Lil Wayne has been very vocal about wanting to leave label Cash Money Records. Wayne has his own label Young Money Entertainment, an imprint of Cash Money. Young Money has a stronger roster with artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga. Wayne has said that he wants to take Drake and Minaj with him when he leaves Cash Money.
Drake’s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was supposed to be a free mixtape, but the album was officially released after Cash Money said no. Drake is ready to leave Cash Money, and the album counted towards Drake’s contractual album requirement.
In January Lil Wayne sued Cash Money, saying they hadn’t paid him the money they owed him for Young Money’s releases. He also says they didn’t pay him for delivering Tha Carter V, a studio album that Cash Money keeps delaying. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.
Earlier this week Cash Money founder Birdman and affiliated artist Young Thug were named in an indictment against a man who shot up Lil Wayne’s tour bus in April. The shooter Jimmy Winfrey (aka PeeWee Roscoe) is affiliated with Cash Money, and Young Thug had recently threatened Lil Wayne. The Associated Press says Winfrey called Birdman and Young Thug before and after the shooting, but they were not charged in this case.
Now Birdman is suing Jay Z for $50 million for streaming Lil Wayne’s music on TIDAL…
TIDAL exclusively released Free Weezy Album (FWA) in June, and Wayne is now a part owner of TIDAL. Wayne says he has the right to release music for free, but Cash Money and Birdman say he doesn’t. Cash Money describes this as “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service“.
Cash Money also says FWA received bad reviews and could hurt their label. But Cash Money is okay with the reviews that signed artists Paris Hilton and Austin Mahone get…