And one man isn’t going to take it anymore.
After the clusterfuck that was the release of The Life Of
Brian Pablo, Yeezy fan Justin Baker-Rhett has filed a class-action lawsuit against the rapper and Jay-Z’s Tidal for essentially duping him and millions of others into signing up for the streaming service.
As you may recall, prior to TLOP‘s official release, Ye *subtly insinuated* that the only place that anyone would ever be able to hear his album would be on Tidal:
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
And now, it looks as though he’s going to pay the price for the Twitter furphy.
Baker-Rhett is suing the crap out of Kanye and Tidal for lying to us all about TLOP‘s exclusivity.
According to Vulture, the class-action lawsuit states that if the San Francisco man had known that the album would be available elsewhere at some point, he never would have signed up to the $9.99/month streaming service.
Same goes for approximately two million other people who are believed to have subscribed to Tidal solely because of The Life of Pablo, thus netting the streaming giant a tidy extra $84 million as well as shitloads of people’s credit card info and personal data.
“We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public,” Baker-Rhett’s attorney Jay Edelson said in an official statement.
“We believe that we will be able to prove to a jury that Mr. West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they will ultimately be held accountable for what they did.”
Speaking to Pitchfork, Edelson also added: “Mr. Baker-Rhett believes that superstars are required to follow the same rules as everyone else.”
Revisit The Life Of Pablo on
Tidal Spotify below.
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