Kanye West Says Watch the Throne 2 Will Never Happen Because of Jay Z’s Beef with Apple Music
Here’s why the Throne-featuring “Pop Style” didn’t make it on Drake’s Views.
Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour just stopped in Seattle, and other than the spectacle of the show itself, West gave fans a little extra when he vented about the background drama surrounding “Pop Style,” a single off of Drake’s Views. In its original form, the song featured “The Throne”—the duo of Kanye West and Jay Z—but when the album dropped, both Kanye West’s verse and Jay Z’s (forgettable) one liner were missing. At the time of its initial, fans noted that Jay Z barely rapped on the song, but according to West the reason for that runs much deeper than pure laziness on Jay Z’s part.
“I wasn’t on the song because of Hov,” Kanye said to the packed crowd. “This shit be gettin’ me tight every time I perform this motherfucker. 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.” As many are aware, Jay Z is a part owner of Tidal (as is West), while Drake has a distribution deal with Apple Music and his own Apple Music radio station. West’s frustrations are basically due to what he sees as the “politics” that kept the best version of the song (meaning the version featuring Kanye West) from being on Drake’s album.
Kanye West has long been extremely vocal when it comes eliminate boundaries between classes, races, and fashion senses, even once saying “politics are what hold things back.” That’s an interesting point to make for a man running for president in four years. But from a fan perspective, he’s pretty much right. Frankly, most of us could care less about which streaming service is paying which artist the most. We just want the best music possible.
Perhaps this is also why the rumored album with Kanye West and Drake—for which mysterious billboards have sprung up in Los Angeles—has yet to see the light of day. If so-called “Tidal-Apple bullshit” results in the kibosh being put on that project, too, it would be a super bummer. Then again, Jay Z has always said he’s literally a business, man. So let’s allow him to handle his business, damn.