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Tidal releasing TALES scripted series from Irv Gotti

Episodes of the hour-long hip-hop show will stream on Jay Z's music service following BET premieres

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Former collaborators Irv Gotti and Jay Z are teaming up once again for the release of a new scripted series, TALES, set to stream edited episodes exclusively on the rapper’s Tidal music service.

Gotti will executive produce the hour-long show, which is described as a “ ‘song series’ weaving classic hip-hop songs into 3-act narratives.” Tidal will air director’s cut versions of TALES episodes after they first premiere on the BET network. Tidal subscribers can stream the episodes on web browsers or on Tidal’s mobile app.

As a music producer, Gotti previously worked with Jay Z on songs like “Can I Live” and “Can I Get A…” Throughout the early 2000s, Gotti also produced tracks for Ja Rule, Ashanti, Eve, and Jennifer Lopez.

Following a rough launch in early 2015, Tidal has increased its subscription numbers in recent months thanks to its involvement in releases by artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Kanye West, whose The Life of Pablo became the first album to debut atop the Billboard 200 with a majority of its equivalent album units attributed to streaming. 

A premiere date for TALES has yet to be announced, though production is set to begin soon. BET will present the series during their April 20 upfronts, where further details will be released.