Despite Joe Rogan Demands, Spotify Employees Remain Silent on Anti-Semitic Lyrics

French rapper Freeze Corleone on Spotify. The rapper has been criticized for spreading anti-Semitic hate by Jewish groups and French officials.

Last week, Joe Rogan questioned why activist Spotify employees seemed so intent on editing his podcasts — but unconcerned by highly-explicit and controversial lyrics on the platform. That’s a question also being asked by Jewish groups concerned about anti-Semitic content being actively promoted by Spotify.

For those just tuning into this controversy, a group of Spotify employees has reportedly been demanding direct editorial oversight over Joe Rogan’s podcast content for weeks. Rogan, who was roped into a Spotify exclusive deal for an estimated $100 million, has been subject to constant internal attacks from the activist group, particularly over guests and viewpoints viewed as transphobic.

Already, Spotify omitted certain podcast episodes involving controversial guests during its content migration. Whether that editing goes any further is unclear, though Rogan pushed back on the demands last week. “If you have a problem with people saying terrible s—t and you work for Spotify, maybe you should listen to some of the lyrics,” Rogan stated. “Because some of the lyrics and some of the f—king music that you guys play over and over and over again makes my shit pale in comparison.”

Rogan pointed to some extreme gangsta rap lyrics found on Spotify, including songs like ‘Cop Killer’ by Ice-T’s Body Count and numerous tracks by N.W.A.  But Jewish groups have also been sounding the alarm about hate-filled, anti-Semitic rap lyrics on the Spotify platform — without any response from Spotify.

Just last week, we first reported on a letter sent by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, specifically over anti-semitic lyrics by popular French rapper Freeze Corleone.

The letter, authored by the Center’s director for international relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, pointed to extremely anti-semitic lyrics and social media posts from the rapper.  That includes direct praise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, Holocaust denial, and broad attacks against prominent Jewish last names.

“Mr. Ek, we urge you to remove Freeze Corleone’s raps from Spotify, thus evoking awareness in Sweden and beyond that malicious hatred can kill and is not ‘freedom of expression,'” Samuels wrote to Ek. But the Spotify CEO hasn’t responded to the demand, and neither have any activist Spotify employees. Just last week, Samuels told Digital Music News that he hasn’t received any correspondence back.

But Samuels isn’t the only one raising this issue. Last month, the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism sharply criticized the rapper’s repeated racism against Jewish people — and his wide availability on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, and others. “Pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic and pro-conspiracy theory lyrics are in Freeze Corleone’s songs,” the group noted while highlighting lyrics like:

“I arrive determined like Adolf in the 30s”; and

“Build an empire like young Adolf, determined with great ambitions like young Adolf”

Addressing platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and TIDAL, the group asked: “what are you waiting for to report it and ban it permanently?”

Freeze Corleone, whose real name is Issa Lorenzo Diakhaté, has racked up millions of streams on Spotify. But Spotify isn’t just ignoring this rapper — they’re actively promoting him.

The rapper is not only available on Spotify, he’s prominently featured on the Spotify-curated Fresh Raps playlist and Spotify’s top chart playlists for both France and Belgium. The last two are chart-based, while the Fresh Raps playlist is actively curated by Spotify employees. Collectively, these playlists draw millions of subscribers and plays.

Separately, the rapper has been dropped by his label, Universal Music Group, over the anti-semitic lyrics. Even the French Ministry of the Interior is actively investigating legal actions against Freeze Corleone, with French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin publicly urging Facebook and Twitter “not to spread this garbage.”

“These words are unspeakable,” Darmanin stated.  “At my request, the Ministry of the Interior is investigating legal proceedings as quickly as possible to prosecute the perpetrator.”

All of which raises the question of whether Spotify’s activist employees are selecting specific causes to champion, while ignoring most others.  Ironically, while certain employees are demanding the editing and removal of Joe Rogan’s podcasts, the company is actively promoting an artist espousing ethnic hatred.

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    Beats By Dre

    National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM) is and continues to be a major problem across all the platforms, whether Spotify, Apple, Amazon, YouTube or other, while the major label affiliated distributors are happy to continue to be a pipeline for this garbage.

    Everyone is complicit, nobody is willing to do anything other than cut the occasional check to social justice organizations when their actions are exposed. Its incredibly easy to identify and deal with this content, if the desire to do so was there.

    Check out the band Graveland (even their bio states they are ‘nazi-sympathizing’), song ‘White Beasts of Wotan,’ complete with published lyrics. Streaming now on your favorite platform, probably in violation of German/Austrian restrictions.

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        Jay Raggz

        You obviously don’t know what the word means. Go read a book you ignorant POS.

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          Hank

          I’m the POS, but you took time to respond. You’re a backward ass moron if there ever was one.

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        Jack

        Name one right he’s taken from you, you blithering moron. Just one. Now ask yourself who is fighting hardest to create civil unrest while simultaneously “defunding” the police? And who has used fear of a fairly benign disease to suppress the shit out of your constitutional rights? Which party wants more control over your life and more power in the hands of government?
        Do you even understand what a Nazi is and what their end goal is or is that just a word you like to toss around because it sounds scary and you’ve heard other people use it in regards to Trump?
        Try not to hurt yourself genius.

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          Hank

          Jack. Forget your meds today? You’re spouting the idiot mantra. Nobody is defunding police. Nobody is taking your guns. The civil unrest isn’t coming from peaceful protests, but extremist groups who set up other groups through their civil unrest measures. This is proven by the admission of prayer patriots and proud boys and boogaloos. Maybe you don’t read much, or know how to. Check it out some time.

          Trump is an asshole and has done plenty to take away from society. If you don’t get that, you’re beyond help as a blind follower. He’s following the pattern and strategies of people like Hitler, Kim Jong Un, Stalin and others.

          Wave you flag. Wear your red cap. Shout MAGA from the top of your lungs. All those things are hype to get support from a power-hungry, egomaniac person who has no desire to lead or help the country. He wants your vote and to continue enriching himself, his companies and his family, while helping his friends. This is all really happening, while businesses close, the economy tank, millions are unemployed, Americans die from a pandemic that hasn’t been addressed, the national debt skyrockets, foreign relations evaporate and freedoms are actually taken away.

          Which party wants more control over your life? Well, let’s see…the GOP is trying to ram through another justice to bring unbalance to the courts right now. This would mean a challenge to Roe v Wade. That affects our lives and the right for choice (and don’t begin to say pro-choice is pro-death, because it isn’t). Trump has got Americans mostly locked in the country because he chose and chooses not to address the pandemic (tell your theory of benign disease to 215k+ dead Americans) so our life can get back to some normalcy. We are trapped in our own country. No need for a border wall. Mexico probably wants it to go up more than idiot supporters did. Healthcare in the hands of Trump. Cmon, now, that has a little impact on our lives. The new tax code he put in place was a disaster. Actually, most everything he does is shoddy and not thought out, so it either fails outright or we find out it was ripe for fraud (can you say PPP program?).

          Oh yeah, the stock market is doing great. Well, that doesn’t matter for fuck, because it isn’t an economic indicator. Things like unemployment and consumer confidence are.

          For all the hooting and hollering from his supporters, they are not the ones who even invest in the market. It’s a joke; a bad dream that almost half of this country are weak, no-brained followers. We are fucked seriously if this guy gets 4 more years. He should get 20 to life for his crimes of treason and fraud.

          You and your theories are losing it, and it shows. America is worse off today that before Trump. Period. That’s fact.

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        Ivana pickle

        Yeah that’s the problem ” Trump’s a Nazi”. Just keep peddling those stupid ass mainstream talking points like a good little puppet.

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          Hank's Third Leg

          It was bait, actually, for stupid ass replies. And you – hook, line, sinker.

          When you use the terms “mainstream” and “puppet” in a rebuttal, you look like a total douche, pushing an agenda. Why don’t you add in something about George Soros, Bill Gates and Hilary’s emails? Jeez.

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            RMcD

            Hank…don’t be mean. You don’t want to
            responsible for a snowflake swinging from the end of a rope in their parents basement.
            “Burn it down ” but leave my Nintendo alone.
            Mom, is it time for my meds. I told you I don’t like chicken fingers mommy.

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        Locke

        I bet w/o googling it u don’t even know what NAZI is an acrynym for nor how Nazism is practiced in real life.

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            Oprah

            Ok…go. w/o google.
            And as u google it remember its collectivism (socialism) whc has a murderous treacherous history in the 20th century. Remember Cadtro bros worth 1 billion plus, Bernie worth millions even after his wife drove a viable college institution into the ground siphoning off its wealth.

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            Golda M

            Oh it’s not an Acronym?
            Then what is it smartass.
            U prbly think Hitler is evil but unwittingly subscribe to his same ethos.
            Collectivism. Everything for the state.
            Yr Jew hatred like AH was 2ndary to his Nazi platform. The Jew thing was personal and a catalyst to the ignorantmasses looking fora scapegoat just like you are. Once again must I point all you ignoramaces to current day Israel. They wud eat you for lunch.
            You wud cower in their presence bcs they actually will cut the heart out of you. U r used to the cowardice of American and Eurooean Jews.
            I dare u to spout yr anti-semitism face to face to an Israeli.

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            SF

            Your time is more valuable than explaining the difference between an acronym and an abbreviation to a moron on the Internet.

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      Murphyful Fate

      Yea thats the problem, a band 5 people listen to and nobody cares about. Does spotify push graveland to millions like this rapper fellow? No. The issue is what spotify tries to silence and what spotify actively promotes.

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      Spangler

      NAZI in ignorant snowflake language i-gen means
      “Anything I don’t like”
      …they couldnt tell u 1 precept of Fascism,  Nazism,  Communism.
      It’s all just someone said something mean to me. ” I care about people more than you do. ” Selfrightious 
      spoiled stupid white trust fund punks and jealous BLM, Antifa who know nothing of hard work and succeeding in anything. (Read how the Blacks in 1960s threw your panzies asses aside when you tried to be all badass at Columbia regarding you thinking you were speaking for Blacks.)
      You’re a bunchs of wimps.
      Not alphas but ignorant ‘Z’ed punks. And if you’re one of these Jewish SJW and you think the Blacks like you. Guess again. They despise you in America and Europe. That’s how ignorant you leftie snowflakes are.
      As for you European anti-semites, take your talk to Isreal and you will understand an ass kickin’ like you never experienced. Do NOT mistake the leftie Jews if USA and Europe for the Jews of Israel. They will not tolerate you and will deliver you an ass wuppin’ like you never experienced. You ignorant, coward i-gen white , BLM and Antifa pussy punks. 

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        Angelito

        Antifa, Snowflake, BLM – any other buzzwords you want to throw out. You don’t even know what BLM is, as an organization. You probably think Antifa is an organization. The real snowflakes are those following Trump, succumbing to an America that is nothing like America should be.

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          Mensch

          I bet u r a civil servant..
          All secure paycheck not one ounce of independence, courage, guts. U still couldn’t tell us 1 precept of NAZISM
          Google the early 1920s NAZI platform moron.
          ANTIFA…i and your ilk a bunch of underdeveloped
          Milquetoast LARPers who want to be late 1960s radicals. U r irrelevant
          Unable to make it in the real world.
          50-ish

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            Kelton

            copy/paste again and again. You’re a bore…and a dimwitted one, at that.

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          RMcD

          Hank…don’t be mean. You don’t want to
          responsible for a snowflake swinging from the end of a rope in their parents basement.
          “Burn it down ” but leave my Nintendo alone.
          Mom, is it time for my meds. I told you I don’t like chicken fingers mommy.

          BLM Burn, Loot, Maimed

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            Hank

            More copy/paste from you. Pathetic and lazy.

            Alt Right extremists, not BLM. Check it out.

            Proud Boys, Boogaloos, Prayer Patriots and more. They all lay claim to the mayhem surrounding the BLM peaceful protests.

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      BB critic BB no real balls

      JRE…has Jordon Peterson on, agrees with him, has oposite opinion on, agrees with them. JR and esp Bill Burr make sure to only safely attack obviously absurd white purple hair whit woman who are of course insane. But wud BB attack the insaniry that blacks project onto whites. I mean is white or black hate any different.
      Wud BB ever address black insane irrational hatred of whitey. He tries to be so edgy but is not 360 in his assessment. Only takes the crazy whitey angle. No courage to address maybe blacks hv a irrational view and hatred of me just bcs Im a white suburbanite.

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    Mat

    Get Woke, Go Broke, it all boils down to the simple truth that we all as people are entitled to an opinion and a perspective. No one can take that from me and it is anyone’s right to disagree with me, however no one has the right to tell me how to feel or what I can say.

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      Laura

      That’s not true. Anyone can tell you how to feel or what you can say. You; however, don’t have to comply with those requests.

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    Jack

    Whatever happened to the notion of, if you don’t like it, don’t listen? Like grownups. Like a society that actually understands the implications and disastrous consequences of suppressing free-speech. Congrats education system, you’ve created yet another generation of blithering morons.

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      Roger

      Exactly. Vote with your wallet. It’s pretty simple. I blame the Internet and social media for empowering people to spout off unnecessarily. Think back to a world before these platforms for social whatever you call it these days. Everyone, both parties, all sides, just stfu already.

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    Contamminated

    Hey Spotify, When are the “missing” episodes of JRE going to be uploaded? We’re in a pandemic, I know, but you did manage to get all the others up & running. Maybe the whiny employees should be moved over to other “projects” I’m sure you must have some really boring, non thought provoking content too. Those weak minded people should do just fine on those other projects.

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      Oprah

      Ok…go. w/o google.
      And as u google it remember its collectivism (socialism) whc has a murderous treacherous history in the 20th century. Remember Cadtro bros worth 1 billion plus, Bernie worth millions even after his wife drove a viable college institution into the ground siphoning off its wealth.

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        Dr. Faucibreath

        posting the same comment in a different area doesn’t make it true suddenly.

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      Sparta

      JR vs Spotify pussy snowflakes. Cage match.
      I’m surprised JR is taking this all matter of factly.
      I though Joe was way more independant.
      I’m starting to wonder.

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    TPaine

    NAZI in ignorant j4snowflake language i-gen means
    “Anything I don’t like”
    …they couldnt tell u 1 precept of Fascism,  Nazism,  Communism.
    It’s all just someone said something mean to me. ” I care about people more than you do. ” Selfrightious 
    spoiled stupid trust fund punks. Read how the Blacks in 1960s threw your panzies asses aside when you tried to be all badass at Columbia regarding you thinking you were speaking for Blacks.
    Your a bunchs of wimps.
    Not alphas but ignorant Zed punks. And if you’re Jewish and you think the Blacks like you. Guess again. They
    despise you. That’s how ignorant you snowflakes are.
    As for you European anti-semites, take your talk to Isreal and you will understand an ass kickin’ like you never experienced. Do NOT mistake the leftie Jews if USA and Europe for the Jews of Israel. They will not tolerate you and will deliver you a ass wuppin’ like you never experienced. You ignorant, coward i-gen white , BLM and Antifa pussy punks. 

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      Micky dickey

      I think tpaine may be on to something. As far as sputify goes well it can just take twitter and gtfooh.

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        SKYNARD

        Civil Servant ! Or college job protected coward.
        Can’t survive in the real world. Can you offer any kind of rebuttal to anything u disagree with.
        “Troll”…that so indicative of your lack of coherent, logical response. Go collect yr guaranteed payck. Even during covid.

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    JLocke

    I bet w/o googling it u don’t even know what NAZI is an acrynym for nor how Nazism is practiced in real life.

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    A deTocqueville

    TY for the vote of confidence. I am Spangler, JLocke and
    TPaine. These f**king morans probably are scrambling on google to see the tag names
    referenced.

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      Geronimo

      of course you are. You have too much time on your hands. what a idiot you are

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        A deTocqueville

        Still looking up the name references.
        You prbly googled
        De”Taco”ville…its not a new restaurant in town.
        I’d like an order of those Spanglers. So delicious.
        I bet you Loved Karl in those Marx brothers movies.

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    Mensch

    I bet u r a civil servant..
    All secure paycheck not one ounce of independence, courage, guts. U still couldn’t tell us 1 precept of NAZISM
    Google the early 1920s NAZI platform moron.
    ANTIFA…i and your ilk a bunch of underdeveloped
    Milquetoast LARPers who want to be late 1960s radicals. U r irrelevant
    Unable to make it in the real world.
    50-ish

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        Oiy-resh

        Not 1 relevant, coherent, rebuttal.
        I bet u never even read the communist manifesto nor the declaration of independence.
        Yr Mentality…
        Orange man bad.
        Safe spaces good.
        You as a weak specimen will be liquidated 1st by yr beloved left.
        Case in Point: Your hero’s
        ELLEN DeGeneres
        KEVIN Spacey
        HARVEY WEINSTEIN
        Et al.

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          Angelito

          I bet, I bet, I bet…that’s all you say then off into ramblings. Are you really Kanye, because you need mental help. Good think you’re locked up in a basement somewhere. Sad

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    Sparta

    JR vs Spotify pussy snowflakes. Cage match.
    I’m surprised JR is taking this all matter of factly.
    I though Joe was way more independant.
    I’m starting to wonder.

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    Howistrumpanazi

    Trumps a NAZI…??
    Elaborate beyond that you hate him. How is he a Nazi. What does he advocate that has anything similar to NAZI philosophy? Please elaborate on the tenets of Nazism and in what ways is Trump is replicating this genre of governance? Explain?

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    Angelito

    “We must hate. Hatred is the basis of communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not communists.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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    Angelito

    “We make war against all prevailing ideas of religion, of the state, of country, of patriotism. The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.” –Karl Marx

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      The Dude

      Great job on the copy/paste. The quote sums up Trump perfectly. He wants not for opposing speech and the restraint of real government, or an organizational body.

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        Angelito

        “Tremaux proved that the common Negro type is the degenerate form of a much higher one … a very significant advance over Darwin.” – Karl Marx

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          Dr. Faucibreath

          Interesting how you are familiar with Karl Marx quotes.

          “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
          – Groucho Marx

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    Angelito

    “Wipe out North America from the map of the world and you will have anarchy— the complete decay of modern commerce and civilization.” – Karl Marx

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      Dr. Faucibreath

      “The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” – Groucho Marx

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    Pashley

    The whole platform-as-content-school-marm thing is, in the long term, fatal to platforms. Why we have Section 230. If for any reason you want to have a more restrictive and interventionist policy than Section 230, you submit the platform host to endless rounds of criticism, lawsuits, government oversight.

    So music platforms either hold tight to Section 230, in the strictist interpretation possible, or capsize under the weight of social combat.

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    Angelito

    Communists slaughtered millions of jews. Think Groucho would have fun with that?

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