Cash Money Records is suing Jay Z‘s Tidal service, citing the company has unlawfully licensed Lil Wayne’s Free Weezy Album for their streaming service. Despite his lawsuit against Cash Money, Wayne is still an artist on the record label. The label’s $50 million lawsuit against Tidal claims that the company’s decision to stream the Free Weezy Album is a “desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.” On the contrary, Tidal stated that Lil Wayne’s contract with the label is not exclusive. The company also claims that Wayne signed over the rights to the project to Tidal. According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Cash Money has boldly stated that Wayne does not have the power to license his music. The Free Weezy Album was released exclusively through Tidal on July 4th. Wayne has also joined the music and video streaming service as a co-owner.
Cash Money Records’ CEO Bryan “Birdman” and Lil Wayne were also in the news regarding a shooting incident back in April of this year. A suspect has been arrested in the shooting, but according to reports, Williams and Young Thug (Cash Money artist) have been named in the indictment. The suspect, Jimmy Winfrey, allegedly made a phone call to Young Thug prior to shooting multiple shots at Wayne’s tour bus. The reported indictment also states that Winfrey made a phone call to Williams, after firing the shots. Authorities were able to obtain the phone records because Winfrey placed the calls on his cell phone. No charges have been filed against Williams or Young Thug- for now, the two are just listed in the indictment.
Earlier this year, Wayne filed a lawsuit against Cash Money Records for over $50 million. The lawsuit claims the label owes him millions of dollars, and the rapper also claims Cash Money is holding his album Tha Carter V hostage. The project was completed a while ago, but Cash Money refuses to release it. Wayne has been an artist on Cash Money for his entire music career, but he is trying to get his contract terminated. The rapper dropped his first studio project with the New Orleans label in 1999- the album was entitled Tha Block Is Hot.