Instagram users who’ve been longing to add JAY-Z’s tracks to their story are in for some great news. The Brooklyn rapper’s discography is now available on Instagram Stories, and it’s all because of radio legend Angie Martinez. Journalist Brian “B. Dot” Miller revealed the news over the weekend in a spontaneous tweet.
“Fyi: we can use Jigga’s music on Instagram. Thank @angiemartinez for that,” B. Dot wrote. Unaware of how he learned the news, Angie responded and confirmed that she indeed played a part in the Instagram update. “haaa! not really sure how u knew that but, yeah, too many great IG stories to be had. you’re all welcome,” she wrote.
At one point in time, JAY’s catalog was not accessible on all streaming services. In 2017, Spotify, Google Play and Apple Music pulled his catalog off their platforms at his request. Hov’s records were exclusives on his own TIDAL streaming service for nearly two years until his 50th birthday when he decided to make his projects available once again. Users of all streaming platforms now have access to albums, including Watch the Throne, 4:44, Kingdom Come, The Black Album and The Blueprint, which celebrated its 20-year anniversary on Sept. 11.
The news of Hov’s discography becoming available on Instagram Stories comes days after Memphis Bleek argued that JAY has too many songs to compete against Nas in a Verzuz.
“There’s no comparison,” Bleek said. “Because Nas doesn’t have enough songs to compete. And it’s no disrespect to him, but he just don’t. JAY can battle somebody with just his B-Sides concert catalog, and it’ll still be better than people’s A-Sides.”
“It would have to be somebody like Big. That was his only competition that I’ve ever seen that he even felt that was competition,” he went on. “And he knew when they went and did ‘Brooklyn’s Finest.’ Like, JAY knew that I had to go in the studio with the best-best of me ever because I’m rhymin’ with one of the best from Brooklyn. I’m not gonna let this dude dog walk me on my own record.”
Look below to see the tweets from B. Dot and Angie Martinez.