Today (December 4th) is the 50th birthday of one Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay-Z. To celebrate, he’s done something that he hasn’t done in over two years.
He put his entire discography back on his Tidal rival, Spotify.
Back in 2017, Jay pulled his entire solo catalog — from Reasonable Doubt to Magna Carta Holy Grail (his thirteenth album, 4:44, never even landed on the platform) — off the DSP’s e-shelves (they were, however, all on Apple Music). So, unless you had Apple Music, Tidal, or — if you were like me — just snatched a copy off of the Internets (hey, I deejay on the side, plus you can’t really listen to streaming music that well when you’re underground on a train. Also, I’m frugal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ), Spotify was off the table until the clock struck 12 on Jay’s born date.