This past weekend, Jay Z hosted a private show at Terminal 5 in New York City. The "B-Sides Concert" was exclusive to TIDAL subscribers. TIDAL is, of course, the rap mogul's new music streaming service that seeks to bring listeners one step closer to the artist by eliminating the middle man. It has also become known for providing a much higher quality sound for all the audiophiles out there. After rumors spread of the service not meeting expectations and taking off, Jay took to Twitter to defend the new company. Going one step further, he decided to drop a freestyle at the concert and dissed Apple, YouTube and Spotify. Take a look at the clip below and read along to the lyrics, transcribed courtesy of MTV.
"And I don’t need no middle man to talk to my n—as I understand if you don’t understand, I figure I’m Jigga That’s where we differ I take what’s mine, you accept what they give ya, I get ya I don’t take no checks, I take my respect Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net Google dangled around a crazy check I feel like YouTube was the biggest cul-prit Them n—as pay you a tenth of what you’re supposed to get You n—as die for equal pay right? You know what I’m worth? I ain’t ya slave right? You know I ain’t shuckin’ and jivin’ and hi-fivin’ You know this ain’t back in the days, right? Well I can’t tell the way they killed Freddie Gray, right? Shot down Mike Brown, how they did Tray, right? Let ’em continue choking n—as We gonna turn style (turnstile), I ain’t ya token n—a You know I came in this game independent right? Tidal, my own label, same difference Oh, n—as is skeptical when it’s their own sh-t You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich Phil Knight is worth millions, you still bought them kicks Spotify is nine million, they ain’t say sh-t Lucy you got some esplainin’ to do The only one they hatin’ on looks the same as you That’s cool, I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you Spendin’ millions on me to tryin’ to confuse you I had to talk to myself, Hov you should be used to it It’s politics as usual"