While fans continue to relish in 4:44, a select few have had to endure criticism sent their way by Jay-Z. L. Londell McMillan, Prince’s former legal adviser, has responded to accusations of being money hungry.
On “Caught Their Eyes” Hov takes shots at the noted attorney for putting financials first when it comes to representing late musician’s estate: “I sat down with Prince, eye to eye / He told me his wishes before he died / Now, Londell McMillan, he must be color blind / They only see green from them purple eyes.”
McMillan recently responded directly via Twitter insisting that housing Prince’s music exclusively via Tidal was never a wish of The Purple One stating “Anyone who really KNOWS #Prince knows he was only exclusive to God & his music. Never exclusive to one company… Shout out to #Peer2Peer“.
While this sounds good in theory it should be noted Prince granted Tidal exclusive streaming rights for his last album HITNRUN in 2015 stating “Tidal is sinking money into it and they need it. And my heart is always on because I want them to do well. [Beyoncé and Jay Z] have taken a lot of abuse, their family has. A historic amount of abuse between the two of ‘em. And when we win on this, none of us’ll gloat.”
In 2016 Jay made a reported $40 million dollar bid on a bevy of unreleased Prince but was denied by the estate. Soon after Tidal was sued for copyright infringement for “illegal streaming”. McMillan also discussed the track specifically and voiced that preserving the legacy is what is most important.
Yes, I heard the track! Not focusing on a diss track now. Focused on not letting WBR control masters. I do like the beat. #Emancipation2
— L Londell McMillan (@LondellMcMillan) June 30, 2017
Let's Face It, many are trying & have tried to control #Prince's music & legacy & we are defending against it. Not naming names now b/c NDA
— L Londell McMillan (@LondellMcMillan) July 2, 2017
McMillan did not respond to Jay’s jabs regarding stooping down to selling Paisley Park tours (“You greedy bastards sold tickets to walk through his house / I’m surprised you ain’t auction off the casket”). Last week Kanye West reportedly left Tidal claiming the streaming service owes him millions for subscribers that ushered with the release of The Life of Pablo.