Kanye West has reportedly left Jay Z’s music streaming service over a money dispute.
Update 7/7/17: A source close to Kanye West has confirmed that Tidal’s exclusivity rights to the rapper’s music have been “terminated” over an alleged failure to “honor its financial obligations.” The source confirmed the news to Billboard, which means unless a new deal is formed in the future, all forthcoming releases from West will not appear as Tidal exclusives like last year’s “The Life of Pablo”.
According to TMZ, West is allegedly unhappy with Tidal and claims the streaming service owes him $3 million. An inside source tells TMZ West’s lawyers sent Tidal execs a letter last month, stating the company was in breach of contract and their agreement would be terminated. After two weeks of back-and-forth between Tidal and West’s team, no agreement has been reached, resulting in the termination of the contract between the two.
The basis of the dispute claims West’s “The Life Of Pablo” brought an influx of 1.5 million new users to Tidal which was supposed to come with a bonus that has not been paid to West. The dispute also claims there are several music videos from the album that Tidal has yet to reimburse him for.
However, Tidal is reportedly fighting West’s claims, alleging the rapper is still under contract and has threatened to sue the “Famous” singer for breach of contract should he move his music to another streaming service. West is reportedly willing to walk away from Tidal but has threatened to counter-sue should they go after him.
News of the dispute between Tidal and West comes just as Jay Z drops his “4:44” album which includes several lines believed to be disses at West. The track “Kill Jay Z” contains some thinly-veiled negative references to West, including a take on his famed “College Dropout” album title, son Saint and a nod to his nickname, Ye.
Read the lyrics below and make up your own mind:
I know people backstab you, I felt that too/
But this ‘f**k everybody attitude’ ain’t natural/
But you ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba ‘Ye/
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye /
You give him $20 million without blinking/
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f**k what was he thinking?/
‘F**k wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying/
But if everyone is crazy, you’re the one that’s insane/
The beef between the two former friends got personal last year after West called out Jay Z for not reaching out following wife Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery.