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11 Artists Who Deserve to Be Muted on Spotify

Chris Brown and Kid Rock


Never depend on a tech company to solve your problems. Unless the problem is that you don't want to listen to problematic musicians. In that case, Spotify does have a solution! According to The Verge, Spotify will soon allow users to mute certain artists, meaning songs from that artist from will never catch you by surprise and ruin your day.

The decision to mute artists comes not long after the #MuteRKelly movement surged in popularity due to the BET docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. But there are plenty of other artists who deserve to be axed from your Spotify rotation.

Chris Brown
Brown has been cancelled for a long time after his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna came to light. And while some people have begged for his cancellation to be brought back up for consideration, the singer's behavior hasn't gotten much better. Brown was just arrested on aggravated rape charges in Paris, CNN reports.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake deserves a mute for throwing Janet Jackson so far under the bus that he stalled her entire career. Timberlake got out scot free and has released several successful albums -- and Man of the Woods -- since. Smash that mute button, sis!

Tekashi 6ix9ine
There is a long list of alleged crimes involving 6ix9ine, including choking a 16-year-old fan in Houston, but the rapper is probably most known (and most mute-worthy) for pleading guilty to posting a video online of a sex act involving a 13-year-old girl.

Though the late rapper pled not guilty to charges of aggravated battery against a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and first degree witness tampering, Slate reports that a 2016 recording included the rapper confessing to "fucking her up, bro." Let's not forget the time he casually talked about beating up a gay man. Yikes.

Robin Thicke
Not only does Thicke have a history of domestic violence, according to the judge who barred him from seeing his ex-wife Paula patton and his son, TMZ reports, you may also remember when Thicke asked us all to bop along to 2013's "Blurred Lines," a song that seemed "kinda rapey," as the Daily Beast put it.

Joy Villa
You probably don't even know who Joy Villa is, but if I told you she was the stunt queen who showed up to awards shows wearing Make America Great Again and anti-abortion dresses, that'd jog your memory. Yeah, this one's easy.

Nick Carter
Nick Carter may not have faced sexual assault charges for the alleged rape of then-girlfriend Melissa Schuman, member of the girl group Dream, but that doesn't make the details any less harrowing. In September, Schuman published a blog post alleging that 15 years ago, Carter performed oral sex on her without consent and then demanded oral sex in return. She alleges that he then raped her, CNN reports.

Despite being told several times throughout his career that saying "faggot" on the track is not a good idea, Eminem used it again in 2018 when he released his surprise album Kamikaze. You know that is? Not growth.


Kid Rock
Unfortunately, Rock seems to have missed Hilary Duff's landmark PSA where she tells people not to use "gay" pejoratively, because boy does he love it! "If someone says you can't say "gay" like that you tell them to go fuck themselves," he told the Guardian. "You're not going to get anything politically correct out of me."

Kodak Black
Black still has a pending sexual assault case, but that's just the surface of why the rapper should be muted. In 2017, the rapper broadcast video of a woman performing oral sex on him and other friends on Instagram. The rapper has also been vocal about his preference for light-skinned women. "Dark skin women are more difficult. I like light skin women. They are more sensitive," he told Essence. Black has also gone on record saying he prefers light-skinned women because "we can break them down more easy" and that he doesn't like women who are his skin complexion because "we too gutter," the BBC reports.

Eureka's verse in "American"
Homonationalism is already bad, but adding Eureka to it? Ugh, we're so tired.

Related | 'Surviving R. Kelly' and the Inherent Violence of Being a Black Woman

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