When Jay-Z dropped
on Tidal last week, not everyone was ready. The rapper's streaming service has already caused controversy because of its exclusive access to albums, like Kanye West's
The Life of Pablo
and this album is no different. To listen to the latest project from the rap mogul, users were forced to either sign up for a membership or do the free trial--assuming they hadn't used that option for last year's Yeezy drop.
These hurdles that come with exclusive streaming are confusing and annoying, which is why many fans bypass them entirely and instead pirate music. For one fan, named Snoop Dogg, that's the only option he had after searching through iTunes for Hov's new album. Yes, your favorite emcee, whose bloodstream is 50 percent THC, had to have a friend send him an illegal copy of the album--celebrities, they're just like us.
As he explained in a video review that looked like something your stoner dad would send you, "I don't got Tidal, so a n---- had to bootleg it to me. I'm on iTunes and shit cuz. I don't understand this, y'all gotta explain that to me. I went to iTunes looking for his album, and I couldn't find it, but my homie sent it to me."
Whether he's tired of exclusivity or simply doesn't understand today's technology is still up for debate, but we do know that Snoop was a fan of the "motherfuckin' hot album." Let's just hope that for Jay-Z's next release, Snoop won't have to have his friend send it to him again.