50 Cent Trashes Jay Z’s Tidal Service
Even more criticism for Jay Z’s Tidal venture, this time coming from fellow Hip-Hop mogul 50 Cent. 50 says he feels that the whole idea was more of a corporate play, and doesn’t see the sense in purchasing a business that provides services that are already out there. Via BusinessInsider:
Rapper 50 Cent is the latest musician to speak out against Jay Z’s $9.99-per-month artist-owned music-streaming service, Tidal.
During an interview with the Los Angeles radio station REAL 92.3, the rapper was asked his thoughts on the service.
“They probably could’ve did something more exciting if they reached out, because the people you saw there don’t even own the rights to their music,” he said. “So they can’t say it’s gonna come out of Tidal. It has to go everywhere.”
Essentially, 50 Cent is saying people don’t need to pay upward of $9.99 a month for music that will be available elsewhere, including rival streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. In other words, he says, “Why would you actually buy Tidal to get something that would be everywhere else?”
In March, Jay Z debuted Tidal with a star-studded presentation that included Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, and many others.
“Usher was there and Madonna and all these people. That’s a little bit more of a, when you say, ‘It was business,’ it’s more of a corporate play,” 50 Cent said. “When the record is playing on the air, they say, ‘Oh, all right. Let’s get this guy.’
“The companies have contracts, and companies are gonna do everything to get the maximum performance out of the music,” he added. “They’re not going to just put it through Tidal as a service.”
Does he have a point, or is he hating?