Spotify has removed dozens of podcasts carrying controversial content — including a number of Joe Rogan’s earlier episodes. Spotify employees have even threatened to strike if not given direct editorial oversight over Rogan’s future interviews. So why is Spotify refusing to remove Freeze Corleone — a rapper who repeatedly praises Hitler and the Third Reich?
Freeze Corleone is an independent rapper — but not by choice. Just last month, the French artist was dropped by Universal Music Group because of his heavily anti-Semitic lyrics. UMG severed ties with the rapper after his latest release, LMF. “The release of the album has revealed and amplified unacceptable racist statements,” Universal stated.
Aside from being roundly condemned by Jewish advocacy groups, Freeze Corleone is also under investigation by French authorities for lyrics like these: “I arrive determined like Adolf in the 30s”; and “Build an empire like young Adolf, determined with great ambitions like young Adolf.”
Freeze Corleone is also a Holocaust denier. Yet Spotify has refused to remove the rapper, despite obvious issues pertaining to racial hatred and conspiracy theories. Even more concerning, the platform is actively promoting the rapper by placing his songs within multiple highly-trafficked playlists, some of which require direct editorial review by a Spotify employee. Collectively, these playlists have millions of listeners, and several of Freeze Corleone’s tracks have millions of plays.
Since first raising this issue, we’ve been unable to get any response from Spotify. Others have also been getting ignored, including Jewish advocacy groups like the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Despite an open letter imploring Spotify CEO Daniel Ek to address this issue, the group has told DMN that they’ve yet to receive any response.
Now, a Digital Music News reader and Spotify subscriber decided to ask Spotify again — this time by trying customer service. That’s when the company’s stance on the matter emerged.
“After seeing your article, I decided to contact Spotify for myself and see how they respond,” the reader — who asked not to be identified — told us. “My original message to them was, ‘can you please remove the antisemitic lyrics from rapper Freeze Corleone?”
Here’s how the conversation went.
Spotify (John S.): I understand that you have some concerns with a song’s contents. I’ll look into that for you.
Subscriber: Will you please. It wouldn’t make a dent in the scale of Spotify, but it’s devastatingly hateful and sadly influential to many.
Spotify: I understand where you’re coming from. May I ask if you’re referring to a specific song or a playlist?
Subscriber: Well it’s not any particular song. It’s well spread though all the content. If you listen to some [I’m] sure you find something.
Spotify: Got it!
Subscriber: There are articles online that speak of it. “Freeze Corleone antisemitic lyrics”. You know.
Spotify: We make music available as the artist intends it to be heard, and that sometimes includes explicit content. Based on the information they provide, we tag explicit releases with EXPLICIT or E.
The response follows continued pressure by activist Spotify employees to edit Joe Rogan podcast content.
The activist group has reportedly demanded action against Rogan for expressing views deemed to be transphobic. That includes a recent episode with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. In the interview, Shrier strongly questioned why teenage girls are undergoing irreversible transgender surgeries and hormonal treatments, while noting that many aren’t actually transgender.
That episode drew intense protest, with activist Spotify employees demanding its removal and direct editorial oversight over future episodes. Initially, Spotify omitted a number of episodes featuring far-right guests while transitioning Rogan’s catalog, but haven’t removed the Shrier episode.
Spotify has also recently removed a number of podcasts promoting QAnon conspiracy theories. But now it appears that none of that editorial oversight carries over into music.
Rogan himself blasted the contingent of ‘woke kids’ protesting his podcast, while raising the issue of broader editorial inconsistencies.
“If you have a problem with people saying terrible shit and you work for Spotify, maybe you should listen to some of the lyrics,” Rogan remarked.
“Okay, 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.”
“Pro-Hitler Rapper” … come on !!!
Trumps favorite artist, no doubt. Birds of a feather…
That thing on his head if a dead bird.
It may not be totally dead. It could just have Covid. That guy is a super spreader of stupidity and disease.
You tell em, Bernie.
It’s just Spotify being Spotify. And it’s just the far left being as heinous and hypocritical as the far right. And sadly, it’s just the beat going on.
Wow, and arab think he’s a white supremacist. Too bad his nazi pals in Germany would’ve thrown him in the gas chambers along with the people he hates.
I’m no fan of Israel, but Europe is going to severely regret bringing all that scum to their continent (they already do).
The one thing modern liberals in the West don’t get is that liberalism was NEVER about accepting everyone. It was about defending a list of rights of modernity, and RELIGION was ALWAYS intended to be suppressed, like it is in the US Constitution. ISLAM will NOT tolerate modern liberal values. You CAN NOT allow it a foothold or it will take your country over. Look at every single moslem nation on earth. Not a SINGLE ONE is free like the West is! WAKE THE F UP!
Oh yeah, and F rap, most tired bs music ever. I ONCE LIKED it, when it was GOOD, before 25 years ago.
You pussy lol
lol here in france no one thinks he’s racist lol stop lying pls
Most of y’all American pussy would break y’a red neck on his music, lol stop commenting.
That articles really shows that the author does not understand French completely and misses a lot of subtleties and nuances. Too bad
Exactly, when you have the full context of his lyrics you understand that he really is far from being a nazi or anti-semitic or a holocost denier. Sad that we’ve come to this point and everyone just jumps the gun especially with an artist as talented as him. #JeSuisFreezeCorleone
I dont understand french but ekipafond comme Spotify
thx for propaganda
I have to say the person writing this article is seriously in need of some fresh vagina, seems like it’s been a while
Omg that article is so bad, it leaves no choice about what the reader (who probably doesnt even know the artist) should think about him. Sure he uses thoses phrases but in the point to shock his audience not to promote antisemitic content. He also aint a holocaust denier. Do a fckin research, he said something like “idc about the shoah”, because he was tired that medias always talk about it and never of the genocides that are happening right now in Africa. That isnt journalism, that is pure hatred of an artist you obviously dont understand and who doesnt even speak your language, -which is probably why you dont understand him-.
Stfu pussy Freeze Corleone is not anti-semite
This media is pure garbage
The music is the least important item on the agenda of Record companies. Stick any old ‘flavor of the month’ crap out there, market and promote it and the people will buy it. Why spend $200,000 on providing budgets for bands to make great music when you can spend almost NOTHING and make more money when people buy this junk. The dumbing down of America continues and everything is controlled by MONEY and PAYOLA. But the fans are clueless. They think all musicians are rich and famous when in fact they are all going BK!
If I hate black licorice, am I a racist?
NO, you’re just a fool. Black licorice would offer a laxative effect, which you clearly need.
Nothing like a couple of fresh-squeezed jakes in the morning.
I’d rather look in the mirror, thanks.
MEDIAS LYING (AGAIN)
WHY? (WE KNOW..)