Just prior to the launch of Tidal last year, Jay Z underscored his position as a stakeholder and ambassador for the artist-owned streaming service by removing his debut album Reasonable Doubt from Spotify. Now, Jay Z fans who subscribe to services like Spotify and Apple Music are being denied a few more of the iconic emcee’s classic albums.
Much to the dismay of rap fans using practically any music streaming service available, Jay Z has removed The Blueprint trilogy from Spotify, Apple Music, the Amazon digital music store and even iTunes. Both Reasonable Doubt and the three Blueprint albums are also nowhere to be found on Google Play. In an entirely tactful move, Tidal is now the sole platform where you can now stream The Blueprint series.
Even if you’re a Spotify or Apple Music subscriber, there’s no need to get too teary eyed at the thought of not having “Song Cry” on your HOV playlist anymore. Although the loss of Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint trilogy is a bummer for anyone who uses any streaming service besides Tidal, most of Jay Z’s back-catalog remains available on other platforms. Plenty of the rapper’s tracks from the removed albums can still be streamed as part of compilation projects like Jay Z‘s The Hits Collection Vol. 1.[Pitchfork]
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