Music mogul Damon “Dame” Dash recently shared his thoughts on former business partner Jay Z taking ample shots at corporations like streaming service Spotify.
Dame said he proudly co-signed Jay’s rant at last weekend’s Tidal B-Sides concert due to his embrace of independent business owners.
“I was really happy that the disses are now toward the corporate infrastructure, the machine, the awareness. I’m like that, I know Jay, and you know, as my experience with him, whatever is winning, he’s going to embrace. So if bringing awareness to being robbed as a culture is what’s now in style, and hopefully, that’s what I wanted to happen – if the most commercial person that I know, if the person that is going with [what] the masses are going to go with, is saying that, then that’s where the whole tide is going. Of course the timing of it may make it look like a marketing plan but good. Everything he does is a marketing plan. So if being independent is a marketing plan, then that’s good.” (“Boyce Watkins”)
According to reports, Spotify announced plans to add video streaming to its services earlier this week.
The closely held streaming service, which has shaken up the recording industry over the past few years, said Wednesday that it would offer news and clips from outlets like ABC, BBC, ESPN, NBC and Comedy Central. In addition, Spotify said it also is introducing original content, such as “A Full English,” a show that will feature artists and other personalities who search for common ground over breakfast. (Wall Street Journal)
During a Tidal B-Sides concert freestyle last weekend, Jay Z dropped a few lines aimed at Spotify.
“Oh n—s is skeptical of they own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify’s nine billion and they ain’t say sh*t / ‘Lucyyy you got some splainin’ to do’ / The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you / That’s cool / I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you / Spending billions on meryin’ to confusin you / I had to tell myself ‘Hov, get used to it’ / It’s politics as usual.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Despite not being big on the music streaming game, Roc Nation’s Memphis Bleek recently said he had to support his longtime mentor’s new service.
“I really don’t know too much about the Internet world. I’m brand new to it myself. I don’t have Pandora and I don’t have Spotify, but you know that I’ve got Tidal because I’m riding for my crew. I think, because Jay Z’s behind it, the expectations are high. When you’re associated with greatness, people expect everything that you do to happen overnight. Sometimes greatness takes time, even when you’re Jay Z.” (Complex)