News in Lil Wayne's life for most of the month leading up to his birthday on September 27 was fairly depressing, and his latest moves to release a new clothing line might be a sign he will not retire completely.
Instead, Lil Wayne might be moving out of the music industry that essentially robbed him and into a finance-saving business direction.
On September 30, at the end of the 2016 Fashion Month, Lil Wayne dropped a new collection from his Trukfit line. The website featured several artfully designed accessories and clothing for men and women.
One T-shirt is described as looking like a "ransom note from Lichtenstein" and another limited edition T-shirt is captioned with "inspired by the layers revealed by peeling old billboards."
Regardless, one of the reasons Lil Wayne might be shifting his energy to less touring and music industry beefing is because of his family.
BET reports that his daughter, Reginae Carter, sent a special birthday message to her father in the form of an Instagram post captioned with "I can tell him anything without being judged! Thank you for always loving me."
Family is a recurring theme in Lil Wayne's retirement plan ideas, and on September 14, The Atlantic recently quoted Lil Wayne stating the following.
"I don't want to be bashed… [listed the names of his kids] That's my nation. That's my flag. That's my world. That's my protest. That's my don't protest. That's all that matters: those four kids to me."Sadly, despite working overtime for his family, there are speculations that Birdman might have sunk Lil Wayne after all, and retirement from the music industry could be a financial way out for Lil Wayne.
In addition to spending $70 million that was supposed to be partially funneled to Lil Wayne, Birdman is stalling with court papers that Lil Wayne needs to get his $51 million, according to a mid-September report from TMZ.
On top of this, Lil Wayne is losing money in other lawsuits because Birdman did not pay him.
For example, on Lil Wayne's birthday, it was reported that David Banner would be getting $164,303 because he was stiffed by Young Money Records.
Lil Wayne has claimed in the past that Young Money Records has cash flow issues because of Birdman hoarding the funding for the company.
MTV clarified that Young Money/Lil Wayne is under the umbrella of Cash Money Records/Birdman, and stated the following about Lil Wayne's lawsuit against Birdman.
"Basically, because Lil Wayne says Cash Money has not paid him, he should no longer have to fulfill his contract to them. And the same goes for their ownership stake in Young Money.... Cash Money owes him royalties for his own music and Young Money artists."Perhaps for all of these reasons, Morwenna Ferrier, a Lil Wayne biographer, wrote in the Guardian on September 30 that if Lil Wayne was thinking about retiring, perhaps he should because his music career peaked in 2008, anyway.
Morwenna Ferrier argued that Lil Wayne changed after he was in prison, and started to fade as a rapper because he was skateboarding, working with rock music, and basically losing relevance in music.
Ferrier also said Lil Wayne's days were over because "popular rap has morphed into something else, hung with emotion and responsibility, less macho and more in touch with the current mood, a mood which doesn't quite chime with what Lil Wayne represents."
While Lil Wayne might be getting tired of the music industry and touring, he is interesting in having a business empire -- and clothing is just one aspect. In recent years, Lil Wayne has had several investments, such as his own line of shoes, Bogey Cigars, and a major stake in TIDAL with Jay Z.
Lil Wayne also has a side business called Young Money Sports, and there may be skateboarding representation when the sport is featured in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics, according to Daily Mail.One other income stream that Lil Wayne has been working on is part of the story of his life. To be released on October 11, Gone Til November will be published by Penguin Books and is available for pre-order, according to Lil Wayne HQ.
Lil Wayne also recently released "Lil Tommy" emoji stickers that bear his likeness to promote Trukfit. Lil Wayne's newly announced performance will be at the Donald Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Florida, on October 28.
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