How are you going to justify this one Jay Z?
As of Friday afternoon, all of the albums from Jay Z’s career as a solo artist have been pulled down from Apple Music and Spotify, The Verge reports. The only albums with his music that remain on the popular music platforms are projects with R. Kelly from 2004’s Unfinished Business and the Collision Course collaboration with rap-rock group Linkin Park. The move was done “at the request of the artist,” said a spokesperson from Spotify.
According to the report, this is the third time that the rapper from the rough neighborhoods of Brooklyn turned business mogul has removed his albums from other platforms. His first album, 1996’s Reasonable Doubt, was pulled from all streaming services following the launch of his own co-owned platform, TIDAL, in late 2014. He also removed his Blueprint albums in March of 2016, only to have them return a few months later.
There’s been no additional speculation as to why his entire catalog has been removed from two of the main platforms in which millions of consumers use to listen to music. It could be a rather drastic move to subtly tell fans that perhaps TIDAL isn’t quite performing up to his standards, and the demand for his music will hopefully bring in more subscribers to what has been a sometimes troubled venture.
Whatever the reason, fans who were looking to bump their way into the weekend with The Black Album will now have to settle for Chingy’s Hoodstar.