Kanye also said he offered to call Meek Mill and Drake in order to get the original Throne version of "Pop Style" on "VIEWS."
Kanye West may be one of Tidal's owners, but he's not happy with what the streaming exclusivity wars are doing to music. During his Seattle stop on the Saint Pablo tour, Kanye couldn't help but express his frustration with the handling of Drake's "Pop Style," which originally featured vocals from himself and Jay Z, but was released as a Drake solo cut when VIEWS dropped on Apple Music.
"There will never be a Watch The Throne 2 ... I wasn't on the [the album version of "Pop Style"] 'cause of Hov," he revealed. "It was some Tidal/Apple bullshit. This shit gets me tight every time I perform this motherfucker."
Jay Z, is of course, the primary owner of Tidal, and with VIEWS being an Apple release, it seems that his involvement became complicated. According to Ye, Hov was also hesitant to do the guest spot out of respect to Meek Mill, who was in the middle of a beef with Drake, and is managed by Jay's company, Roc Nation.
"Out of respect for Meek Mill he didn't want to be on the track," Kanye recalled. " I said, look, I'll call Drake, I'll call Meek, we gotta squash this shit, we gotta let people have this song!" At that point, the Tidal and Apple beef became the main detractor from the collab going on the album. "It went into some political shit, some shit about percentages on songs," he said, suggesting there is now some stress on his friendship with Jay. "I can't take this shit, bro, our kids ain’t never even played together."
Watch clips of Kanye's comments below.