JAY-Z’s $20 Million ‘4:44’ Lyrics About Kanye West Reportedly Not Connected To A Tour Advance
(AllHipHop News) There are a lot of stories being presented about the supposed split between Kanye West and the JAY-Z led Tidal streaming company.
The conversation became headline entertainment news over the last week after JAY rapped about Ye on “Kill Jay Z” off the 4:44 album.
Hov says on the song:
But you ain’t a saint, this ain’t kumbaye
But you got hurt because you did cool by Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinking
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinking?
“F-ck wrong with everybody?” is what you saying
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
According to TMZ, the $20 million JAY is referring to was actually an advance to cover Kanye’s “Saint Pablo Tour” expenses.
However, Billboard now reports that money had nothing to do with tour advances.
A source close to the situation told the publication Roc Nation does not structure deals in that manner.
Kanye was one of the early artist-owners/supporters of Tidal, but rumors began circulating just months after the re-launch of the streaming service that Ye was already set to part ways with the company.
The G.O.O.D. Music founder began publicly distancing himself from Tidal following the exclusive release of his 2016 album The Life Of Pablo.
The war between the streaming companies allegedly played out over the release of Drake’s “Pop Style” which originally featured JAY and Kanye West (credited as The Throne).
When the track appeared on the Views album it did not include the JAY vocals.
Kanye spoke about the change on “Pop Style” during one of his infamous concert rants.
He claimed JAY removed himself from the song out of respect for Drake’s rival and Roc Nation affiliate Meek Mill as well as because of tension between Tidal and Apple Music.
“It went into some Tidal… some political sh-t, some sh-t about percentages on songs,” said Ye last October. “I can’t take this sh-t, bruh.”
The assumed chasm between the Watch The Throne collaborators apparently grew even more after Kanye blasted JAY and his wife Beyoncé in another on-stage rant.
Ye also declared there will never be a Watch The Throne 2 “cause it’s this Tidal/Apple bullsh-t.”
Things seemed to be on a better track in January when reports suggested Kanye and JAY settled their issues and were considering recording together again.
The latest alleged legal dustup over Kanye’s association with Tidal appears to have ended that potential musical reconciliation between the two Hip Hop legends.