Kanye West, also known as Ye has taken a huge bet on himself and turned Down a $100m offer to release Donda 2 on Apple Music.
Kanye West said that Donda 2 would only be available through his proprietary $200 Stem Player device, and wouldn’t feature on any streaming platforms. Now, West has gone on to reveal he turned down a $100M streaming deal with Apple Music, stating that “no one can pay me to be disrespected“:
Ye just turned down a $100m offer to release his new album, Donda 2, on Apple.
Donda 2 will only be available on his own product, @stemplayer. It just surpassed $1m in sales.
5 reasons this is worth paying attention to:
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As regards the said disrespect, no one can exactly say what had happened, however Kanye was quoted at some point to have said;
“THAT’S JUST A SMOKESCREEN, AND IT’S FOR US TO TAKE THIS. WE ON LABELS WE DON’T OWN, PLAY FOR BASKETBALL TEAMS WE DON’T OWN. THE TIME IS NOW. I GOT OFFERED $100 MILLION BY LARRY JACKSON TO PUT DONDA ON APPLE, BUT I AIN’T NEVER GOT A MEETING WITH TIM COOK. SO IT AIN’T ABOUT THE MONEY, IT’S ABOUT OUR POWER AND OUT RESPECT COLLECTIVELY. SO I BE SAYING STUFF THAT PEOPLE TRY TO REMIND ME IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH THAT PEOPLE GOT KILLED FOR. BUT THIS IS BLACK FUTURE MONTH,”.
In a Statement issued about Donda 2 and the stem player, Using all Caps, Kanye reiterated:
YE PASSES $100 MILLION DEAL WITH APPLE TO RELEASE DONDA 2 ON STEM PLAYER
YE TAKES FULL OWNERSHIP OF HIS MUSIC WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF DONDA 2 RELEASING EXCLUSIVELY ON HIS NEWEST STREAMING DEVICE, STEM PLAYER ON 2.22.22
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RELEASE OF THE DONDA 2, YE IS COMBINING MUSIC, ART, AND FASHION THROUGH HIS DONDA 2 PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE AND YEEZY GAP COLLABORATION ENGINEERED BY BALENCIAGA
STEM PLAYER IS YE’S NEWEST AUDIO STREAMING DEVICE THAT HAS NETTED MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN REVENUE SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
STEM PLAYER ALLOWS USERS TO CUSTOMIZE ANY SONG AND FEATURES VOCAL CONTROLS, BEAT SAMPLES, REAL-TIME LOOP AND SPEED CONTROL, THE ABILITY TO SAVE, PLAYBACK, AND DOWNLOAD MIXES AND MUCH MORE
THE DONDA 2 PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN MIAMI, FL AT THE LOANDEPOT PARK WITH PERFORMANCES BY ADDITIONAL SPECIAL GUESTS ON