Kanye West Says “Tidal & Apple Bulls!t” Is Responsible for No Watch The Throne 2 & Absence on Drake’s ‘Views’
If you may recall, back in March, a version of Drake’s ‘Views’ single, “Pop Style” surfaced featuring the combined duo of Jay Z and Kanye West, known by their stage name Watch the Throne, on the web. While many fans enjoyed the collaboration between the three, it was still met with mixed reviews as Ye and Jay didn’t really bring their usual A-game to the Boi-1da production.
Drake would later go on to remove The Throne from the song and added another verse of his own. In an interview with Zane Crowe, Drake revealed that he didn’t like the verse from Jay Z and that he originally sent the song for Kanye only to feature. Drake further elaborated that the two’s presence on the song just didn’t fit at the end of the day with Drake’s expectations or the fans expectations as well.
While we’ve never received a response from either Kanye or Jay Z on the song. During his Seattle stop on the Saint Pablo tour, Kanye revealed why he was not on Drake’s “Pop Style” and how they’re will not be a sequel to 2011 ‘Watch the Throne’, blaming the streaming service war between Tidal and Apple Music as the responsible party. Kanye reveals that Jay Z asked to be removed from Drake’s “Pop Style” out of respect for his Roc Nation client Meek Mill.
Drake and Meek have been at odds with one another since Meek first called Drake for using his ghost writer Quentin Miller on Meek Mill’s “R.I.C.O.” off the Philadelphia-native’s second album, ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’.
Yeezus described the whole ordeal in frustration as, “political bullshit”. Kanye performed “Pop Style” during his headlining set and cut the music to address concert-goers with detailed revelation, naming Drake, Jay Z, Meek Mill, Tidal, and Apple.
“I wasn’t on this song ’cause of Hov. ‘Cause of this Tidal-Apple bullsh-t, and this sh-t be getting me tight every time I perform this motherf—er. That y’all didn’t get what y’all were supposed to get with me and Drake on this song ’cause of some Tidal – Apple bullsh-t.
This sh-t got me tight, yo. Every time I perform the song I think about this sh-t. I think about the politics and the bullsh-t. I think about how hard I go for music, for art, for y’all, for the fans, how hard we go.
I start freestylin’ to it. Jay thought of a couple lines, I said, ‘Man, just go ahead and throw that on there, [Drake] would be so surprised he probably wouldn’t expect you to be on there.’
And we sent it back to him. And he was like, ‘Oh sh-t, the Throne is on this sh-t.’ Then Jay thought about it, and out of respect for Meek Mill he didn’t want to be on the track. And I said, ‘Look, I’ll call Drake, I’ll call Meek, I’ll call y’all, we gotta squash this sh-t, we gotta let people have this song.
But then it went out of that and went into some Tidal, some political sh-t, some sh-t about percentages on songs. I can’t take this sh-t, bro.
Tidal is a streaming service owned by Jay Z, Kanye has partial ownership in the service and even released his latest album, ‘The Life of Pablo’ original as an exclusive product on Tidal. Drake has an exclusive deal with Apple Music and in that deal released his latest Platinum-selling album, ‘Views’ exclusively on Apple music streaming service.
Jay Z and Kanye West have worked with Drake in the past on the OVO’s debut album, ‘Thank Me Later’ back in 2010. Kanye directed Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” and produced “Find Your Love”. Jay Z contributed on Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’ on the Tone Mason-produced song, “Light Up”. Now there have been industry rumors for years that Jay and Drake have a subliminal beef with one another and have trade diss lines towards each other on they’re respective hits.
Drake and Kanye are reportedly working on a new collaboration album and have already began promotion on the upcoming album with Billboards in various cities. There has been no official release date on the the upcoming collaboration from G.O.O.D. Music/OVO.
Kanye West had to address his former protege Kid Cudi during his current ongoing tour after Cudi voiced his disagreement with Ye and Drake working together on twitter. However, Cudi and Ye have since patched things up and the Cleveland-recording artist has since entered Rehab.
Kanye’s Saint Pablo tour announced 23 new dates yesterday, leading into New Year’s Eve with a two-night finale in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclay Center. Drake also recently announced that he will be hitting the road once again on the Boy Meets World tour.