Kanye West caught up with his former manager, Irving Azoff, last night … and the timing couldn’t possibly be any more interesting.
Kanye and wife Kim Kardashian attended a birthday dinner for Allison Statter, Irving Azoff’s daughter and Kardashian family friend, at the hottest restaurant in town, Craig’s.
West and Azoff go way back – the music mogul represented the rapper up until 2012 when the two parted ways.
Here’s why this birthday dinner is interesting: As you’ll recall, West ended his exclusive deal with Jay-Z‘s streaming service, Tidal, last summer. West reportedly left the company over millions of dollars he thinks Tidal owes him for 2016’s “Life of Pablo.”
Meanwhile, Azoff’s music rights management company, Global Music Rights, inked a major licensing deal with Facebook just a few days ago.
Kanye’s former manager has notoriously championed for artists rights — he’s slammed YouTube countless times for failing to properly pay musicians whose music is featured on the platform.
While it’s unclear if there was any business talk at the dinner table, the partnership seems like an obvious equation for success. Kanye wants a new music platform and more money; Azoff has a new music platform and wants his artists to make more money.
You do the math.