Snoop Dogg is a bit of a legend. And when I say a bit, I mean one of the biggest bits in the history of rap and generational culture. He’s pretty straight forward, too. He smokes. He makes music. He’s really fucking funny on Twitter. And he doesn’t understand Tidal either.
In a video review of Jay Z’s new album 4:44, Snoop explained that he’s more of an Apple Music than a Tidal kind of guy, and for not being able to get his head around the whole Tidal thing (which is owned by Jay Z, ICYMI), he had to bootleg, aka listen to a not very legal recording, of Jay Z’s latest release. And yes, illegal streaming is wrong and does bad things for the music industry and shouldn’t be resorted to etc, etc. But also, lol. Snoop, we feel you.
‘Top ‘o the morning’, Snoop said in the video. ‘I wanna shoot a shout-out to Jay Z. Just dropped another motherfucking hot album, ‘4:44’. 4:44. But, you know what, I don’t got Tidal so a n***a had to bootleg it to me. I’m on iTunes and shit cuz I don’t understand that’s hit – y’all gotta explain that to me’. I mean, you laugh, but you definitely felt the same way the first time you downloaded that one month free trial, right?
Snoop continued: ‘I went to iTunes looking for his album and I couldn’t find it, and my homie sent it to me, you understand me?’ Preach. Too many of us spent the best part of a year refreshing the search for 'Beyonce, Lemonade' on Spotify and iTunes to no avail. We do understand you, Snoop.
But, what of 4:44? After all, I think the purpose of the video was to review the music rather than throw some low-key shade at the music streaming service run by the album's artist...
Turns out he is a fan, which is good because things could have crossed from funny to awkward really quickly. ‘Shout-out to Jay-Z … he did it again', Snoop added before digressing just a tad. 'I ain’t no hater, I love the game for what it’s worth [...] Practice that. Practice showing love for other motherfuckers other than yourself. Yeah. Do that.’
Yes. Let's all do that. In the spirit of showing love, if 4:44 could please make its way over to other music streaming services that would be great. Love the game, Jay. Love the game.
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.