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Kanye West reportedly leaves Jay-Z’s Tidal, sues for $3M

“Otis” music video via Roc Nation

The fued between Kanye West and Jay-Z has reached a new level due to a reported lawsuit filed by Kanye West. According to reports by TMZ, Kanye West sued Tidal over money that he believes is owed by Jay-Z’s streaming service.

In 2015, Kanye West joined Jay-Z and several prominent artists such as Prince, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj to announce the relaunch Tidal. But Kanye West was not satisfied with Tidal following the release of his last album, The Life of Pablo. Kanye and his lawyers have argued that he’s owed a bonus because his album brought in an additional 1 million subscribers to the streaming service. He also says that he paid for the production of all of his videos and never received a reimbursement. He’s suing for $3 million. However, Tidal argues that Kanye wasn’t reimbursed because he didn’t deliver the videos that were agreed upon prior to production.

Tidal claims that Kanye has an exclusive contract with the service and they will sue if he attempts to stream his music with another streaming service.

Kanye and Jay-Z’s friendship has deteriorated since the duo released their critically-acclaimed joint album, Watch The Throne. Kanye revealed his dispute with Jay-Z after Kim Kardashian was robbed of a diamond ring in Paris. While on stage in Sacramento in November, Kanye aimed a rant at Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

“Jay Z—call me, bruh,” Kanye said. “You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.”

Kanye also went after Beyoncé before abruptly ended his show that evening. “Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling,'” he said.

Some believe that Jay-Z threw a subliminal shot at Kanye on the song “Kill Jay-Z.”

The beef between Kanye and Jay-Z appears to be a bad ending to a rap duo with great musical chemistry. Kanye crafted the overall sound of Jay-Z’s classic albums, Blueprint and The Black Album. Their Watch The Throne album was also a noted classic that broke the iTunes record in 2011.