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Jay Z's B-Side Show Delivers Classic Records And A New Dis To His Competition

Hov calls out YouTube.

When Jay Z launched his new streaming service Tidal, in March, he did it with a promise of premium and exclusive content to his users. On Saturday, the iconic rapper and music mogul delivered on his promise when Hov performed at Terminal 5 in New York City for his special B-Sides show, a two-hour set where he showcased only rare, fan-favorite tracks.

Hov offered free tickets to Tidal users who created the best b-side-theme playlists, while the rest of the streaming services customers were able to watch it online. After starting with 2000's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia "Intro," Jigga thrilled the audience with tracks like "Young, Gifted and Black," "A Million & One Questions" and "Dead Presidents Pt. 1."

He brought out Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica, Young Jeezy and surprised the crowd when he invited his estranged friend and protege Beanie Sigel on stage for a reconciliation.

Throughout the night Jay performed all the songs that his diehards know and love, except for that one, brand-new freestyle where he threw shots at YouTube and defended himself in the face of all the criticism he's received for Tidal's premium price tag. Some charge Jay's Tidal is out of touch with the consumer and his fans, but he says different.

Check Jay's new lyrics below:

"And I don't need no middle man to talk to my n---as

I understand if you don't understand, I figure I'm Jigga

That's where we differ

I take what's mine, you accept what they give ya, I get ya

I don't take no checks, I take my respect

Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet

Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net

Google dangled around a crazy check

I feel like YouTube was the biggest cul-prit

Them n---as pay you a tenth of what you're supposed to get

You n---as die for equal pay right?

You know what I'm worth? I ain't ya slave right?

You know I ain't shuckin' and jivin' and hi-fivin'

You know this ain't back in the days, right?

Well I can't tell the way they killed Freddie Gray, right?

Shot down Mike Brown, how they did Tray, right?

Let 'em continue choking n---as

We gonna turn style (turnstile), I ain't ya token n---a

You know I came in this game independent right?

Tidal, my own label, same difference

Oh, n---as is skeptical when it's their own sh-t

You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich

Phil Knight is worth millions, you still bought them kicks

Spotify is nine million, they ain't say sh-t

Lucy you got some esplainin' to do

The only one they hatin' on looks the same as you

That's cool, I know they tryin' to bamboozle you

Spendin' millions on me to tryin' to confuse you

I had to talk to myself, Hov you should be used to it

It's politics as usual"


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