If your personal Spotify playlist seem light today, Hip Hop icon and music business mogul Jay Z may be to blame. Hova has made the decision to pull the majority of his music library from Spotify's streaming service. The move was apparently done on Friday (April 7).
What's left on Spotify from Jay-Z's catalog are the two albums he did with R.Kelly, 2002's Best of both Worlds and 2004's Unfinished Business. As far as singles go, you only have five to choose from now, and they are all compilations. Those tracks are "N****s In Paris" (Kanye West, Jay Z), “Numb/Encore” (Linkin Park, Jay Z), “All the Way Up” (Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft. French Montana, Infared and Jay Z), “Clique” (Big Sean, Jay Z and Kanye) and “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” (Linkin Park, Jay Z).
The move was somewhat expected as Jay Z launched and continues to be a major investor in one of Spotify's competitors, Tidal. Tidal was in the news earlier this year as the phone carrier Sprint acquired a 33% stake in the company. This latest move by Jay is seen as another attempt to close the gap in streaming subscribers by giving Tidal users something you can't find elsewhere. It was reported that Jay Z's music was also removed from Apple Music, but as of now that those not seem to be the case.
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