If the reports of the current situation at Cash Money are accurate, Hip Hop probably has not seen a label break up on this level since Roc-A-Fella fell apart. The Roc’s collapse caused artists to choose between going with Dame Dash or Jay Z. It seems Lil Wayne wants to avoid that option. The New Orleans native wants his attempted split from CMB to guarantee all the members of the Young Money roster remain with him.
According to TMZ, Wayne’s pending lawsuit against Cash Money and its head Bryan “Birdman” Williams will include demands that YM artists Drake, Nicki Minaj, and others stay tied to Weezy. Part of the issue with that request is that all the Young Money performers have distribution deals with Cash Money, so the dispute seems to be headed to court.
Nicki Minaj spoke about the rift between Wayne and Birdman (aka Baby) during the media run to promote her latest album The Pinkprint. The Queens performer expressed her hope the matter would get settled, and she showed love to both of her bosses.
“I knew that there was something going on, but I didn’t know Wayne was so mad about that,” said Nicki. “I think that it may be some other stuff. They just need to figure it out.”
She also stated, “I know that Wayne and Baby love each other, and I know they’re gonna resolve anything that gotta be resolved. Shout out to Young Money. I am Young Money. I ride with Wayne on whatever. But Baby has played such a huge role in my mental stability.”