All the moves that Jay Z's music-streaming service, Tidal, is making have got me reminiscing about another pivotal moment in his career.
First with the former: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tidal is going to start streaming its own original programming. It ordered a stand-up-comedy show called No Small Talk that's going to be hosted by DJ Cipha Sounds. The first episode will be available to nonsubscribers for free, and the next four episodes will stream to Tidal subscribers. The show became available as of Tuesday.
Tidal also ordered the second season of Money & Violence, a drama that's been streaming on YouTube.
It's nice to see all the transitions Tidal is going through, and to think that an African-American hip-hop superstar is at the helm of the tech company.
Back in 2003, Jay said he was getting out of the game to focus on entrepreneurship, and that that year's The Black Album would be his last album as a result. Even though he couldn't resist getting back into music, he's certainly stayed true to his word about doing his best to make waves in the business side of things.
Here's a #TBT clip from Fade to Black, the documentary that shows Jay Z making The Black Album.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.