Lil Wayne’s issues with his label Cash Money have been playing out in the public for two months. Ever since the New Orleans native expressed his desire to leave the company in December, several individuals such as Pusha T, Suge Knight, and Turk have given their opinion on the matter.
The latest observer to weigh in on the situation is former Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh. The board master for hit records like “Tha Block Is Hot” and “Go D.J.” believes Wayne is being creatively stifled by the label. According to Fresh, Weezy wanting to branch out musically from the YMCMB camp may play a factor in his desire to cut ties.
“I think he’s going — real talk — ‘I could probably use Drake and Nicki, but I’ve done that so many times,’” said Mannie. “Let’s get out there and do things so I can show that I am bigger than life.”
Wayne’s list of career collaborations includes working with many industry heavyweights. His catalog features cuts with Jay Z, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Destiny’s Child, and OutKast. But Fresh still thinks Wayne is missing that huge crossover joint effort that would solidify his status as one of the elite artists on the planet.
“Wayne has given us some great albums, but he has never given us that album with like a Justin Timberlake on it – with features where like, OK, this is what we expect from an artist of your caliber,” Mannie stated. “If I did do a song and I got Justin Timberlake on it, I got Justin Timberlake fans as well. I think Wayne is starting to see it in that way. Hip Hop can only bring you so far.”