As tributes and well wishes have continued to pour in from across the world in celebration of one of hip-hop’s most venerable MCs, fans were doubly blessed to wake up Wednesday morning (Dec. 4) to the news that Jay-Z’s entire catalog is back on Spotify just in time for his 50th birthday.
The streaming giant rung in the milestone in style, revealing the big news at the strike of midnight via Twitter and to the surprise of many around the world.
“Happy birthday, Hov. Welcome back to Spotify,” the streaming platform greeted Hov in a birthday message on Twitter. Alongside the announcement, they published a highlight reel of the album covers from some of his most cherished bodies of work soundtracked to “Public Service Announcement.”
This is the first time in two years that Jigga’s discography has been available in its entirety on the streaming service. Back in 2017, the hip-hop magnate pulled a vast majority of his catalog (mostly his solo work) from both Spotify and Apple Music to make his music available exclusively on his own subscription-based streaming service, TIDAL.
At the time, Spotify had said the removal was done “at the request of the artist” in a statement provided to The Verge. Most recently, observant fans noticed that his Blueprint musical trilogy had suddenly reappeared back on Apple Music at the top of this year, according to Fader.
As such, fans are over the moon and are rushing to Spotify to stream his classics on this big day in hip-hop. It’s not clear how long Jay’s music will be available on the platform, so fans are soaking up the moment.
“Jay-Z is back on Spotify. This is not a drill,” one fan issued on Twitter.
“Hov finally on Spotify lets gooo,” another person commented.
Let us know what your favorite cuts from Jay are!
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