Jay Z has been very focused on getting all artists' music to the world with his latest venture, the music streaming service Tidal. But what about his own music?
"I'm on Tidal," Hov said during a talk at New York University on Wednesday, according to a transcript posted by The Fader. "I don't have a record deal."
The response came after a question about whether independent artists would be able to work directly with Tidal, even without a record label, when they wanted to drop new music.
It's not clear if he's suggesting he's more indie than he has been in recent years, or just not considering his own label, Roc Nation, a record deal.
After over a decade at Def Jam, Jay moved on and started Roc Nation, where he dropped his first post-Def Jam album, Blueprint 3, in 2009 -- thought it was distributed by Atlantic. His next and most recent, Magna Carta Holy Grail, also dropped through Roc Nation -- this time with Universal as the distribution partner.
Regardless of his own scenario, he certainly sounds eager to attract independent artists of all levels.
"If you don't have a contract as an independent artist," he added later, "then you can do whatever you want, and we would love to work with you."
Tidal executive Vania Schlogel also confirmed that independent artist would be able to get equity in the company -- something that artists like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and J. Cole already have.
So, does this mean he might be dropping his new album (whenever that comes) directly on Tidal? Given that he just bought the service for $56 million and is eager to both bring exposure to the service and expand the format, it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.
Just don't call Tidal a record label, though.
"Don't disrespect us, man," he said. "We have bigger ambitions than that."