It was around this time last year when Jay Z's seminal debut album Reasonable Doubt was pulled from Spotify. Now, the same scenario has taken place with the Roc Nation mogul's Blueprint album trilogy.
The entire Blueprint series, from Jigga's 2001 classic to 2009's hit-laden threequel, has been officially wiped off of Spotify. Pitchfork initially reported on the move, which is reflected on Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
The albums Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint happen to be the first two albums ranked on Jay's personal favorite list, which was dubbed "The Scoreboard" on his Life + Times site a few years ago. The former was ranked at No. 1, while The Blueprint sat right below. Blueprint 2 and 3 were placed at No 8 and 11, respectively.
Considering the significant popularity (and history) behind RD and BP, the departure from Spotify to TIDAL is definitely a big power move. Chances are that other releases like The Black Album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, and others can soon follow suit.
In a statement to Pitchfork, a spokesperson for Spotify said the following: "Jay Z's 'Blueprint' albums have not been available on any streaming service except Tidal for a few months now. We hope he brings them back soon so that his millions of fans on Spotify can enjoy them again."
Roc Nation, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon have yet to issue a statement.