If you remember, Kanye West ranted, excuse us, had a “stream of consciousness” during the time The Life of Pablo was released. The passionate lyricist said his latest project would be available on Tidal only, and Yeezy fans had to purchase subscriptions to the streaming service in order to partake in ‘Ye’s latest musical offering.
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Well, earlier this month, Pablo became available for streaming on other platforms including Apple Music and Spotify. For those who weren’t about that Tidal life, being able to stream the record on the other sites, including Mr. West’s proved to be an early Christmas gift. However, one fan Justin Baker-Rhett was livid he purchased a Tidal subscription. He was so pissed, he filled a class-action lawsuit in a San Francisco U.S District Court because of it.
The lawsuit claims West tricked listeners into purchasing the $9.99 subscription in order to listen to the album or as its described a “deceptive marketing ploy” that “fraudulently [induced] millions of American consumers into paying for Tidal’s rescue.”
The lawsuit goes onto claim Tidal was “quietly teetering on the brink of collapse” before its Pablo stream, which “had a profound impact on Tidal’s business.” Another gripe the lawsuit has is it contends that TLOP gave Tidal ample information about its new subscribers.
“We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public,” Jay Edelson, Baker-Rhett’s attorney said. “We believe that we will be able to prove to a jury that Mr. West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they will ultimately be held accountable for what they did.”
Damn homie. Tell ’em why you mad.