Kanye West said “there will never be a Watch the Throne 2″ because of “Tidal/Apple bullshit” during his concert at Seattle’s KeyArena Wednesday.
As Pitchfork points out, fan-shot videos captured the rapper venting his frustration over the ongoing streaming wars before performing his recent Drake collaboration, “Pop Style.” West and Jay Z notably appeared on “Pop Style” when it was first released, but both rappers were scrubbed from the track when the song was released on Views, an Apple Music exclusive.
Previously, Drake told Zane Lowe the decision to cut the verses was because he thought fans would be “frustrated” by how small Jay’s contribution was, but West suggested otherwise.
While ‘Ye said Jay was partially reluctant to appear on “Pop Style” out of respect for Meek Mill (who’s feuded with Drake and signed to Roc Nation), West promised to play peacemaker but was ultimately stymied by the streaming wars. “But then it went out of that territory and went into some Tidal, some shit, some political shit, some shit about percentages on songs,” West fumed at the concert. “I can’t take this shit, bro!”
West then turned to the long-awaited follow-up to Watch the Throne, his 2011 collaboration with Jay Z, saying, “There will never be a Watch the Throne 2. You know why? Because that’s the reason why I wasn’t on the song – I wasn’t on the song because of Hov, because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit … So y’all didn’t get, what y’all was supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit.”
Despite insisting that the Tidal/Apple feud is holding up Watch the Throne, West (who is a Tidal co-owner) did not mention whether the streaming wars would affect his planned collaborative album with Team Apple rapper Drake. The pair teased the project in late August with a cryptic billboard in Los Angeles, and during an interview with Vogue in September, West said, “We’re just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio.”
After releasing his most recent album, The Life of Pablo, as a Tidal exclusive – and temporarily insisting the album would only be available on that platform – West has increasingly spoken out against the power struggle between Apple and Tidal. In July, he unleashed a Twitter screed blaming the two companies for “fucking up the music game,” adding, “Fuck all this dick swinging contest. We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music.”