Kanye: Apple and Tidal 'bullshit' caused Drake rift

He and Jay Z pulled out of the song because of streaming "politics."

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Kanye West says that he and Jay Z didn't appear on the final "Pop Style" track of Drake's Apple Music exclusive Views album because of Apple's rivalry with Tidal. "Y'all didn't get, what y'all were supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit," he said in a Saint Pablo tour video spotted by The Fader (below). He added that Jay Z pulled his own vocal "out of respect to Meek Mill," presumably over the infamous Mill and Drake Twitter tiff.

Kanye performed the song, which he co-wrote, explaining to the crowd that his vocal was supposed to be the only one on the track. "I start freestyling to it. Jay thought of a couple of lines. I said, 'Just go ahead, throw that on there. [Drake will] be so surprised, he probably won't expect you to be on there.'"

The track initially came out with Jay Z and Kanye (aka The Throne), but West said that Drake later balked. "We sent it back to him and he was like, 'Oh shit, The Throne is on this shit.' Then Jay thought about it, and out of respect to Meek Mill he didn't want to be on the track," said Kanye. He added that he wanted to "let people have this song" with all three artists, "but then it went into some political shit, some shit about percentages about a song."

Kanye bears some of the blame for driving a wedge between Apple and Tidal, as he launched his Life of Pablo album as a Tidal exclusive. Lately, however, he's been calling the race for exclusives a"dick-swinging contest," and suggested a sit-down between the factions. Ideally Yeezy wants Apple to buy Tidal, but Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine recently said that's not going to happen.