The R-O-C Nation founder, Jay-Z , addressed the “politics” of the industry, and a few other issues the nation faces last night (May 17). Last night the Tidal CEO gave a private concert, B-Sides, for
Tidal subscribers at Terminal 5 in New York City.
Jay-Z is representing his label, Tidal, to the fullest and there’s no chance for a change.
“And I don’t need no middle man to talk to my niggas
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 is the biggest cul-pu-rit
Them niggas pay you a tenth of what you sposed to get
You know niggas died for equal pay, right?
You know when I work I ain’t ya slave, right?
You know I ain’t shucking and jiving, and hi-fiving You know this ain’t back in the days, right?
Well, I can’t tell by the way they killed Freddie Gray, right?
Shot down Mike Brown, how they did Tray, right?
Let ’em continue choking ni**as I ain’t ya token nigga
You know I came in this game independent, right?
Tidal, my own label, same difference
Oh, niggas is skeptical when it’s they own shit
You bought nine iPhones and Steve Job is rich
Phil Knight worth trillions, you still bought those kicks
Spotify’s 9 million, they ain’t say shit
The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you
That’s cool, I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you
Spending millions on media trying to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, ‘Hov, you used to it.”