded reply, saying Kelly ‘never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire’. They go on to say that Spotify ‘has the right to promote whatever music it chooses’ but ‘in this case its actions are without merit.’