Jay Z threw the first of two B-sides concerts at Terminal 5 in New York City, exclusively attended by Tidal subscribers. Hov performed rare tracks from his extended catalogue, paying tribute to Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray.
During the show, Jay Z did an impromptu freestyle throwing jabs at YouTube, Spotify, and Apple; his new streaming competitors. In his freestyle Hov mentioned how in his effort to bring Tidal to an accomplishment, passing on offers from both Pharrell and Jimmy Lovine.
Throughout the concert, the rapper brought out several special guests including Jay Electronica, Young Jeezy, Memphis Bleek, and Beanie Sigel. He went on to pay tribute to the late B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix.
Here’s the full lyrics to the freestyle via MTV:
“I don’t need no middlemen to talk to my n—-s / I understand if you don’t understand I figure my n—-a / That’s where we differ / I take what’s mine you accept what they give you / I get you/ I don’t take no checks / I take my respect / Pharrell even told me “Go with the best bet” / Jimmy Iovine offered the safety net / Google came around with a crazy check / I feel like YouTube is the culp-a-rit /. N—-s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get / You know n—a die for equal pay, right? You know what i’m worth / I ain’t your slave right / You know i aint shucking and jivin’ and high fivin’ / You know this ain’t back in the days right / But i can’t tell by the way they kill Freddie Gray right / Shot down / Mike Brown / Like the way they did Tray right? / Y’all gone’ keep choking’ n—-s / we gon’ turn style / I ain’t your token n—a / You know i came in this game independent right / Tidal / My own label / same difference / Oh n—-s is skeptical of they own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify’s nine billion and they ain’t say shit / ‘Lucyyy you got some splainin’ to do’ / The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you / That’s cool / I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you / Spending billions on meryin’ to confusin you / I had to tell myself “Hov, get used to it” / It’s politics as usual.”
Watch Jay Z’s freestyle below: