It’s been a difficult year for Kanye West, and now, amid all the attention currently being lavished on JAY-Z for his new album 4:44, TMZ reports that the rapper is parting ways with Jay’s streaming service Tidal. The issue at hand is unpaid royalties, the gossip site’s sources say, with West claiming that Tidal owes him $3 million in bonus money he was supposed to get after The Life Of Pablo brought more than a million new subscribers to the platform. Lawyers representing the two parties have reportedly been negotiating a split for the past few weeks, with TIDAL countering West’s claim by saying that he never delivered a series of music videos required by his contract.
Now, neither JAY-Z’s nor West’s spokespeople have commented on what, for the time being, is hearsay from anonymous sources. But it should be noted that Jay talks some trash about his old friend on 4:44, namely in a verse which says: “You walkin’ around like you invincible / You dropped outta school, you lost your principles / I know people backstab you, I felt bad too / But this ‘fuck everybody‘ attitude ain’t natural.”