Rapper Jay Z Has Taken Aim At Bosses At Streaming Sites Spotify, Apple And Youtube A Month After Launching His Rival Venture Tidal At An All-star Press Conference In New York.
The 99 Problems hitmaker hosted a free concert for subscribers to his music streaming service and during the show on Saturday (16May15), the 45 year old performed a freestyle rap, in which he confronted the criticism surrounding his new pay-to-play initiative and called out bosses at the competition sites.
He rapped, "Google dangled around a crazy cheque/I feel like YouTube was the biggest culprit/Them n**gas pay you a tenth of what you're supposed to get/You n**gas die for equal pay right/You know what I'm worth/I ain't ya slave right/You know I ain't shuckin' and jivin' and hi-fivin'/You know this ain't back in the days, right."
Taking shots at late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, he continued, "Tidal, my own label, same difference/Oh, n**gas is sceptical when it's their own s**t/You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich/Phil Knight is worth millions, you still bought them kicks/ Spotify is nine million, they ain't say s**t."
Jay Z also thrilled fans when he reunited with longtime friend and collaborator Memphis Bleek and former label mates Young Gunz, Freeway, and Beanie Sigel on the stage.
Young Jeezy and Jay Electronica were also among the special guests.
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