Over the past year and change, Lil Wayne's public feud with Birdman and Cash Money Records has dramatically impacted his career and ability to put out music. The issues originally stem from Wayne's frustrations over money reportedly owed to him and the label not releasing his long-awaited album, Carter V. At one point in January it appeared that Wayne and Birdman were on track to solve their differences, but since then Wayne has only become more vocal about his displeasure with the label and has yelled "Fuck Cash Money" at a number of concerts recently.
Well, it now looks like Wayne is at a breaking point, as the veteran rapper took to Twitter early Saturday morning to share that he was feeling defeated and even hinted that he was going to retire. Whether or not Wayne actually intends to retire remains to be seen, but it's clear the situation is getting to him and it's rather unclear what his options are going forward. Soon after Wayne took to Twitter to hint at his exit from the rap game, Rick Ross quoted a tweet about trying to get Weezy onto MMG. "Get Birdman on the phone," Ross wrote.
While Wayne and Ross have been close for years now, it seems highly unlikely that Birdman would do such a thing, especially since Baby and Rozay have had their own issues of late. It seems unlikely that Wayne is actually about to retire from rap, but forcing Birdman's hand by threatening to do so might be his best option. We've reached out to Wayne's camp for comment and will continue to update this story as more details become available.
The likes of Missy Elliott, Chance the Rapper, Lupe Fiasco, and more shared their reactions of Wayne's posssible retirement on Twitter:
@LilTunechi Prayers up 4 whatever u may be enduring right now this to will pass & may u find PEACE🙏🏾 I will always be a fan of your work🙌🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 3, 2016
Dear @LilTunechi I just wanna remind you that absolutely nothing and no one in this world can defeat you. Tell them devils back back.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) September 3, 2016
U put in so much work. Inspired so many. I will always be grateful for the impression u left on me a a kid. https://t.co/Uh4iYQHxJI— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) September 3, 2016
Grab ur favorite ladies take em with u on a jet somewhere awesome. Get head by a waterfall. Record new song about it https://t.co/Uh4iYQHxJI— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) September 3, 2016
An inspiration who made being lyrical cool & pushed rappers in all sectors of the art to reach higher bar after bar https://t.co/5d1XYWjN4x— EG| Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) September 3, 2016
I hope you find some solace in the act of creating and continue to practice in some capacity the art which you helped progress @LilTunechi— EG| Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) September 3, 2016
Later on, Wayne sought to calm the nerves of his more devoted fans left panicking at the prospect of his retirement all morning long.
Anyway, Young Money President Mack Maine has no intention of letting Weezy walk without a fight.
We'll update as this story develops.