According to media reports, West wants out of the exclusive agreement he entered into with Tidal allegedly over millions of dollars owed to him by the company.
TMZ reports that the Life of Pablo singer is arguing that he is owed more than $3 million (R39,5 million) in bonuses resulting from the release of his album bringing in over a million new subscribers to the streaming platform.
West also reportedly wants Tidal to reimburse him for the production of music videos.
A source told the entertainment publication that because West failed to deliver on some videos as stipulated in his contract, Tidal’s position is that it doesn’t owe him any money, but the way West sees it, he’ll only complete the music videos once the amount he claims is outstanding has been settled.
Tidal has allegedly warned West that he would be sued if he breaks his exclusivity agreement with the company.
The feud seems to have been reignited last week, following the release of Jay-Z’s 4:44 album, with one of the songs said to be aimed at his former friend.
“You dropped outta school, you lost your principles. You gave him 20 million without thinkin’. He gave you 20 minutes in stage, f**k was he thinkin’?” he raps.
This line is apparently in reference to a loan he gave Kanye.
The rift between the pair reportedly started last year when Jay-Z failed to contact West following his wife Kim Kardashian’s robbery at gunpoint in Paris. West called out his former friend at a concert and months later, also called out Queen Bey.
It had earlier been reported that the friends later kissed and made up, but the latest string of accusations and counter-accusations has undoubtedly caused serious damage.
Tidal – which is co-owned by a host of A-listers, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Chris Martin, Usher, Beyonce and Madonna, was launched to much fanfare in 2015 and hailed as a potential game-changer.
However, in recent months, questions have been raised over whether the business’s exclusive streaming and downloading model is actually benefitting artists and increasing subscriber numbers.