Jay Z releases Apple, Spotify and Google diss …

Jay ZTheo Wargo/Getty Images for Live NationJay Z has released a new version of a track that hits out at rival streaming services from Apple, Google and Spotify.

The track, “Stream of Consciousness,” was performed live as part of a concert in New York1 that Jay Z held for users of his newly launched music streaming service Tidal.

In his live show, Jay Z criticised Spotify and Apple for allegedly hoarding money, and also accused YouTube of being a “culprit.”

Now, Jay Z has officially released that track on Tidal, re-recording the song and adding a backing track.

Fittingly, the track is only available to people who have paid for a Tidal account.

But here are the lyrics:

I don’t need no middleman to talk to my n -s
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 they give you, I get you
I don t take no check, I take my respect
Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet
Jimmy Iovine on for the safety net
Google dangled round a crazy check
I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit
They pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get
You know n -s die for equal pay right?
You know when I work I ain t your slave right?
You know I ain t shucking and jiving and high-fiving, and you know this ain t back in the days right?
Well I can t tell, how the way they killed Freddie Gray right?
Shot down Mike Brown, how they did Tray right?
I hear choking n -s,
We gon turn style, I ain t your token n -.

You know I came in this game independent?
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 worth trillions, you still bought them kicks
Spotify is nine billion, they ain t say sh-t
Lucy you got some splainin to do
The only one they hatin on look the same as you
That s cool, I know they tryin to bamboozle you
Spendin millions on me to try to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, ain’t nothing new to you
Oh well, politics as usual.


  1. ^ performed live as part of a concert in New York (uk.businessinsider.com)

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