Kanye West is reportedly facing a lawsuit for attempting to drop out of his contract with Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming service, after confronting the company for not paying him over $3 million he claims the company owes him.
TMZ reports that Kanye had lawyers contact the company about a month ago to sever contractual ties, and attorneys for both parties were unable to find a resolution after two weeks.
“We’re told Kanye’s beef with Tidal is twofold — his Saint 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,” TMZ said.
Tidal continues to keep Kanye West’s music on the service, claiming his argument is invalid since the rapper didn’t provide exclusive video content that was included in the deal. If he seeks partnership with another streaming service, Tidal intends to sue.
The celebrity gossip and news site later reported that Kanye just wants to walk away from the service and isn’t interested in any contracts with other companies but will sue Tidal back if left with no other choice.
“Kanye does not want to enter into any more exclusive album releases or contracts with streaming services to host any upcoming projects of his, because he wants to avoid what happened on Tidal … too limited access for far too long,” TMZ reported on Sunday.
Adding to the mystery around Tidal’s relationship with Kanye are lyrics in Jay Z’s new album 4:44 that directly diss the longtime friend and collaborator.
“You walking around like you invincible/You dropped out of school, you lost your principles/I know people backstabbed you, I felt bad too.”
“But this ‘f–keverybody’ attitude ain’t natural/But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe/But you got hurt because you think KumbaYe/You gave him 20 million without thinkin’/He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f–k was he thinkin’?/’F–k wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’/But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
There’s no telling how this drama will unfold, but one thing is crystal clear: Kanye and Jay Z aren’t on the same page any more.Published in