Metro Boomin might not trust you, but you can certainly trust young Metro - at least when it comes to releasing new music.
On the heels of recent comments made by 300 Entertainment's Lyor Cohen about the damage that is being caused by exclusive releases through streaming service providers, the superstar producer took to Twitter early Thursday morning to assure fans his music will be available everywhere and anywhere music can be streamed.
The key takeaway from Metro's tweet should be the "instantly available and accessible" portion. Artists who have release their music through streaming services often sign agreements that allow the Apple Musics and TIDALs of the digital world exclusive rights for seven, 10 or 14 days. After this initial period of time expires, the artist (and their label) is then allowed to make the material available for stream everywhere.
The real rub for fans, however, is being forced to play the waiting game. Hip-hop, and music in general, in 2016 is just as much about the actual music as it is the conversation that surrounds it. Just like football fans like to tweet about a game while it's airing live on TV, music fans want to interact on social media as soon as an album has been released.
So if you signed up for an account on TIDAL but Metro Boomin decided to make his next LP available for stream exclusively through Apple Music, you'd really only have two options: pirate the music so you can be a part a "the moment" or ignore the release altogether.
The decision should be an easy one to make for all artists and labels, but that would require star recording artists and their investors saying no to money. Good luck.
By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.
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