The ongoing feud between Kanye West and JAY-Z appears to have intensified, with West pulling all of his music from Tidal, the online streaming service set up in 2014 and which artists such as JAY-Z and Beyonce were stakeholders in. It has been claimed that West believe the company owes him money – $3 million – and that the company is now in breach of contract. Kanye’s lawyers reportedly sent a letter to the company over a month ago telling them that West never received a promised bonus for bringing in 1.5 million new subscribers with his album Saint Pablo and that he has also not been reimbursed for music videos.
A back and forth took place but with no resolution, West’s lawyers declared the contract over. The pair have been friends for years. but in October 2016, West publicly ranted about JAY-Z on stage, accusing his friend of not being in touch when wife Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. However the rapper hit back at Ye on his most recent album 4:44, rapping about how West had lost his principles and was ‘insane’ on the opening track, Kill Jay Z. “You dropped outta school, you lost your principles.But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by Ye / You gave him 20 million without thinkin’/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f**k was he thinkin’? / “F**k wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.’ It is thought West left the company before he heard JAY-Z’s inflammatory lyrics.