News: Killer Mike Unplugs Samsung's Privacy Policy, Won't Download Jay-Z's Free "Magna Carta" LP

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 2:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike looks like he's going to wait until the mass market can get their hands on Jay-Z's upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail solo album in light of Samsung's privacy policy.

Mike revealed Samsung's need to gain access to its users' storage turned him away from wanting it as a free download this week.

"I read this and........"Naw I'm cool" pic.twitter.com/x8fXPG1tvC," he tweeted.
"@KillerMikeGTO The reason they need access to your storage is when they do updates. unneeded data, they delete just to fix bugs etc," Mike retweeted July 2.
"Say @THAcAUSEofDEATH WTF are u talm bout. I like the Rapper Jay Z. Infact longer than U. But I am not comfortable with that."
"@Skritchin @THAcAUSEofDEATH "Nigga act like I said Fuck Jay he weak". I ain't a sucka who says Suck shit. I am a man that has a standard."
"U Niggas will never B "Jay Z". He know it. I know it & inside we booth giggle (Like he did on @RealTimers) that u Dont. #ReasonableDoubt" (Killer Mike's Twitter)

Producer A-Trak also suffered some backlash after recently revealing his disinterest in Jay's Samsung partnership.

"That Samsung sh*t is corny," he tweeted June 17th.
"My man RT @ChaseNCashe: Let my man @atrak speak his piece in peace ya feel me. He's too deep in the game. He's a real culture ambassador."
"My man too RT @DJFolk: and 1 time for atrak ...." (A-Trak's Twitter)

Samsung raised a few eyebrows after reports of the technology giant purchasing one million of Jay's album surfaced.

The connection: Samsung has purchased 1 million copies of Jay-Z's coming album, entitled "Magna Carta Holy Grail," slated for release July 4, and plans to give them to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users for free - 72 hours ahead of the release. The users are to receive the music through an app they'll receive later this month. (Recipients won't be able to share it until the official release date.) Samsung paid $5 apiece for the albums, according to a person familiar with the matter. It wasn't immediately clear if Nielsen SoundScan will count Samsung's purchases in its sales tallies. (Wall Street Journal)

The power move ultimately forced the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to change its certification policies.

"We think it's time for the RIAA - and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman - to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That's why today we are officially updating this rule in our G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date. Not only do we believe it's sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the program's inception, we also consider today's move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music marketplace. In May we announced the integration of on-demand streams to the program to more broadly recognize online demand for songs." (RIAA)

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