Drake may be still be reveling in the success of his fourth studio album, Views, which recently garnered a record-breaking thirteen American Music Award nominations for the “One Dance” rapper, but is Drake already gearing up for the release of a second or third album for 2016? According to Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, it appears that the new album release rumors for Drake may have been misinterpreted by comments made during a recent podcast interview concerning the status of Lil Wayne’s lawsuit against Cash Money Records.
Rumors of a second or third new album release for Drake began on Friday after Cortez Bryant sat down for an interview with Rap Radar to discuss the status of Lil Wayne’s lawsuit against record label, Cash Money, before explaining that Lil Wayne has yet to be properly compensated for the release of new material from Young Money signees such as Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Speaking on how the Cash Money lawsuit has prevented Lil Wayne from releasing his highly anticipated album, Tha Carter V, Bryant begins by explaining that while both he and Wayne have been “diplomatic” in negotiating the terms of his contract with the label’s executive, Birdman, “conversations” regarding the release of Wayne from his contract have been unsuccessful thus far.
“We’ve been diplomatic about the approach for a long time. I didn’t want to…we wanted to get it done,” Bryant explains of the negotiations between Lil Wayne and Birdman. “The goal is to get Wayne’s music out the proper way. I’ve been over-diplomatic in talks and conversations, but those conversations haven’t gone anywhere. We had great talks, it seemed like things were gonna be good, but things always go left,” Cortez Bryant continues. “There’s going to be vindication one day, it’s just about that day coming.”
In addition to the impact that the Cash Money lawsuit has had on Lil Wayne’s ability to release his own music to fans, Bryant also notes that there is “plenty of money” owed to the rapper in regard to the success of Wayne’s Young Money signees since filing the lawsuit last year.
“Oh, there’s plenty of money [owed]. The most important thing for Lil Wayne is having his music out the correct way. That’s what he cares about, he cares about his fans…the people that built him,” Bryant reveals, noting that Wayne feels his fans have been “neglected” as a result of Birdman’s withholding of Tha Carter V under the terms of their current contract. Similarly, when discussing the financial implications of Lil Wayne’s lawsuit against Cash Money, Bryant explains that there’s “a whole lot of money” involved in Wayne’s attempt to sever ties with the record label.
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) October 14, 2016
“It’s probably more than that,” Bryant begins when asked about the reported $51 million lawsuit that Wayne filed against Cash Money in January 2015. In the lawsuit, Wayne not only claims that Birdman violated the terms of his contract by withholding his Tha Carter V album but also details the rapper’s plans to end his contract with Cash Money and take all of his Young Money signees, including Drake and Nicki Minaj, with him following the conclusion of the suit, Complex reports.
“That number and more, it’s probably more than that now. With Drake albums coming out this year,” Bryant continues, “2 or 3 Drake albums coming out this year, it’s more than that. That pot’s big.” Similarly, when asked if Wayne had been properly compensated for the “successes” of his Young Money signees since filing the lawsuit, Cortez Bryant admits that the rapper has not “at all” received any form of compensation from Cash Money. Following the news of Bryant’s interview, The Fader published a report in which they noted that Drake’s Views album wouldn’t be the only record that the rapper would release in 2016, having seemingly interpreted Bryan’s comment about the “2 or 3” Drake records to mean that more new music was on the way from the “Too Good” artist. However, once rumors of a second or third album release from Drake prior to the conclusion of 2016 began to garner attention on social media, Cortez Bryant took to Twitter to set the record straight regarding the statements made during his interview.
I said Wayne is owed more money because Drake has put out 2 or 3 projects since we filed the lawsuit @thefader
— Cortez Bryant (@CortezBryant) October 14, 2016
“I said Wayne is owed more money because Drake has put out 2 or 3 projects since we filed the lawsuit @thefader,” Bryant explained on Twitter shortly after rumors began to emerge on social media. While fans were quick to express their displeasure over Bryant’s misinterpreted statement, especially given looming rumors of a joint album release from Kanye West and Drake in the near future, other fans sought to gush over Bryant’s statement that Wayne had plans to release Tha Carter V for free prior to filing his lawsuit against Cash Money.
As for Drake, the rapper has been rumored to have impending collaborations with Wizkid and Gucci Mane on the way, although Drake has yet to personally confirm the rumors via an interview or in a social media post. Drake also recently revealed that he was forced to postpone the remaining tour dates on his current Summer Sixteen tour due to an ankle injury, delivering the unfortunate news via a blog post on October’s Very Own last week.
What do you think of Cortez Bryant’s comment about Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V and the success of Drake’s most recent releases?
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