Kanye West has responded to a lawsuit launched by one of his fans over his last album, “The Life of Pablo”.
According to Billboard, Justin Baker-Rhett claims that Kanye and streaming service Tidal engaged in “deceptive conduct” by getting users to subscribe to Tidal with the promise that “The Life of Pablo” would be exclusive to the platform, only to release the album on other platforms soon after.
The lawsuit cites statements by Kanye, including a tweet that read, “My album will never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.”
Kanye and his lawyers are now firing back, pointing to the fact that after the debut of “The Life of Pablo”, the rapper continued to work on and alter the album, eventually releasing the updated versions on other streaming services.
The album, they say, is a “living breathing changing creative expression,” and that Kanye “has altered lyrics, changed vocals, added new beats, and remixed songs.” This version of the album, Kanye claims, is what he released to other platforms. “In other words, the original version of ‘The Life of Pablo’, which debuted on Tidal in February 2016, was always exclusive to it.”
“The versions of ‘The Life of Pablo’ that are available on other streaming services are different from the original, Tidal-only version,” Kanye’s team says in their motion to have the suit dismissed. “Plaintiff does not dispute that there are differences between the versions of the album available on the different streaming services, and therefore he has not shown that Mr. West’s tweet about the exclusivity of ‘The Life of Pablo’ on Tidal was false.”