“Do you guys need something to do? Because it sounds like you need something to do” says the look on Drake’s face above.
Prepare for an HR-level headache, because the following is full of giant corporations getting all corporate with each other. Okay, so Drake was scheduled to perform in New Orleans yesterday at Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Festival, a charity concert to benefit children affected by Hurricane Katrina. Since Lil Wayne is part of the Tidal team, the Lil WeezyAna Festival was streamed on Tidal. Which is fine and all, except when you have an alleged $19 million deal with Apple. That’s when Apple gets mad and starts speed dialing their lawyers. Page Six says that when Drake’s pimp (Apple) found our that Drake’s two song performance would be streaming live on Tidal (the Buc Nasty to their Silky Johnson, if you will), they threatened to sue Tidal for $20 million.
I guess Jay Z can’t afford to lose any more money on Tidal, so they streamed this during Drake’s performance instead:
“Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience” – when did Jay Z become one of the constantly-sneering Adbusters-reading culture jamming kids from my high school art class?
But now Apple would like you to know they had nothing to do with Tidal’s decision to replace Wheelchair Jimmy with some not-so-subtle shade. Sources tell BuzzFeed that it was Drake’s decision, not Apple’s, to yank his Lil WeezyAna Fest performance. And Drake’s manager, Future The Prince, confirmed the same with this statement:
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal. Point blank, 100 percent. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners.”
Uh huh. As if the giant white glowing apple and the ghost of Steve Jobs weren’t totally holding a knife to Drake’s bank account and making “Bitch, you better not throw us under the bus” eyes as he wrote that.
Well, at least Tidal got some good publicity out of this mess. I mean, I wasn’t even sure if Tidal was still around. And now I know that, yes, they are. Good job, Tidal!