Daddy Issues: Lil’ Wayne All Set To Sue Birdman After Unsuccessful Settlement
Remember when Lil’ Wayne was airing all of his dirty laundry on Twitter regarding drama in the Cash Money family? Well according to TMZ.com, the family is still feuding since settlement talks have broken down and Tha Carter rapper is now suing his mentor, Birdman claiming among other things that he owes him $8 million.
Lil’ Wayne took the co-founder of Cash Money Records to court earlier this week in an effort to remove himself from under Cash Money control. The withholding of his most recent studio effort, Tha Carter V, seems to be what initiated the whole dispute. The $8 million is allegedly an advance that Lil’ Wayne was supposed to receive for the album that Birdman insists will be released “in due time”.
Wayne further details his frustration with the label on his Sorry For The Wait 2 mixtape which was released last week:
“The garden’s full of snakes, so I had to escape.”
“All I got is Young Money, no more Cash.”
Fans may be familiar with this routine, since he released the original Sorry For The Wait when the release of Tha Carter IV was postponed in 2011. Lil’ Wayne wouldn’t be the first artist to have a financial disagreement with the man he once referred to as his surrogate father. B.G., Juvenile and Mannie Fresh all departed the label after questioning their financial arrangements. Juvenile re-signed with Cash Money almost ten years later, but Lil’ Wayne remains the artist with the longest tenure at the label besides Birdman himself.
Lil’ Wayne says he will continue to release music outside of the label. Label executives haven’t commented publicly on the disputes, but Lil’ Wayne has been quite vocal about the breakdown during live performances, through social media and of course on Sorry For The Wait 2 in which he appears to remind Birdman that the success of the label is all due to his work:
“Who kept this (expletive) together? Me, that’s who. Who was there when (expletive) left us? Me, that’s who.”
Is this the end of an era?