Last night Lil Wayne put on a benefit concert in New Orleans, the first ever Lil WeezyAna Fest. Everybody came out including Curren$y, August Alsina, some old Young Money members and, of course, a Hot Boys reunion which included Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and Turk. However, one person was not allowed to be showed on the live stream which was presented by Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.
According to the New York Post, Apple was reportedly ready to sue Tidal for up to $20 million if Drake’s performance was shown on the stream. The article states that executives at Apple Music “were not happy when Drake was confirmed to perform at Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans Friday night, even though the festival benefits Tha Carter Fund, which supports after-school programs in Louisiana.”
However, according to Buzzfeed, it was Drake’s camp that stopped Tidal from streaming his set. Aubrey’s manager and DJ Future The Prince had some words to say about Tidal’s opportunity to turn the tables around on Apple Music:
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” Drake’s manager Future the Prince told BuzzFeed News. “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.”
So why did Tidal spin the story and make it seem as though Apple forced them to shut the stream down? Many folks were upset at the decision last night, though it is understandable considering Drake recently signed an exclusivity deal with Apple Music for around $19 million.
“I don’t understand,” Future said. “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,” he said. “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.”
Apple declined to comment about the situation and Tidal has yet to respond to a request for one. We’ll keep you guys updated as the story continues.