For Halloween, Jay Z might have dressed up like a prince (Prince Akeem from Coming to America specifically while Beyoncé and Blue Ivy also adorably donned costumes for characters from the film) — he’s definitely more of a mogul IRL. Ever since the rapper acquired Tidal in January of 2015, he’s been growing the music streaming company steadily and it now boasts of over one million subscribers. And now, according to the latest news from Engadget, Tidal is going where no music streaming service has ever gone before (sorry, Spotify) by picking up two original TV shows. Watch out, Netflix.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Rapper Jay-Z performs onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)

The shows are season two of Money & Violence, originally a drama web series on YouTube by actor and director Moise Verneau that centers on the streets of New York, and No Small Talk, a series that profiles up-and-coming stars in the comedy world. Money & Violence was a self-funded hit on YouTube that accrued over 20 MILLION views during it’s first series, so its move to Tidal is guaranteed to bring viewers.

Clearly, HOVA has his sights set on conquering the entire multimedia world of entertainment by offering everything from music to exclusive music videos, like “Feelin’ Myself” by none other than his wife Bey and the inimitable Nicki Minaj, to now original TV shows.


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