Jay Z brought a handful of special guests out onstage at his much-hyped “Tidal X: Jaÿ-Z B-Sides” concert at Terminal 5 in New York City last night (May 16). Among the surprise artists to make an appearance, Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel helped Jay with “You, Me, Him, and Her” while Jay Electronica chipped in for “We Made It” before offering fans a rendition of “Exhibit C” alongside Just Blaze. Jeezy also appeared to perform his Jay Z collaborations “Go Crazy” and “Who Dat.”
Late in the show though, Jay raised eyebrows with a new freestyle that took aim at YouTube and Spotify.
“I don’t take no checks I take my respect,” Jay rapped at one point, “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 is the biggest culprit / Them niggas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get.”
Later in the freestyle he added, “Oh niggas is skeptical as their own shit / You bought 9 iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify is 9 million they ain’t say shit / ‘Lucy you got some splaining to do.'”
Watch the whole freestyle below and stream the entirety of Jay Z’s “Tidal X” concert on Tidal.