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The legal war between Dwyane “Lil Wayne” Carter and Brian “Birdman” Williams took an appalling turn earlier this month when a 30-count indictment named Williams and artist Jeffery “Young Thug” Williams in a conspiracy to assassinate the “How To Love” rapper.
The indictment alleges that Jimmy Winfrey, who is facing charges for allegedly opening fire at Carter’s tour bus in Atlanta last April, is an associate of both Williams and the “Lifestyle” rapper. The indictment goes on to alleged that the controversial rapper and the music mogul were collectively involved in a plot to kill Carter. As previously reported, neither man has been charged in this alleged conspiracy.
In an exclusive interview with veteran radio personality Angie Martinez, the Cash Money Records founder broke his silence regarding the allegations and spoke on his deteriorating relationship with Carter, who he still refers to as his “son.” According to Williams, the claims are absurd.
“It’s like the craziest shit I ever heard in my life,” he told Martinez. “I’m passionate about my family, my kids and my life. Nothing means more to me. I was born without parents in a boarding house. My children mean the world to me. Ain’t no way in the world—you crazy if you think that. I ain’t tripping you tripping. Y’all tripping … I love him. That’s my son. I ain’t with none of that. I don’t play them games.”
The sit-down interview, which went on for hours, consisted of Williams mostly blaming the media for supposedly blowing up said drama between himself and Carter. He went on to boldly deny even the most obvious of facts relating to the $51 million lawsuit Wayne lodged against Cash Money Records earlier this year. According to Williams, the “Lollipop” rapper never expressed that he wanted to leave the company because had he done so, Williams would have allowed him to walk.
“What’s going on now, I don’t really know how it’s going to turn out. But I do know that that’s my son and I’m going to support whatever he do,” Williams told Martinez. “It ain’t going to take nothing away from how I live my life. I’m going to still support his life and I’m prepared to give anything for that. That’s my son. Whatever he gon’ do, I’m with it.”
When asked if he would be willing to let Carter go, the music mogul responded:
“I ain’t going to let him go, but if he wants to go, I’m going to respect it.”
Of course, you’re probably a little confused at this point, just as Martinez was, considering that a major component of the lawsuit is Carter wanting to leave Cash Money.
“Can he go? Because contractually he can’t go. Isn’t that what the lawsuit and everything is about?” Martinez questions.
“If he say he wants to go, I’m not going to stand in his way,” said Williams. “That’s my son. I can fight it if I choose to. But if he tells me, ‘Pops, it’s time to move on.’ … I haven’t heard it from his mouth.”
He remains hopeful that he and Carter will be able to reach some sort of settlement behind the scenes. As for Carter’s Young Money Cash Money artists Nicki Minaj and Drake, who are also under contract with Cash Money Records, Williams had this to say:
“Nicki and Drake ain’t going nowhere, regardless.”
Bryan “Birdman” Williams has made another power move in his legal feud with ex-friend and business partner Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter.
According to TMZ, the Cash Money Records founder filed a lawsuit against Tidal for streaming music from Carter’s new album, FWA.
In the suit, the record executive argues that Cash Money Records has exclusive rights to Carter’s music and that Tidal’s decision to stream the project is “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.”
Tidal, however, has claimed that Cash Money does not have exclusive rights to Carter, adding that he specifically gave them the right to stream the music in exchange for partial ownership of the music service.
Interestingly, Cash Money has countered that argument by stating that Carter doesn’t legally have the right to license his music to anyone without the record company’s approval.
In other Birdman news, according to WSBTV, a recent indictment alleges that Williams and Cash Money recording artist Jeffrey “Young Thug” played a role in a conspiracy to kill Carter. In April, shots were fired at Carter’s tour bus and suspect Jimmy Winfrey, who is said to be an associate of the “Lifestyle” rapper, was arrested in connection to the crime. The indictment claims that Williams’ new protege threatened to take Carter’s life, and Winfrey attempted to carry out that threat.
Lil Wayne used his time on stage at Oakland’s KMEL Summer Jam to announce that he has signed a deal with “his idol” Jay Z and Roc Nation. According to The Fader, it’s unclear whether he’s signed with them under a management basis or whether there will be new music coming. But Weezy has had some very public disputes with Cash Money Records, going so far as to sue the label for $51 million and saying outright that he wanted out. So whatever the deal, he sounds happy about it.
The Fader notes that Lil Wayne has joined Tidal, putting out a single through the service.
Whatever the deal, fans are certainly eager for any new music that Wayne is ready to serve up. A clip of his Summer Jam announcement above.
Lil Wayne’s tour bus was shot early this morning in Atlanta.
Reportedly, the rapper’s bus was shot at around 3:30 AM after leaving a performance at Compound Nightclub. The shooting took place after Lil Wayne’s two tour buses pulled away from the venue.
In addition to Lil Wayne, several Young Money artists and executives were also aboard the bus. However, no one was injured. According to TMZ, after the bus left the venue, it drove straight to a local hotel and the police were called. Officers are currently investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.
This story is still developing…
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Lil Wayne just made a creative marketing move. The rapper and marijuana legalization advocate teamed up with a popular “weed finding” app called Weedmaps to release a new single, “Hollyweezy,” from his mixtape “Sorry for the Wait 2.” Wayne released the track’s video yesterday on that site, reports TMZ.
Weedmaps is an app that locates nearby medical marijuana dispensaries.
According to a press release, the Grammy Award winning rapper, who is still involved in a nasty court battle with his label, Cash Money, and Birdman, showed the video on Weedmaps.com for 4 hours and 20 minutes before releasing it worldwide. The kickoff time was 4:20 pm EST on April 20th.
Weedmaps’ CEO Justin Hartfield said, “Weedmaps is proud to partner with a legendary rapper like Lil Wayne. Throughout his career, Lil Wayne has been a champion of marijuana culture. Not only does Lil Wayne freely admit marijuana helps his creative process, he is also a longtime advocate of marijuana legalization.”
Weedmaps was founded in 2007 and currently has more than 750,000 registered users.
Hip hop is busy establishing relationships with a variety of companies in the marijuana industry. Snoop Lion just invested in a marijuana delivery company called Eaze.
During an interview with radio personality Big Boy, Christina Milian not only admitted to dating Lil Wayne publicly for the first time, but she also let the world know that she loves that man.
While chatting with Big Boy, he asked her about the nature of her relationship with the rapper. This is something Milian has played pretty coy about in the past, but this time around, she was much more comfortable being open.
When asked what a regular date with Weezy is like, she said they don’t do all of that.
“We don’t really…okay. So with us, with Wayne, he’s not a public kind of guy. He’s not a public figure. If you look at his Twitter, he tweets every now and then. He just started an Instagram. You really don’t see him out much. He’s really like studio, skate park, eat. Studio, skate park, eat.”
Milian said that when he does those things, she’s by his side. But when a personality present for the chat asked her, “Why you so fine? Why you with him?” she revealed that it’s because she’s in love.
“You better stop! Because…he’s the sweetest. I love him. Oh, shoot! Oh my God!” The singer knew she spoke a little too soon, but continued. “I do. I do love him. He’s great.”
From there, Big Boy asked if the ring on Milian’s finger, spotted during their conversation, was an engagement ring of sorts. She replied saying, “This is not an engagement ring. It’s just a sweet little gift. Just a nice gesture.”
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Karrine Steffans did an interview with Vlad TV earlier this week, too, and she said that she also loves him and always will. She has a tattoo for that man (“It’s the number 56…it’s just something that’s ours.”), and she has laid in the bed with her husband in the past and openly got up to leave and be with the rapper for days. She knew it. He knew it.
“Wayne has been around since before my first husband. So he’s always been part of my relationships. When I get into a relationship, he’s the only thing they ask about because they know: ‘What about Wayne?’ ‘Will you stop seeing Wayne?’ I hear it. I’ve heard it. The answer is always ‘no.’ You either get over it or you leave. Those are your options, because I’m not getting rid of him. Again, I’ve never hidden him. Wayne will call the house at 3 and 4 o’ clock in the morning and I will answer. If he says, ‘I’m at the skate park,’ or I’m here, I will get up, and I will go. That’s what’s going to happen and you have to be okay with that. And it has happened. I’d be gone for days.
When you enter into a relationship with me, that comes with it. And you have the option to not enter into the relationship. You always have that choice. You can always say, ‘This is too much for me, I can’t. This is crazy!’ But that’s not what people say. People say, ‘That’s not a big deal. I can deal with that.’ I don’t know why people would even think they could deal with that. Why would you? I wouldn’t deal with that! I would never have put up with this! You’re stupid for putting up with this! But what I find out is that men want to be associated with greater men. So, if you have the woman Wayne has, then maybe you’re as good as Wayne. You soon find out that you’re not, because you can’t f**king take it. And when he calls my phone, he has a ringtone. You know it’s him because it’s his voice rapping or singing about me and that’s the tone. A it goes off at 4 o’ clock in the morning and I jump up get dressed and I leave? You stop being able to take it after a while. And so, at first everyone’s always cool with it, and then they ask me to stop seeing him. It always happens. I wait for it to happen. And the answer will always be ‘no.’
My relationship with Wayne has always worked because I don’t want what other people want. I don’t want anything. Don’t pay for any of my sh*t. Don’t do anything for me. I don’t want you. I don’t want your children. I don’t want your rings. Everybody gets a baby. Everybody gets a ring: “You get a ring! You get a baby! You get a ring! You get a baby!” He’s been engaged three times since I’ve known him…When a man takes care of or does things and he knows that you rely on him, it changes the dynamic of the relationship. I never wanted my dynamic with Wayne to change. I didn’t want him to see me that way. I didn’t want him to talk to me the way he talks to other people he takes care of. I didn’t want him to treat me the way he treats other people. I didn’t want to be a minion. I didn’t want to be on payroll. I don’t want any of those things. I want you to be with me and for me to be with you because we want to be here. Not because you paid me to be here and because I’m depending on you and you’re depending on me. I just never wanted to muddy that relationship.”
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