On October 6th, 2013 I queued for 5 hours to be front row for Jay Z when he brought his Magna Carter World Tour to Dublin. It was one of the best experiences of my entire life. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I have the world’s worst throw, I have 0 accuracy. Basically, I can’t throw for shit. There is one exception to this as at this concert I somehow managed to throw our Irish flag passed the security at the barriers and straight at Jay Z’s feet. He picked it up and lay it on the center of the stage. To date, this is one of the greatest moments of my life.
When Jay Z announced that he, along with multiple other artists were releasing a new music streaming service, Tidal, to rival the likes of Spotify I thought it was cool. I trialed it for a month but it just wasn’t for me so I stuck to Spotify & Apple Music. I didn’t think this would be a problem until Jay Z started taking some of his albums off every streaming service that isn’t Tidal. This is a problem.
I can’t understand why Jay Z thinks it’s a good idea to isolate a big portion of his fan base to try to get people to jump ship to Tidal. Jay Z needs to cop on. He started by taking off The Blueprint trilogy which was extremely annoying but I got over it as the rest of his catalogue remained. Recently, he decided to pull the rest of his catalogue bar a few albums. In this latest purge, Jay Z removed his joint album with Kanye West “Watch the Throne” one of my all time favourite albums ever. This motherfucker is making it real hard for me to defend him.
Fair enough, he wants more people on Tidal but this is the wrong way to go about it. Kanye West who also was heavily involved in making Tidal didn’t even pull his music from Spotify, this is something I thought I’d see Kanye do first. Instead, Kanye released his latest album “The Life of Pablo” as a streaming only album exclusively on Tidal for like 2 weeks before it hit all streaming platforms. This is the right way to do it. Everyone still got to listen the album and it actually gave Tidal a huge boost for the few weeks it exclusively had TLOP, everyone wins.
Jay Z on the otherhand hasn’t released a new album since 2013. Maybe he should focus on that fact instead of voluntarily losing money by pulling his old albums from streaming platforms. Now, does this mean I hate Jay Z? Hell no! This man is still one of my heroes, but heroes need a reality check sometimes too. Let the kids have the music!
Until Next Time,