Water company criticise Jay Z

Denver Water tell rapper to 'Stick to your own business, man!'

A water company have written an open letter to Jay-Z criticising the rapper’s comments about water.

Denver Water responded to comments made by Jay Z as he defended his new streaming service Tidal. “Water is free. Music is $6 but no one wants to pay for music,” Jay Z said. “You can drink water free out of the tap and it’s good water. But they’re OK paying for it. It’s just the mindset now.”

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In an open letter addressed to Jay Z and posted on the Denver Water blog, company executive Steve Snyder wrote, “Recently, you made a comparison about water and music. And since water is my business, I have to say, ‘Stick to your own business, man!'”

“This isn’t meant to state the obvious fact that some people can’t pay their water bills, so water must not be free. But your comments bring up the issue of how people value water – an issue our industry struggles with all the time.”

Snyder goes on to reveal how much water Jay Z would be able to buy with the money he has made.

“Your last album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, sold 528,000 copies in its first week on the market. At $6 each, that’s more than $3 million. You could buy 1 billion gallons of water for that, enough to fill 1,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Your summer home has enough room for those, right?”

“So perhaps we have something in common,” he concludes. “You will continue your quest to help people understand the value of music, while people in my industry will do the same with water. Of course, I’ve heard you actually have a whole list of problems to address — 99 to be exact?”

Following the response to their letter, Denver Water today (May 29) issued a follow-up post, writing:

“This is not about whether Jay Z thinks water is free. In fact, we commend him for speaking out about the water crisis in other countries. We understood his reference to water and music. He was talking about the value of the very thing that provides his livelihood. So were we.”

Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal has been hit with stiff criticism in recent weeks, forcing Jay Z to publicly defend the service on Twitter.

Diddy recently announced his support for the service, arguing that Tidal needs to be given time. He told Billboard: “It’s a great idea for the artist to be involved in the distribution. Everything takes time, so we’ll see in the next couple of years. But I would bet on Jay Z.”