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Comment: Kanye West has a point when he says the Apple vs Tidal battle is harming the music industry
Kanye West has a storied history when it comes to offering his opinion on the music and tech industry, specifically relating to Apple and its battle for exclusive content. This time, West took time during a performance as part of his Saint Pablo tour to address the race for exclusive content between Apple and Tidal, slamming the entire station. And I actually agree with him, as scary as that is to say.Prior to the performance of the song “Pop Style” last night in Seattle, Kanye discussed what went into the song originally. “Pop Style,” for those unfamiliar, is a song off Drake's latest album “Views,” though an early version of the track featured a verse from Kanye as well as Jay Z. According to West's monologue at last night's show, however, one of the reasons for him and Jay Z not appearing on the album version is because of Views being an Apple Music exclusiveJay Z, of course, is the owner of streaming music service Tidal, while Drake has been a supporter of Apple Music from the start. According to Kanye, Jay Z originally claimed that he didn't want to be featured on “Pop Style” out of respect for Meek Mill, who Drake has a long-running feud with. When Kanye offered to call up Drake and Meek Mill and resolve the issue, though, the reason for Jay Z not appearing on the track turned into a variety of other reasons.Kanye explains it best (via Billboard):
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