The situation started when Tidal promoted an episode of the podcast Drink Champs, which is hosted by N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. In the episode, the hosts were joined by Marc Lamont Hill, Talib Kweli, Mysonne, Bun B, and Russell Simmons. The group discussed the topic of Black Lives Matter.
Many on social media expressed their frustration and anger over Russell Simmons being allowed to appear on Jay-Z’s Tidal despite the numerous sexual assault accusations against him.
One of the women who accused Russell of assault was Sil Lai Abrams. She is one of the women featured in the HBOMax documentary On The Record, which focuses on Russell’s alleged victims.