Kanye West Leaves Jay-Z’s Tidal Over Millions in Disputed Money: Report

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BET

From the shots fired between Jay-Z and Kanye West on their respective albums, anyone with a brain could have surmised that there was beef over money.


And now TMZ is reporting that West has left Jay-Z’s Tidal music service, saying the company owes him more than $3 million.

Allegedly, the beef Ye has with Jigga is twofold: His The Life of Pablo album, which was not available anywhere but Tidal when it dropped, resulted in 1.5 million new subscribers to the service, for which West was supposed to get a hefty bonus. Ye also says that Tidal reneged on reimbursing him for music videos.

Tidal’s position is that Kanye didn’t deliver the videos required by the contract, to which Ye reportedly responded, I’ll deliver the videos when you run me my check.

Lawyers for the two superstars, who collaborated on 2011’s Watch the Throne, have been going back and forth, but alas, they could not come to mutually agreeable terms.

Tidal allegedly sent a letter to West saying that if he tries to go with another streaming service, it would sue him. And West, of course, says he’ll sue right back.


Watch the Throne might morph into Game of Thrones in a minute. Stay tuned on this one.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.


Raineyb1013, Misfit Black Girl Island Denizen

I don’t think I”m buying this.. I think Kanye’s up in his fee fees over whatever it is Jay-Z said about him in his album.

That said, based on what I know of the two men, I’m inclined to believe that there was a clause that the videos had to be produced to get the check. It sounds like a Kanye thing to do to not put out something then expect the pay first when the contract says otherwise.