On Saturday, May 16, Jay-Z dropped the dauntless “Streams of Consciousness” freestyle as he performed at New York City venue, Terminal 5 for an exclusive Tidal concert entitled Tidal X: Jay-Z B-Sides. The venue is said to be the smallest place Hov has performed at in years with a capacity of 3,000.
I guess Jay only sees fit to give his supporters a look into one of his coziest concerts, especially after all the backlash he received early on.
You can see and hear the rapper clearly taking shots at all of his competitors and critics alike, while discussing politics and injustices such as Michael Brown. He raps, “I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit/Them n*ggas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get/You know n*ggas die for equal pay right?/You know when I work I ain’t your slave right?”
Initially released in October 2014, the Tidal service was met with a rough start aided by harsh criticism after a press conference in March 2015 that featured some of the biggest names in music — sixteen artists to be exact. Alcia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Mrs. Carter herself, and of course Jay-Z were just a few of the artists present at the conference for the relaunch of Tidal. Their presence not only signified unity with Jay-Z and his vision, it also represented joint ownership of the company, which was sealed as each artist signed a declaration in honor of the company. Criticism came as fans began to believe that Jay-Z and all of the artists there were simply in favor of Tidal to add more millions to their millionaire status.
Still don’t believe in the goal of Tidal? Let Jay-Z set you straight in the video above.