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Jay-Z's Tidal Pulls Russell Simmons Podcast Episode After Accusers Speak Out

By Ryan Naumann

Jay-Z’s Tidal has pulled a podcast episode featuring Russell Simmons after his accusers started speaking out.

The Wrap broke the story, Tidal, along with Diddy’s Revolt TV, have dropped the episode of “Drink Champs” from streaming platforms. All social media posts referencing the episode have been deleted.

Earlier in the day, Tidal started promoting the podcast which is hosted by N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. On the episode, the hosts had a panel to discuss Black Lives Matter which included Marc Lamont Hill, Talib Kweli, Mysonne, Bun B, and Russell Simmons.

Russell’s accuser, activist Sil Abrams, called out Jay-Z and Diddy for providing a platform to the alleged rapist.

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She wrote, “The Breakfast Club airs on Puffy’s Revolt network. Tidal is owned by Jay Z. Both platforms have had Russell Simmons on talking about social justice issues despite the allegations of sexual violence and harassment he has engaged in for decades. All 3 men are Black music moguls.”

She continued, “There is absolutely an underground movement by powerful Black men in music to help Russell avoid accountability and whitewash his legacy.”

Sil added, "Jay Z and Puff won’t stand up for Russell via public statements but they are still rape apologists. By quietly giving him an unchallenged voice on their media platforms they make a huge statement: Black survivors of sexual violence are an irrelevant casualty of hip hop.”


Tidal is having a discussion on Black Lives Matter with Russell Simmons as one of the panelists. So just fuck Black women, huh?,” asked one person on Twitter.

Another wrote, “Russell Simmons literally fled the country after being accused of sexually assaulting Black women. & Was allowed to sit on a podcast to discuss BLM & of course nobody bothered to ask why Black women’s lives don’t matter to him...”

As The Blast previously reported, “The Breakfast Club” co-host Angela Yee recently defended Russell’s accusers after a controversial interview with the music mogul. Russell has denied all allegations of sexual assault.

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