Looks like someone is salty over Jay-Z’s recent album drop of “4:44”. New York rapper Jay-Z released his 13th studio album last week, and fans got an earful of tracks that took shots at Kanye West. Now, as a result, Kanye wants to depart from Tidal which is owned by Jay-Z. Of course, sources close to Kanye insist that he has been unhappy with Tidal for quite some time now, and that Tidal owes him around $3 million dollars.
According to TMZ,
“Our sources say a month ago Kanye’s lawyer sent a letter to Tidal, saying the company was in breach and the contract was terminated. Over the next 2 weeks lawyers for both sides tried to resolve the conflict but failed. We’re told 2 weeks ago Kanye’s lawyer fired off a second letter declaring again the contract was over. Kanye’s decision to split from Tidal predates the release of Jay Z’s album in which he trashes Kanye, and we’re told Kanye had no advance knowledge of Jay’s lyrics.
We’re told Kanye’s beef with Tidal is twofold — his The Life of Pablo album resulted in 1 1/2 million new subscribers to Tidal, for which he was supposed to get a bonus but the company hasn’t paid. Kanye also says Tidal reneged on reimbursing him for music videos.
Our sources say Tidal’s position is that Kanye didn’t deliver the videos required by the contract. Kanye’s response … I’ll deliver the videos when you pay me what I’m owed.
We’re told Tidal fired off a letter to Kanye, saying as far as the company was concerned it still had an exclusive contract with the rapper and if he tried to go to another streaming service they’d sue him.
We’re told Kanye’s willing to walk away, but if Tidal sues him, he’ll sue them right back.”
So, what are your thoughts? Do you feel that Kanye had been unpleased with the way things were going with Tidal? Or do you feel this change of heart came about because Jay-Z dissed him publicly? Let me know in the comments.
By Ronda Brooks