Fans that feel sorry for the judge working the Lil Wayne and Birdman $51 million lawsuit might not have their facts straight about what triggered their beef in the first place.
Since his December 2014 announcement that he was leaving Cash Money Records over Tha Carter V, a lot of focus on the beef between Birdman and Lil Wayne erroneously insinuates that the issues are rooted in personal problems in the father/son relationship between Birdman and Lil Wayne.
In actuality, the $51 million lawsuit over Tha Carter V had to do with a fight over Birdman not understanding how the internet works and how online streaming music is connected to record labels.
Recently, Tha Carter V AKA C5 was allegedly threatened again by the questionable pharmaceutical company-owner Martin Shkreli — and Lil Wayne might be wondering if his Birdman curse was following him again.
According to Complex, Lil Wayne is threatening to sue Martin Shkreli for the opposite reason Birdman fumbled with the release of Tha Carter V. Namely, Lil Wayne wanted Birdman to release some of Tha Carter V on Google for free, and Birdman did not see the value in that arrangement.
Alternatively, since around May 2017, Martin Shkreli has been leaking Tha Carter V without Lil Wayne’s permission, and Lil Wayne posted on Instagram on May 9 that he will sue to stop Shkreli from releasing “snippets.”
This can be confusing to fans because it was rumored around April that Birdman stated he might finally be ready to release C5 around May 1. Allegedly, according to BET, Birdman changed his mind because of a couple of key incidents where Lil Wayne was dissing Birdman or Cash Money Records in public.
For example, it is claimed that Birdman changed his mind about the $51 million lawsuit negotiations after hearing Lil Wayne call out Roc Nation instead of Cash Money at a Flog Gnaw performance. In another public performance, Birdman also took offense at Lil Wayne giving a shout-out to Jay Z instead of Birdman in his song “I’m Me.”
However, when the original facts of the Lil Wayne and Birdman beef are re-examined, it is clear that Lil Wayne might have a reason to be upset at Birdman and cozy up on anyone that understands streaming online music — like Tidal owner, Jay Z.
According to Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, when Lil Wayne recorded Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne did not get paid because Birdman and Cash Money Records claimed they did not have the money. This was after Lil Wayne and Drake had a successful tour, and it was somewhat suspicious that Cash Money Records did not have any money.
Regardless, Lil Wayne had trust and told Birdman the lack of money was no big deal, and that he should go ahead and release Tha Carter V on Lil Wayne’s dollar.
According to an interview with Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, Birdman was apparently broke and needed to release something to start generating money for Cash Money Records, but oddly did not want to release Tha Carter V.
The reason for Cash Money Records stalling on releasing Tha Carter V, according to an October 2016 interview with Cortez Bryant, hinged on Birdman’s inability to understand how streaming music works. In particular, how a record label can make money from streaming music.
Other explanations by Cortez Bryant from the interview about the true genesis of the Birdman/Lil Wayne C5 beef, according to transcription by DJ Booth, include Birdman’s inability to understand the “full benefits of streaming” and how “big money could be made through non-traditional album sales and deals.”
In addition to not understanding how online streaming music works for record labels, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cash Money Records is also being sued by its other musicians for “falsifying accounting records.”
While no one knows if or when Tha Carter V will ever be released or if Birdman will finally give Lil Wayne the money he is owed, Lil Wayne is still fully engaged in his own career.
For example, Lil Wayne continues to tour clubs throughout America, and he is currently rumored to be taking on a Las Vegas DJ residency at Drai’s Nightclub, according to Billboard.
This might be a helpful change for Lil Wayne since he recently stormed off stage in Idaho. This is not the first time Lil Wayne has quit rapping in the middle of a performance in the past year, and this time he was not being ignored, but assaulted.
According to Idaho Statesman, Lil Wayne got mad and marched off stage after a fan threw a water bottle at him. Thankfully, for Lil Wayne’s Idaho fans, he had already been performing for 70 minutes before calling the show off early.
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