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Don't Expect to Hear Jay Z on Spotify or Apple Music

Don’t Expect to Hear Jay Z on Spotify or Apple Music

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rfocus.orgAs the sun rotates and the game grows bigger, the streaming wars continue and now involve Jigga.  If you are a Jay Z fan and don't have TIDAL or already have his music in some other ancient form of recorded sound, like a CD, you may be out of luck.  All of Jay-Z’s solo albums have been removed from the Spotify and Apple Music.  You can't really find Jay Z on Amazon either.  According to a statement made to the Verge by Spotify, the removal came “at the request of the artist.” 

As the majority of the world knows, Jay is part owner of Tidal and being the savvy business man he is, he just made a power move.  Tidal's modus operandi since  its launch has been exclusivity.  Jay Z and other Tidal artists want to control their music and the narrative.  We will see how this plays out for Shawn Carter.  

Jay Z Releases the Video for "Picasso Baby" as a Performance Art Film

Jay Z Does Press Release About Barneys Collaboration and Racial Profiling

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jayz-picasso-baby-behind-the-scenes-01_14431241010.jpg_article_gallery_slideshow_v2Jay Z released this statement today concerning is collaboration with Barneys and their racial profiling problem....
This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit. I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration. I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter
Shawn Carter aka Jay Z: End all partnerships with Barneys New York

Shawn Carter aka Jay Z: End all partnerships with Barneys New York

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RWzwFcNuOSBxlKq-556x313-cropped By Derick Bowers Brooklyn, New York Sign Derick's Petition Right as Jay Z prepares to roll out a new partnership with Barneys New York for the holiday shopping season, I've been disappointed to hear new allegations about how the retailer treats young black consumers. Recently, we have learned the shocking news that a young college student Trayon Christian (a black male) was arrested in NYC after making a $350 purchase at Barneys New York. According to The Post, following his purchase, he was stopped by police officers, allegedly called by a Barneys sales clerk, who believed the transaction was fraudulent. After hours being held in a precinct cell, Trayon was released with no charges. Just days later, Kayla Phillips, a 21-year-old black woman, came forward with her similar story of discrimination. Kayla says that she was surrounded by police and questioned after she purchased a handbag from the store. She was also incorrectly accused of using a fraudulent card. We can no longer tolerate blatant prejudice and discrimination. It is clear that the minority buying power is devalued by some. We must withdraw support to those who will not support us. I've been a lifelong Jay Z fan. Jay Z is currently in partnership with Barneys New York for the release of his holiday collection -- called "A New York Holiday" (or BNY SCC). Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer. Please join me in calling on Jay Z to withdraw his support from Barneys New York because of this discrimination. Sign Petition

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