Streaming services may have made it easier and more effective for fans to download and store their music “on the cloud”, but that doesn’t mean that it comes cheap. Though streaming music and/or downloading it legally can mean you pay way less than grabbing a physical copy like a CD, getting it for free is well, free. And one dawg who decided to do just that recently is none other than rap’s daddy, Snoop Dogg.
The rapper recently admitted that he bootlegged Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44. He claimed that he doesn’t understand Tidal, the streaming service owned by Jay-Z and on which it is currently exclusively available. In an interview, Snoop Dogg said, “I want to shoot a shout out to Jay-Z, just dropped another motherfuc*ing hot album. But you know what, I don’t got Tidal, so a n*gga had to bootleg it to me. I’m on iTunes and sh*t ‘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.”
Just so you know, 4:44 will be released on iTunes next week.
Maybe Jay-Z did hear that shout out from Snoop Dogg, because 4:44 became free for download, legally through Tidal for a day. In case you missed that lucky chance, fret not, because you can go to 444.tidal.com and enter the code SPRINT, along with a valid email address. You then have the option of downloading individual tracks off the album, or even the entire album itself in .MP3 and .FLAC formats.
4:44 released on June 30, shortly after the birth of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s twins, Rumi and Sir. The album tackles those cheating rumours that were previously brought on on Beyoncé’s path-breaking album, Lemonade. In less than a week since its release, 4:44 has already gone platinum!
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