A day after Spotify went public with its intentions to fund an IPO, their curatorial team has taken a big hit with Tuma Basa exiting the company. Basa whose RapCar playlist has nearly 9 million followers, will be taking his talents elsewhere.
Spotify made the following statement regarding his impending departure:
“Tuma has been an incredible asset to the RapCar team, and we thank him for his contributions. The RapCar team, which is rapidly expanding with boots on the ground globally, is committed to building the brand and giving its users the best hip hop experience on the platform.”
The nature his departure has not been disclosed as this writing. Basa has a long list accomplishment in the music biz, having joined Spotify after a string high prile directorial positions at Revolt, MTV, and BET. He is also credited with giving Cardi B and Desiigner their initial mainstream pushes his genre-specific playlists. Hopefully this major cabinet shuffle doesn’t negatively effect the steady stream new artists finding their footing on Spotify.