Patti Smith’s ‘Rock n Roll N—-r’ Terminated From Streaming Services

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American singer and songwriter, Patti Smith’s track ‘Rock n Roll N—-r’ has been terminated from all streaming services. Rollingstone reported.

Patti Smith’s track ‘Rock n Roll N—-r’ was quietly removed from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Music in recent months, though a precise removal date and Smith’s involvement are unknown. The track is still available on physical copies of Easter, which is one of Smith’s bestselling records thanks to its single “Because the Night.” 

She describes Jimi Hendrix, Jesus Christ, and Jackson Pollack using the epithet — “and grandma too.” “I was lost and the cost and the cost didn’t matter to me,” she sings. “I was lost and the cost was to be outside society.” In the album’s liner notes, she explained why she chose to use the word: “N—-r no invented for color it was MADE FOR THE PLAGUE,” she wrote. “The word (art) must be redefined — all mutants and the new babies born sans eyebrow and tonsil … any man who extends beyond the classic form is an n—-r.”

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Smith declined to comment for this article. The track’s co-writer, guitarist Lenny Kaye, who also sang on the song, did not respond to Rolling Stone’s requests for comment. Reps for the streaming services did not respond to requests for comment.