Rapper T-Pain spoke out about the Spotify controversy involving Joe Rogan this week, pointing out the far-reaching but logical consequences if Spotify removed Rogan from its streaming platform.
What did T-Pain say?
T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm, told TMZ that censoring Rogan would initiate a negative domino effect necessitating the removal of rap music from Spotify.
In fact, T-Pain said that if Spotify actually cared about policing the language that content creators stream on its platform, then “they’d take off all the s*** we talk about — killing each other and all that s***.”
“If they want to take off the derogatory terms for African Americans, they got to take off all the derogatory s*** that we say,” T-Pain said. “They gotta take everything, everything, off.”
“They can’t just censor Joe Rogan and be like, ‘Well that’s good, now let me get back to my motherf***ing killing album.’ You know what I’m saying?” he continued. “If they’re gonna take it off, you gotta take all of it off.”
“But they don’t want that. Nobody wants that,” the rapper said. “They just want what’s making them uncomfortable right now [taken off]. You gotta keep that same energy with everything, not just the s*** that’s making you uncomfortable right now. That’s the harsh truth.”
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T-Pain Talks Joe Rogan Podcast N-Word Scandal, Cancel Culture, Whoopi Goldberg, New Music & More!
Earlier in the interview, T-Pain pointed out that videos of Rogan using the N-word existed on the internet for years, but only became a problem after he secured a $100 million contract with Spotify to exclusively host “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
“Let’s keep in mind, he’s been saying all of this before he got $100 million,” T-Pain noted. “Everybody knew that that s*** was happening. It wasn’t like he was a small podcaster before all this s***. All that s*** was public knowledge.”
Despite continued attempts to cancel Rogan, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has said the company will continue hosting Rogan’s podcast.
“I want to make one point very clear — I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer,” Ek said in a statement to Spotify employees on Sunday.
“We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress,” he explained.
Rogan also has apologized for his use of the N-word.