Vince Staples was a performer during Spotify’s SXSW yesterday, where he used his set to send shots at the streaming service that put him on the stage:
Shoutout to Spotify. Thank you for giving me this check to make up for what you’ve done to me and all my musical friends…listen to your favorite album 1,000, 2,000 times so everybody can get an album sale.
Obviously, he’s referring to the fact that that Spotify only pays artists “a quarter of a penny” for each song that’s streamed, a noticeable hit since legitimate album sales (as in actually buying the album and not saving it via Spotify or Apple Music) continues to decrease.
Hopefully, we’ll get some video footage of what went down soon.