Jay Z may have 99 problems, but fans of the rapper/mogul are facing a problem of their own now that all his music has been yanked from Spotify and Apple Music, reportedly at the behest of Jay Z himself.
According to The Verge, the two leading streaming services no longer host any of Jay Z’s solo music (although his collaborations with R. Kelly and Linkin Park can still be found on Apple Music and Spotify).
In a statement to The Verge, a rep for Spotify said that the removal of some of Jay Z’s catalog was done “at the request of the artist.”
This is the third time Jay Z’s content has been pulled from the streaming services, with the first occurring after Jay launched his own competing streaming service, Tidal, and removed his debut album, “Reasonable Doubt” from all other streaming services. Last year, his 2001 album “The Blueprint” was also removed from all streaming services other than Tidal.
As it stands right now, any fans who feel like getting their grooves on by streaming some Jay Z will have to sign up for Tidal in order to do it.
Meanwhile, Twitter Moments chronicles the disappointment of fans upon discovering Jay Z’s music had vanished from the streaming services: