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Kanye Claims Streaming is Equivalent to Piracy; Plans to Sell ‘Vultures 2’ for $20 on His Website

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Kanye West attends the Givenchy Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 02, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

*Kanye West plans to release “Vultures 2” for $20 on his website after claiming streaming is a new form of piracy.

“Was talking with the team about how to release the next album. Like James Blake said streaming devalues our music. We sell albums on Yeezy.com,” Kanye said during a conversation with the YEFANATICS fan page on Instagram, Complex reports.  “I got 20 million Instagram followers. When five percent of my followers buy an album. That’s one million albums sold That’s 300K more than the biggest album last year.”

He added, “We sold 1 million items on Yeezy.com on Super Bowl Sunday so we know it’s possible. How do you feel about us not streaming and only selling the album digitally.”

In a separate post, Ye said, “It would be nice for our community to support the albums” via his website because “Streaming is basically pirating,” the rapper added. 

“Vultures 2,” West’s collaborative album with Ty Dolla Sign, was supposed to drop Friday but was delayed. According to Yeezy, it will be sold on Yeezy.com for $20. 

Ye and Ty recently premiered songs from the album during a listening event in Los Angeles, according to Complex. They also shared the “Vultures 2″ album cover on social media, which features a masked Ty Dolla Sign holding a framed photo of his brother Jabreal Muhammad.

Jabreal is serving a life sentence for a murder that he and Ty insist he didn’t commit, Vice reports.

READ MORE: Kanye West Slams Adidas for Selling ‘Fake Yeezys’ | Watch

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