Rapper 50 Cent has spoken out in defence of R.Kelly, after Spotify chose to stop promoting his music and removed his playlists from their streaming services.
It was announced yesterday that Spotify would cease to provide users visible access to any of R.Kelly’s songs as part of the company’s updated ‘hate content and hateful conduct’ policies.
In the wake of those within the #TimesUp movement calling for the boycott and a #MuteRKelly hashtag fronting the campaign, it appears companies have heard, listened to, and agreed with people’s concerns.
However, that hasn’t stopped others coming forward and sticking up for the singer that’s been plagued over the years by accusations of sexual assault and most recently claims he abused and mistreated under-aged girls while grooming them into a sex cult.
50 Cent, 42, decided to comment on the decision by tweeting his thoughts to his 10.2 million followers.
‘Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artist like R Kelly and xxxtentacion. There not even convicted of any thing,’ he shared.
Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artist like R Kelly and xxxtentacion. There not even convicted of any thing.
— 50cent (@50cent) May 10, 2018
The rapper also mentions XXXTentacion, who has also had his music ‘muted’ from the site, after a number of run-ins with the law and controversies to his name.
R.Kelly himself saw the show of public support by the In Da Club singer and posted it to his Instagram following of a million people.
‘@50cent thanks for the support fam! No weapon formed… #BornForThis’ he captioned the screengrab.
A post shared by R Kelly (@rkelly) on May 10, 2018 at 1:30pm PDT
But Fiddy’s comments and show of support didn’t sit well with people on Twitter, causing debate over the side he took.
calm down kanye
— Panda (@Metonymontanas) May 10, 2018
50 shut up
— Emer Kenny (@MissEmerKenny) May 10, 2018
Are you kanyeing
— Isabel-Li▪️ (@Shadyiixing) May 10, 2018
Some did point out that if they’e removing artists like R.Kelly, why are they keeping names like Chris Brown in the spotlight, who, in the past, has assaulted then girlfriend Rihanna, and had an ex-girlfriend take out a restraining order against him.
Wait till they hear about Chris Brown Spotify trying to be Police…
— Boodoo Productions (@Boodoo407) May 10, 2018