Kanye West Threatens to Sue Tidal
Jay Z’s latest studio album, “4:44,” had everyone on social media rehashing the lyrics in memes and tweets, but some of the most discussed lyrics were in reference to Jay’s troubled friendship with Kanye West.
In the album’s intro, “Kill JAY-Z,” Jay claimed Kanye’s mess of a tour cost him $20 million dollars:
You walkin’ around like you invincible
You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘f*** everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f*** was he thinkin’?
“F*** wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
Jay rapped giving Kanye $20 million for his most recent tour, but instead of performing, he ranted for 20 minutes about him and Beyonce and other topics like politics.
Even Kanye’s own fans began to lose patience with him thanks to a series of cancellations and Ye barely performing at multiple tour stops.
Later Kanye’s camp claimed he was battling mental issues and he would resume the tour later this year.
But now Kanye’s camp tells TMZ that the rapper has beef with Tidal, and he is threatening to sue the company for more than $3 million:
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.
Our sources say a month ago Kanye’s lawyer sent a letter to Tidal, saying the company was in breach and the contract was terminated. Over the next 2 weeks lawyers for both sides tried to resolve the conflict but failed. We’re told 2 weeks ago Kanye’s lawyer fired off a second letter declaring again the contract was over.
Kanye’s decision to split from Tidal predates the release of Jay Z’s album in which he trashes Kanye, and we’re told Kanye had no advance knowledge of Jay’s lyrics.
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.
Our sources say Tidal’s position is that Kanye didn’t deliver the videos required by the contract. Kanye’s response … I’ll deliver the videos when you pay me what I’m owed.
We’re told Tidal fired off a letter to Kanye, saying as far as the company was concerned it still had an exclusive contract with the rapper and if he tried to go to another streaming service they’d sue him. We’re told Kanye’s willing to walk away, but if Tidal sues him, he’ll sue them right back.