JAY-Z released his new album 4:44 on Friday where he took a few shots at Kanye West. Ye likely took it to heart and decided to fully cut ties with Hov and in the process TIDAL. That is just half of the story because it seems Kanye was having issues with TIDAL long before JAY-Z drop 4:44. All of this started when Ye dropped his last album The Life of Pablo where he famously brought 1.5 million new subscribers to TIDAL.
According to TMZ, Kanye West claims that TIDAL owes him $3 million from a bonus he was promised for bringing 1.5 million new subscribers to the streaming service. Ye said he never get paid for some exclusive music videos he was asked to release on the platform. Now Kanye is saying that TIDAL breach their contract with him so he sent them a letter through his lawyers saying he terminate the contract. Attorneys representing both sides tried to hash things out but was unable to reach an agreement.
It won’t be that easy for Kanye West to completely cut ties with JAY-Z since he is also signed to Roc Nation. The G.O.O.D Music leader is also part owner of TIDAL along with a bunch of other artists. Certainly, he can get out of his deal with Roc Nation, but he would have to sell his shared in TIDAL which won’t happen overnight. Kanye famous released his album The Life of Pablo exclusively on TIDAL prompting a lot of his fans to subscribe to the music streaming service when he announced that his album will never be available on Apple Music and Spotify. A couple weeks later he made the album available on those platforms and some fans threatened to sue him over it.