Tyler, The Creator has plenty of reason to stunt of late with his fourth studio album, Scum F*ck Flower Boy enjoying a series of accolades. The rapper and producer hoped that the love for the album would translate into a #1 spot, but T is accusing Meek Mill and TIDAL of shifting the tide in favor of the MMG artist.
In a series of now deleted tweets, Tyler took shots at Meek’s TIDAL-exclusive July 25 release of his latest album, Wins & Losses, blasting the streaming service for counting free streams towards album sales and boosting its chart position. TIDAL has faced criticism from the industry for this tactic and has been accused of inflating the numbers for artists who stream albums free of subscription charges.
Jockeying for the top spot between Meek and Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life, which was released the same day as SFFB (July 21), the Odd Future figurehead took straight aim at TIDAL.
“DAMN TIDAL GOT ALBUMS PLAYING BEFORE A PAYWALL WHICH MAKES ME THINK N*GGAS CAN HAVE BOTS SPIKING UP PLAYS FOR BILLBOARD ON FRIDAY HMM,” Tyler quipped.
He added, “IM PETTY I WANT THAT TOP SPOT HAHAHA I WANT IT SO BAD MAN” and finished his thought in a still-live tweet writing, “F*CK I NEED THAT TOP SPOT.”
Tyler’s beef could be somewhat legit, considering that streams now count towards album sales. HitsDailyDouble singled out that potential in a Thursday post writing that Billboard allowing the streams to count towards sales is, “the most naked example of chart manipulation in recent memory.”
That said, Tyler, The Creator should be pretty stoked that his album will most certainly move physical and virtual units in droves as the months roll on.