Problematic Recording Artists


Your DGB for today is to purchase and consume music mindfully.

When an artist does something you disagree with, the best way to show them is by no longer being a consumer of their pieces. On the heels of Kanye West’s declaration of Trump as his dragon energy brother, we here at DGB were left with an agonizing decision to make regarding our playlists. We had already denounced R. Kelly upon learning that after the show was the afterparty and after the party was the hotel lobby, but after that was apparently rape and child pornography. It was also easy to give up Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Kiss over their Trump support and hate speech. But, truth be told, we all still listen to Michael Jackson, and we haven’t gotten serious enough about giving up Nelly. DGB doesn’t aim to tell you whether or not it’s possible to separate an artist from their art, but we will note that Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby were all recently booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their respective sex crimes.

Additionally, Spotify has recently announced it will no longer actively promote artists it deems harmful or hateful, beginning with R. Kelly.

If you’re ready to give up Kanye, or haven’t purged Nelly or Kelly, try replacing them with similar, but politically progressive artists like John Legend, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z. And find more anti-Trump raps to exercise to without guilt here: