There has never been an easier time to access music than the era we're currently living in. You don't have to wait around for radio stations to play a new single or pick up a physical copy of an album in order to have it in your library. With a few presses on my phone screen, I can access an artist's (nearly) complete catalog in mere seconds, provided I have a subscription to the right streaming service.
That last part is important, because Jay Z dropped his new 4:44 project exclusively on Tidal, leaving a lot of fans out in the cold during the initial wave of listening. After many hip-hop fans used their free trial of Tidal to stream The Life of Pablo in 2016, they were left with few options to hear 4:44 on release night and resorted to desperately looking for a zip file with all of the songs on it.
One of those seekers just so happened to be Snoop Dogg, who is also on the outside looking in when it comes to music streaming services. He's a big fan of the new 4:44 project, but because he's not on that Tidal tip, he had to get a friend to hook him up with a copy of the new project when it dropped.
"I want to shoot a shout out to Jay Z, just dropped another motherfuckin' hot album," he said while reviewing the album in the video above. "But you know what, I don't got Tidal, so a n---- had to bootleg it to me. I'm on iTunes and shit cuz. I don't understand this, y'all gotta explain that to me. I went to iTunes looking for his album, and I couldn't find it, but my homie sent it to me."
Uncle Snoop sounds like part of his problem is technological rather than financial. Coughing up the extra dough for all the streaming services every month probably wouldn't dent his pockets as bad as it would yours or mine, but he clearly has a preference to keep all his music in one place.
The good news for Jay fans and Snoop himself is that 4:44 became available to download for a brief period over the weekend, giving non-Tidal users the opportunity to get their hands on a legitimate copy of the project without paying for a month of Tidal. The bad news is that access to the album has since ceased, and now you're left to wait for it to drop on Apple Music and/or Spotify in the near future if you didn't download it.
You can watch Snoop's hilarious admission up top. Maybe you should ask him for a copy of 4:44 if you haven't heard it yet.