The 17-year-old rapper known as Tay-K 47 had his music removed from Spotify playlists Thursday as part of the music streaming platforms purge of hateful content. Taymor "Tay-K 47" McIntyre has gained popularity for allegedly committing heinous acts including murder. McIntyre is currently in jail on charges of two capital murders, one in Mansfield and one in San Antonio, Texas.
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A Tarrant County judge showed how concerned he was over the glorification of the teen in March. "I don't know how many people are supposed to die and I don't know why we … as a country seem to glorify bad acts by putting out records and videos and people are following in this," State District Judge Wayne Salvant said at McIntyre's bond hearing. Wayne denied bond to McIntyre.
"It's my understanding that people throughout this country have 'Free Tay-K signs up or 'goto' funds to fund his defense and this court has a problem with that. I don't know what this country has become when people can go out and allegedly commit heinous crimes and be glorified for it," Wayne said. Spotify seems to agree since they removed McIntyre's music from their playlists although his music is still available if you search for it specifically.
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Spotify announced new policy Thursday that is aimed at not promoting hate content and hateful conduct. The music streaming platform said in a statement to Billboard that rapper R. Kelly's music would be removed from the streaming service's editorial and algorithmic playlists. An article in Spin magazine found that Tay-K 47's music had also been removed from multiple playlists.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My songs have been removed from playlists because I’m being accused of something that I havent been convicted for. I don’t make hate music I rap about what goes on in every hood in America. I will never let a situation hold me back from what I believe in. RUGRAT PLAYLIST OUT NOW <a href="https://t.co/TtCO2SaIwg">pic.twitter.com/TtCO2SaIwg</a></p>— TAY-K 47 (@tayk) <a href="https://twitter.com/tayk/status/994697972997869568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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McIntyre remains in Tarrant County Jail on the double murder charges but still tweets regularly, presumably through his management team. In a tweet Thursday, McIntyre said his songs had been removed from playlists because of "something that I haven't been convicted for." The teen did not seem happy that his music had been removed.
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