Lil Wayne and Birdman finally settled their long standing legal battle back in June, but it apparently wasn’t the last time we’d see Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne feud on paper. Now Birdman and Cash Money Records is accusing Tunechi and his manager of trying to scam a huge cut of Drake’s royalties.
According to the Blast, Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant and his company Aspire Music Group sued Cash Money and Universal Music for a one-third share of royalties from Drake’s catalog in 2017. AMG argued they discovered Drake and were thus entitled to revenue from the Toronto rapper’s first six albums. The remaining profit would be split between Cash Money and Young Money.
Instead of agreeing to these terms, Cash Money countersued, claiming AMG is a “shell company” and that Weezy and Bryant conspired, along with lawyer Ronald Sweeney, to gain a bigger portion of Drake’s royalties. “Aspire was simply a shell company,” Cash Money claims, according to documents from the Blast. “There was no business purpose to forming Aspire, other than to siphon profits out of the joint venture and to divert those profits to Sweeney, Bryant, and Carter/ Young Money. Aspire never conducted any business other than getting Drake signed to a record label. Aspire has never signed, nor sought to sign, a single additional artist.”
Birdman and his label want AMG’s lawsuit dropped, and to be paid for damages related to fraud. Though the suit accuses Lil Wayne of being involved in the scam, neither he nor Young Money are listed in the suit. Hopefully this doesn't reignite the two's legal battle, and further distract Wayne from giving us Tha Carter V.