Kanye Threatens to Make #TLOP a TIDAL Exclusive

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Here’s a tweet Kanye sent out a little while ago.

I shouldn’t have to tell you that this is a bad idea.

I don’t know what the motivation behind such a maneuver is or could possibly be, but whatever it is can not possibly outweigh what should be his number one consideration: the fans. The simple fact is, people want to be able to listen to their music within whatever streaming ecosystem they prefer. Be it Apple Music, Amazon, TIDAL, Spotify, or downloaded as mp3s on their phone, whatever. The average listener is all out of fucks to give about the epic battle these corporations are waging over supremacy in the digital music space. We just want to be able to stream and download what we want to stream and download, easily.

This exclusive access shit is quite frankly, for the birds. The fact that one service has the exclusive rights to stream the music of one particular artist isn’t going to make the majority of people sign up for that service. TIDAL and Apple Music, two of the biggest offenders in this exclusive access standoff, are both products that have been on the market for several months now. I could be wrong, but I feel like most people have made up their minds at this point and I can’t see the availability one artist’s catalog swaying them.

For all of their money, knowledge and supposed expertise in this field, these companies don’t seem to understand that these walled gardens they are creating just promote bootlegging and piracy. If I was going to guess, I’d say Kanye is doing this to help out his Big Brother Jay’s company, which some would argue has struggled somewhat in its first year or so of operation. The other factor could be that he owns some stake in TIDAL so he’ll presumably be seeing a bigger portion of proceeds from what would surely be an enormous amount of streams.

But the college kid who is busting his ass at H&M or McDonald’s everyday and then forking over a portion of his hard earned money to Spotify and Apple doesn’t necessarily want to fork over more money to yet another service with a very similar catalog. That kid is just gonna download a zip file of the album and be done with it.

And you can say that person isn’t a true fan, or they should go out of their way to support or whatever, but that’s bullshit. This business is a two way street. Artists succeed at the pleasure of their fans, plain and simple. I’m using Kanye’s tweet as an example here (he might have changed his mind while I was writing this), but this is something all artists need to consider. Fans spend money we have earned to enjoy and support these artists, I feel like the least the artists can do is make it as easy as possible for us to do so.

UPDATED: Kanye West Says ‘The Life of Pablo’ Will Never Be For Sale and Only on Tidal, Sources Express Confusion (Billboard)

UPDATED: Here’s an interesting passage from Torrentfreak on how much the album has been bootlegged:

TorrentFreak has been keeping a close eye on the popularity of the album on BitTorrent and after the first day an estimated 500,000 people have already grabbed a copy.

The album is currently leading The Pirate Bay’s list of most shared music torrents by a landslide. At the time of writing close to 10,000 people were sharing a copy of the most popular torrent simultaneously, something we haven’t seen with a music release before.

via Andy B’s The Messy Rollout—and Aftermath—of Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’

Previously: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo Has Arrived


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19 Responses to “Kanye Threatens to Make #TLOP a TIDAL Exclusive”

  1. brown sound Says:

    i guess he’s got plenty of FU money so he doesn’t need it like that anymore.

  2. pockets Says:

    Preach.

    Nation made WMDs he’s never going to hell
    & He met Eskay he’s never going to fail

    Not drunk.

  3. pockets Says:

    This is my part NOBODY ELSE SPEAK.

    -Eskay & Chance

  4. brown sound Says:

    i’d give my money to westside gunn and conway before this fuckface.

  5. Meta-4 Says:

    You go on iTunes, no TLOP. You go on Kanye website, the store is locked behind a fucking password. You go on Tidal, but you say fuck that because you were shopping for an album, not a fucking music streaming service.

    You torrent the shit. /end

    Kanye is the one losing here. This ain’t 2003.

  6. pockets Says:

    It’s how Bape became the shit. You couldn’t get your hands on it….except you couldn’t download Bape sneakers and everyone knew when you got the pirated versions off Canal, word up.

  7. pockets Says:

    This ain’t 2003.

    ^True. It’s 2007 the way this comments section is poppin’ off tonight.

    Well…maybe more like 2011.

  8. brown sound Says:

    ^^^amanda diva “jesus in her knee cap” days lol

  9. brown sound Says:

    knee cap ether days

  10. Em Cee Says:

    Kanye needs to deactivate his twitter for sometime

  11. dbo Says:

    hit the nail on the head Eskay. Couldnt have said it better myself. Kanye is a fucking fool. He gonna play himself right out. You just watch. All the bullshit leading up to this album. When are people gonna realize what a fucking clown this guy is? Yeah, he makes great music…but it appears as if he has a WHOLE LOT of help nowadays. Check out the features…co producers, co writers, etc on his last couple albums. Fuck kanye.

    That said, I still wanna hear this album and only have APPLE music. I’ll be pirating that shit now.

  12. King James Says:

    But the college kid who is busting his ass at H&M or McDonald’s everyday and then forking over a portion of his hard earned money to Spotify and Apple doesn’t necessarily want to fork over more money to yet another service with a very similar catalog. That kid is just gonna download a zip file of the album and be done with it.

    And you can say that person isn’t a true fan, or they should go out of their way to support or whatever, but that’s bullshit. This business is a two way street. Artists succeed at the pleasure of their fans, plain and simple. I’m using Kanye’s tweet as an example here (he might have changed his mind while I was writing this), but this is something all artists need to consider. Fans spend money we have earned to enjoy and support these artists, I feel like the least the artists can do is make it as easy as possible for us to do so.

    ^

    These were my exact thoughts when I first saw the tweets Eskay

    I thought Kanye was an artist making music for his fans he always says he loves for the fans he needs to actually release a physical copy

    Niggas don’t have time for these run around games b we just want the music

    Kanye needs to stop living in the moment and think about how this album will be remembered we need that album artwork Kanye!

  13. King James Says:

    PS

    I can’t wait to see Kanye go ham on Twitter after those shots T-Swift just threw at him

  14. King James Says:

    Nahright OG’s check in

    Where you at landlord?

  15. King James Says:

    If the roles were reverse would Jay do this for Kanye? I doubt it Haha

  16. pockets Says:

    Lmao I was just about to say where landlord at. Why is he always the go to when naming Nah vets.

  17. The Truth... Says:

    Sorry, I’m not a Kanye fan at all….and no disrespect to you Eskay, but what you wrote in the post (and what other people are saying) sounds like what a spoiled kid would say. “I want this, I want that, you have to think about me, bla bla bla”. I don’t like Kanye as a person, but I’ll admit that I respect this decision IF it has a good reason behind it. He believes in what he does, he believes in his music and believes in something else so strongly that he is ready to make a big move like this without thinking about his record sales first (if we think this will hurt his sales). He’s doing it the way HE wants to do it.
    In all honesty, it’s his album and he can do whatever he wants with it. It’s up to you to decide if you want to buy it, support him or simply pirate it. An artist, or people in general, cannot live their lives doing everything the fans or other people want them to do. How selfish has society become?? “Kanye, you’re a jerk because you’re not doing shit the way I want you to do it!!”
    Please…

  18. brown sound Says:

    limiting his sales by just putting it on tidal, turning around begging people for money, i love it.

  19. brown sound Says:

    Eskay with the the torrent ether update.

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