New Jay-Z freestyle answers Tidal critics

By  | Dec 05, 2018, 07:58 PM

Rapper-turned-entrepreneur Jay-Z performed a rare freestyle hitting back at critics of Tidal, his latest business venture.

Video footage from the ‘Tidal X: Jay-Z B-Sides’ concerts on Saturday, shows Jay-Z raising various issues that once again reveal the murky politics of the entertainment business. In terms of lyrical depth, we could compare it to J. Cole’s Be Free, touching on topics ranging from Freddie Gray’s death, police brutality and YouTube paying artists peanuts.

The performance easily has more than bars a lot of rappers’ singles that are coming out these days.

Take a look at the quotable lyrics we've hand-picked from the freestyle. We guess the question now is: do you think Jay-Z is about to make a move back to the mainstream music scene?

“Google dig around a crazy check I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit Them n****s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get You know n****s died for equal pay right?!? You know when I work I ain’t your slave right? You know I ain’t shucking and jiving and high-fiving, and you know this ain’t back in the days right? Well I can’t tell, how the way they killed Freddie Gray right Shot down Mike Brown how they did Trey right? Let them continue choking n****s, We gon’ turn style, I ain’t your token n***a”

Whilst Jay-Z sent shots towards his critics, the likes of Sizwe Dhlomo also had a bone to pick with the rapper. Sizwe sighted Jay-Z's music streaming service as a business that still needs a lot of work, and also shared his opinion about the poor quality usage of the streaming service.