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El-P Goes Off on Spotify for Not Protecting Artists Against Fraud

El-P Goes Off on Spotify for Not Protecting Artists Against Fraud

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El-P had (a lot of) words for Spotify.

Veteran rapper and producer El-P revealed some of the difficulties he’s having with streaming juggernaut Spotify. On Friday (October 19) the Run the Jewels member went on a lengthy Twitter rant about how Spotify doesn’t protect artists from fraud.

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The fraud El-P is speaking of is when rappers or artists try to game the system by uploading music under the artist’s name.

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A Twitter user brought up the issue to El-P and he proceeded to go off:


One of the things that El-P brought to light is the idea that it’s the artist’s responsibility to regulate fraudulent behavior. Not Spotify:

El-P also brought up the fact that this seems to be a problem that’s unique only to Spotify:

According to El-P, another problem that occurs is when people upload his music under different names, taking streaming revenue from him:

Spotify has not yet responded to El-P.


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