Update (6/14 10:50 P.M.): Welp, no big deal here, folks. The Life of Pablo quickly returned to Tidal with a new song, "Saint Pablo," added to the end of the track list.
Original Story: In the longwinded release of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, Yeezy said a lot of things. Surely you remember. Among his public statements was a claim that the album would forever remain a Tidal exclusive. TLOP would never reside on Apple Music or Spotify, the rapper said, as he pledged allegiance to Jay Z's streaming company.
But all that was bluster. The Life of Pablo is has been available on both Apple and Spotify since April 1, but on Tuesday, the album disappeared from Tidal, its original home. It's a weird thing, because as of now, no one really knows why.
The Fader recalls an incident from April, when a fan named Justin Baker-Rhett sued Kanye and Tidal over the false claim that TLOP would only exist on Tidal, and no other streaming services. Baker-Rhett's suit suggested Kanye's remarks tricked fans into signing up for Tidal subscriptions, which had "a grave impact on consumer privacy" for those involved. Meanwhile, the album remains available on both Apple Music and Spotify.
No biggie for Kanye though: The rapper announced his sprawling Saint Pablo tour today in support of the album, and you can check out all the dates here.
Next, watch Kanye in his pre Pablo days in a Fuse archival interview with the MC: