Kanye West: ‘No More CDs From Me’

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Kanye West’s tirade against the music industry continued on Monday morning, but it wasn’t directed at the Grammy Awards this time around.

The hip-hop artist took to Twitter to share some interesting news through another one of his notorious rants — he will no longer release music on CDs.

“I was thinking about not making CDs ever again. … Only streaming,” West tweeted before taking a more committed stance.

“The ‘Yeezus’ album packaging was an open casket to CDs R.I.P.,” he said. “No more CDs from me.”

The controversial artist will continue to make music, but fans will have to stream his future projects.

West released his latest album, “The Life of Pablo,” exclusively on Tidal, the streaming service rapper Jay Z acquired in March 2015. West has ownership in the company.

“My album will never never never be on Apple,” West said in a string of tweets last month. “It will never be for sale. You can only get it on Tidal.”

The rapper’s decision to offer his music only on Tidal was seen as a move to bring more subscribers to the streaming service. He asked “friends, fans and music lovers” to join the site, helping to boost the number of subscribers to more than 2 million.

West recently announced he will release another album this summer. Fans and the music industry will see if the rapper’s promise holds up.

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    1. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

      A buyout of Tidal was just rejected by Samsung because all it does is sell urban noise. Music has devolved a long way from Little Richard to Kanye West.

    2. Bill says:

      Better yet, don’t stream either. He has some showmanship talent, but he and his vile pig of a wife are too offensive to heard or seen.

    3. NonDiscriminatingTaste says:

      People hate him but won’t accept is a talented musician. There’s artist I hate but accept they are talented.
      The man has 21 grammies, his album has been well received
      People listen to one song or see his antics and write him off. Or they hate the whole genre of hip hop. Listen to a full album and make a educated criticism instead of blindly saying his music is trash

      • TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

        In a modern world where music has become noise and audio dung is art, 21 grammies equal 21 rolls of toilet paper.

    4. Dunstan says:

      This guy is so far off the rails, he doesn’t even know it. Kindly shut up and go away. Trust me; no one will miss you.

    5. Who cares !? His music SUCKS, and anybody that likes it is clueless.

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