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Kanye's Tidal breakup is about ego, not money

Kanye's Tidal breakup is about ego, not money
From Engadget - July 7, 2017

So, that begs the question, is it really all about the money or are there egos in play here? The timing of Kanye's decision to cut ties with Tidal comes at a rather interesting point: just days after Jay-Z's new album 4:44, which is already platinum, was released. In what seems to be a response to Kanye's concert tirade, Jay-Z says in his track Kill Jay Z: "You got high on the life, thats**t drugged you. 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 'fuck everybody' attitude ai not natural." The song clearly references one of Kanye's most popular albums, The College Dropout, as well as lyrics from The Life of Pablo track Highlights.

In the same song, Jay-Z talks about giving Kanye a hefty amount of money. "You gave him 20 million without blinkin', he gave you 20 minutes on stage,f**k was he thinkin'?" At first it was rumored that this was related to a deal with Tidal -- remember when Kanye, along with artists like Daft Punk and Deadmau5, joined Jay-Z on stage to celebrate the launch of the service in 2015? But more recent reports suggest the money was to pay for production costs of the Saint Pablo Tour, including things like that insane floating stage. Kanye has yet to respond to Jay-Z's words, but given his long history of not holding back, that could happen sooner rather than later.

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