A few days ago we posted about the re-introduction of TIDAL brought to you by Jay Z and it didn’t take long for the world to speak, most of which was negative. Things referring to “the wealthy just wanting to get weathier, what are these celebrities doing to help US the community and why in the HELL am I going to pay $20 PLUS TAX for streaming music” Well thanks to a Q&A organized by Clive Davis’ Institution of Recorded Music on Wednesday Jay gave us some answers.
Within the Q& A Jay at one point compare himself to Tim Cooks and Steve Jobs saying:
“I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists.”
When questioned about the expensive price for being apart of TIDAL he responded:
“You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for TIDAL. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way.”
What are you doing to help the community, why don’t we see you in St. Louis or the other major areas that are being affected by the recent alleged racially motivated incidents? He responded well saying:
“Yes, of course there are greater causes, of course. This is not mutually exclusive — there are other problems, real problems going on in the world. We don’t miss the problems; we try to take care of them all. Imagine the President: he has to take care of ISIS, gay rights, equal pay for women, discrimination — all at the same time! So, you can’t say “You started this site when you should be out in St. Louis!” It’s like, okay, J. Cole is out in St. Louis. I wasn’t in St. Louis, but I was in the governor’s office. Because, we can march all day long but if the laws don’t change, then we’ll be marching again and it’ll just be a different slogan on the shirt, and that’s a greater tragedy as well. Everyone has to play their part, everyone has to do different things, and it all has to happen at the same time.”
Personally I still don’t know enough…what makes TIDAL so different, what about it should prompt me to pay 20 + dollars month to stream music? What do you guys think? #TIDAL4ALL #TIDALORNAH