While Apple figures out what it wants to do regarding Tidal, Kanye West threw in his two cents: “Let the kids have the music.”
Word got out at the end of June that Apple was in early talks to purchase Tidal, Jay Z’s music streaming service. Developments on that front have remained a mystery, but West took to Twitter Saturday to suggest both parties should stop dragging their feet.
“This Tidal Apple beef is f–king up the music game,” the rapper began, adding he wants “on the phone or in a room this week” with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Jay Z, and others including, presumably, Apple Music executive and music producer Jimmy Iovine, Drake (the rapper serves as a spokeperson of sorts for Apple Music), and music manager Scooter Braun.
“F–k all this d–k swinging contest. We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music,” West continued in a separate tweet before advising the Tim Cook-led Apple to “give Jay his check for Tidal now and stop trying to act like you Steve [Jobs].”
West is the subject of a lawsuit after The Life of Pablo, supposedly a Tidal-exclusive album, started popping up on Spotify and Apple Music shortly after its release. California resident Justin Baker-Rhett filed a class-action complaint claiming West and Jay Z’s S Carter Enterprises misled subscribers.
Tidal touts more than 4 million subscribers and relies mainly on its exclusive deals with artists. Apple Music, on the other hand, has a core base of more than 15 million subscribers.