Jay-Z turns 50, releases entire back catalogue on Spotify

Happy Birthday Jay-Z!

Jay-Z is celebrating his 50th birthday by putting his entire discography back on Spotify. He famously pulled all his music off the platform back in 2017 ahead of the release of his album 4:44, due to owning the competing music streaming service Tidal.

Since that time, the only Jay-Z songs you could listen to on Spotify were his collaborations with Linkin Park and R. Kelly, who had a user operated mutable option added to his music library last year due to repeated sexual assault allegations.


As the birthday messages pour in for Jay-Z on social media, its good to see Hov give back to his fans on his big 5-0. To this day, Jay-Z has won 22 Grammys, 7 VMA Awards and sold over 100 million records from his 13 solo studio albums. He is also the first rapper to be inducted into the songwriters Hall Of Fame. 



The discography arrives just days after Spotify released their lists of most streamed artists and songs over the last year and decade, and one wonders how different those lists may have looked had Jay-Z's tracks stayed on the platform.


Jay-Z recently curated Prince's posthumous Originals collection - read more about that here.