(AllHipHop News) Lil Wayne’s attempt to show love to his city by hosting the first Lil Weezyana Fest appeared to turn into the latest battle between Apple and Tidal. When Drake hit the stage at the New Orleans event, the live stream on Tidal shut down.
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The Jay Z fronted company accused Apple of blocking Tidal from streaming Drake. According to reports, Apple threatened to sue Tidal for $20 million if the Toronto entertainer appeared on the platform.
Drake signed a reported $19 million exclusive deal with the tech giant’s new streaming service Apple Music. However, team Drizzy claimed Apple had nothing to do with him not appearing on Tidal’s live broadcast.
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal stream has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” Drake’s manager Future the Prince told BuzzFeed. “I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners.”
Tidal then countered Future’s statement by claiming they have proof Apple was involved in the black-out. A representative for Tidal issued a response to Buzzfeed but chose not to provide evidence.
“We have all the email receipts and written correspondence that took place with said, blocked performance. That being said we choose to keep it classy,” stated a Tidal spokesperson.
The Lil Weezyana Fest situation may still be unclear at the moment, but Future the Prince’s statement did confirmed that Drake is still officially signed to Cash Money Records. There had been speculation whether the OVO leader’s latest project If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was his final album for the label, therefore making him a free agent.