The rapper played the city's Terminal 5 venue for Tidal subscribers only
Jay-Z played a free show for Tidal subscribers in New York on Saturday (May 16).
The rapper launched new music streaming service Tidal in March at a star-studded New York event that featured appearances from Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Usher, Deadmau5 and Beyoncé, among others.
Jay Z treated Tidal users that won tickets via the app to a set featuring rare tracks from his back-catalogue.
He also called out Youtube and Spotify, both competitors of Tidal, in a freestyle rap. “I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit, Them n****s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get… Tidal, my own lane, same difference, Oh n****s is skeptical about they own shit… Spotify worth nine billion and they ain’t say shit!”
Spotify’s co-founder Martin Lorentzon recently addressed Tidal when speaking at a tech start-up event in Stockholm. Lorentzon was asked what message he has for Jay Z, with his reply, “I would say that I have 99 problems but Jay Z is not one of them!”
The freestyle also saw the rapper pay homage to recent victims of police brutality in the US, Freddie Gray, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin, “Well I can’t tell, how the way they killed Freddie Gray right, Shot down Mike Brown how they did Tray right?” Jay Z and Beyoncé recently met the families of Freddie Gray and Mike Brown in Baltimore.
Jay Z also paid tribute to the late blues musician BB King at the event. King passed away in his sleep on Thursday (May 14), after suffering a series of small strokes related to his type 2 diabetes. The rapper held a moment of silence for King during the show.
Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Wu-Tang Clan, Slash, President Barack Obama and more have also paid tribute to King in recent days. U2 performed their BB King collaboration ‘When Love Comes To Town’ at their show in Vancouver on Friday night (May 15).
Watch footage of Jay Z’s freestyle below.