The Lil Wayne and Birdman feud has dragged on for two years now, with Weezy being the first to publicly come out about their disagreement over the release of the Carter V album. Birdman was apparently blocking its release, which angered the “No Worries” rapper. A livid Lil Wayne uttered the following statement in relation to the situation.
“I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy. I am a prisoner and so is my creativity.”
He also told his fans that the album was not going to be released.
This was via a post on Twitter, which read, “To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won’t and hasn’t been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it.”
Later on, the feud escalated into a physical confrontation in July of last year when Birdman apparently dumped a drink on Tunechi’s face. The incident happened while Wayne was onstage at a concert in Miami’s Club LIV. A drink was supposedly hurled from the VIP section where Birdman was. The following is an excerpt of the report from TMZ.
“Sources inside the club tell TMZ… Birdman did it. Also, we’re told Wayne was doing his song, CoCo — which is basically a diss track against Birdman and Cash Money.
“Seems crazy they’d show up in the same club –considering their legal feud — but both came out for a Jim Jones party… Wayne’s crew didn’t retaliate — but it’s clear. The gloves are off.”
Presently, there is an ongoing case filed by Lil Wayne against Birdman in which the former is suing the latter for some $51 million. Apparently, the delayed release of the Carter V caused Lil Wayne to lose tens of millions of dollars. According to a report by HotNewHipHop, Lil Wayne was supposed to receive an advance of eight million dollars when he began working on the Carter V album and another two million dollars after he completed it.
In addition, there were outstanding royalties not paid to him by Birdman as a partner in Young Money, a subsidiary of Cash Money Records. Weezy’s lawsuit seeks to make him joint copyright holder of Young Money.
Presently, Lil Wayne is seeking documents from Birdman’s legal team showing how he blew through $70 million, which he and Birdman were supposed to share as Cash Money/Young Money partners. It is alleged that Lil Wayne did not receive his fair share. Birdman admits to using the money for marketing, royalties, and recording expenses, but Lil Wayne wants to see the receipts.
Lil Wayne had previously simultaneously filed lawsuits against Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group but was told by the judge in a California federal district court to first of all resolve his lawsuit with Birdman and his music label before proceeding. The following is a report on the rapper’s lawsuit against Universal Media Group.
“The rapper’s suit against UMG, which has been Cash Money’s distributor since a landmark 1998 distribution deal brought the regional rap label to mainstream prominence, alleges that the major has been redirecting royalties due to Wayne in order to pay back its own $100 million advance to Cash Money, of which $60 million is un-recouped, according to court documents.”
This is as reported by Billboard. It remains to be seen as to whether Lil Wayne will make any progress in the long term. Just a few weeks ago, he posted the following message on Twitter, expressing his frustration with the whole situation.
“I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun.”
Appearing on the Undisputed show, Lil Wayne explained to hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless that he had reached a tipping point and posted the tweet just after an argument related to his legal wrangles with Birdman.
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