AceShowbiz - Jay-Z addresses critics during "Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides", an exclusive concert at Manhattan's Terminal 5. He defends his pricey streaming service which is criticized for being lack of a free option. He slams the rival online services like Spotify and YouTube.
"So I'm the bad guy now I hear, because I don't go with the flow," he raps in freestyle. "That's where we differ/ I take what's mine, you accept what they give you/ I get you/ I don't take no checks, I take my respect/ Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet/ Jimmy Iovine on for the safety net."
"Google dig around a crazy check/ I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit," the Hov continued. "Them n****s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get/ You know n****s die for equal pay right?/ You know when I work I ain't your slave right?"
"You know I came in this game independent right?/ Tidal, my own label, same difference/ Oh, n****s is skeptical when it's their own sh*t/ You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich/ Phil Knight is worth millions, you still bought them kicks/ Spotify is nine million, they ain't say sh*t," he went on.
"The only one they hatin' on looks the same as you/ That's cool, I know they tryin' to bamboozle you/ Spendin' millions on me to tryin' to confuse you/ I had to talk to myself, Hov you should be used to it/ It's politics as usual."