Jay-Z (the hyphen is back, right?) dropped his new album, 4:44, (aka Lemonade 2: Yep, I Fucked Around On Her) this week. In addition to utilizing his shaky marriage to keep the millions rolling in, 4:44 also addresses the state of his friendship and business partnership with former frequent collaborator and eternally stressed-out rapper, Kanye West. In an onstage rant near the end of his last (prematurely cancelled) tour, he went off on Jay, Beyonce, and their music streaming service Tidal. Kanye has a financial stake in it. Jay-Z alludes to this situation in one of the tracks on 4:44 and not in a positive way (unless describing someone as “insane“ is a friendly gesture).
Jay might have penned these lyrics due to Kanye exiting Tidal over a money dispute. Sources connected to Tidal tell TMZ:
Kanye has been unhappy with the company for a long time. We’re told Kanye has complained the company owes him money — more than $3 million.
Kanye and his lawyers reportedly sent Tidal a letter over a month ago saying that the company was in breach of his contract and that it was terminated. Supposedly, lawyers from both sides tried to work it out for two weeks, but that didn’t happen. Yeezus’ lawyer ended up sending another “Kanye quits this bitch” letter two weeks ago.
TMZ says that Kanye hadn’t known Jay-Z was writing about him on the new album when all of this money mess went down. Kanye’s legal people are saying that Kanye’s last album, The Life of Pablo, brought one and a half million new subscribers to Tidal and that he was supposed to have been given a bonus for that. He claims that he wasn’t, and that he was also supposed to have been paid for video content he was creating for the site. Tidal says that he never delivered said content so he’s not getting a check for it until he does. They’ve also reportedly informed him if he goes to another streaming service, they’ll sue him. His lawyers say that he’ll counter-sue.
Imagine all of this stress in addition to being married to that plastic chick with the flotation device ass and the gruesome, equally plastic family? That’s a lot on your plate.