“I don’t get my feelings in it, but I ain’t never took from no n***a,” he said at the 18 minute-mark. “I always bless n****s. I had some incidents early on because I was really young in this shit. I ain’t know no better. But, any problem I had I cleared it up. I paid my n***a. Remember because I was young. I’m telling you 20 years old. So, a lot of shit happened early on, I just ain’t know. And I’m with these white folks and they not attending to the business.”
Birdman appeared to be referring to Lil Wayne, who was signed by Birdman in 1995 when he was just 12, and made his issues with the label head clear prior to the release of Tha Carter V.
“Any problem from my son on down, and I gave him 50 million, I cleared it up,” Birdman added. He and Wayne were set to go to court over label and publishing issues, but it was settled out of court for an unspecified amount. “I ain’t want my name like that, especially with Wayne… I’m nothing without this dude,” he said.
When Birdman was asked which artist he regrets not signing, he was quick with his pick. “Kanye West was with me before he was Kanye West,” he said at the 45:00 mark of the interview. “I knew he was special, I let him go because I had Mannie Fresh. Kanye came to me as a producer, and I wasn’t ever going to disrespect Mannie Fresh because I started with Fresh. It was either gonna be Fresh or ‘Ye, so I had to let ‘Ye go. He went to Roc-A-Fella, I flew him to Roc-A-Fella. We always kept a bond, but he was living with me at my house.”