Music mogul JAY-Z is for the people even if they subscribe to Apple Music. The TIDAL owner has reportedly allowed the streaming giant to once again stream his Blueprint trilogy.
According to reports, Young Hov quietly hit the green light on Apple Music getting access to his classic studio projects years after pulling them.
After initially pulling his Blueprint trilogy from streaming services in favor of his company Tidal in 2016, on Wednesday (May 22), Jay-Z has brought those albums back to Apple Music. In 2016, Jay-Z yanked the Blueprint series from Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play. His 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, vanished from streaming services back in 2015 and remains the only album from Jay-Z’s discography unavailable on Apple Music. (Billboard)
Back in 2017, reports emerged about JAY wanting his music pulled from services like Apple Music and Spotify.
In a statement to The Verge on Friday, Spotify said the removal of some of Jay Z’s catalog was done “at the request of the artist.” The leading streaming service no longer has any of Jay Z’s solo work, with only features and his projects with R. Kelly and Linkin Park remaining on the service. This is the third time Jay Z’s content has been pulled from the streaming services — after Tidal launched Jay Z removed his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, from all streaming services except for Tidal. Last year, Jay Z’s Blueprint series was removed from streaming services as well. (The Verge)
In March, JAY-Z protégé Freeway hit up Instagram to reflect on Young Hov’s Blueprint album getting archived in the Library of Congress.
The same week, the Library of Congress announced JAY’s legendary album will be inducted into the National Recording Registry.
Each year, the registry selects 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old and are deemed as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the National Recording Preservation Board. This year’s additions bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 525. Other albums added to the registry this year include Cyndi Lauper’s hit 1983 album She’s So Unusual and Curtis Mayfield’s classic 1972 blaxploitation soundtrack Superfly. (SPIN)
JAY’s epic LP features key production from game-changing producers like Kanye West and Just Blaze.
Blueprint is JAY’s sixth studio album and is widely regarded as one of his best works. The full-length also notably marks some of Kanye West and Just Blaze’s first breakout production credits. West produced four cuts on the project including “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” which became JAY’s first top ten single as a lead artist, while Just Blaze produced the Grammy-nominated “Song Cry” among others. (The FADER)