Over the weekend, Lil Wayne held his first annual Lil Weezyana Fest in his hometown of New Orleans, and Drake was one of the many special guests that Tunechi surprised the crowd with. While those unable to attend were able to enjoy the show from the comfort of their own homes via TIDAL – they were quite displeased to find out that Drake wouldn’t be a part of that. Instead, they were treated to a black screen while he was on the stage, with a message from TIDAL blaming the action on Drake‘s partnership with Apple Music.
“Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream,” the message read. “Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience. We’ll be back after the performance.”
However, that’s a total lie according to Drake‘s DJ and co-manager, Future The Prince.
In a statement to BuzzFeed, Future explains it was a decision that came from their own camp, and Apple never could have had the power to make such a call.
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal. Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners.”
TIDAL then released a response, and they’re standing by their original claims:
“We have all the email receipts and written correspondence that took place with said, blocked performance. That being said we choose to keep it classy. Great show to all the performers. Great performance Wayne. God Bless New Orleans. 10 years stronger.”
Future The Prince isn’t with the sh*ts, though.
“I don’t understand. If you’re going to say something about the situation publicly, you should tell the truth. They saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt. We wanted to make sure the stream represented us in the right way, and we didn’t have much insight into what they were doing. Aesthetics and quality are important to us and we didn’t have any control over that or time to investigate it. We were just there to participate in the benefit.”
Hmm, whose story are you buying?