Lil Wayne’s Manager Says Birdman Blocked ‘Tha Carter V’ From Being Released for Free
Fans have been waiting patiently for Lil Wayne to release his Tha Carter V album. But his legal issues with Cash Money Records is preventing him from dropping any new music. Weezy’s manager, Cortez Bryant, appeared on the Rap Radar podcast to explain the rapper’s status with Cash Money.
Bryant revealed that Tha Carter V was actually supposed to be released as a streaming-only album on Google for free, but Birdman and Slim nixed the idea.
"We were ready to put our Carter V," he said. "We put out 'Believe Me' as a single before we put out the record...it's never been a situation [with Cash Money] where I would have to worry about anything financial. They were great with the checks because we'd come with a plan, I'd lay it out to them, they cut the check...This time, once we put it out, the check didn't come."
"When I presented it to Slim and Baby, they didn't get it - streaming an album - and the label was against it," he continued. "They basically told me 'Yo, we can't put the album out.' When I had to tell Wayne that, he was like 'What? You can't stop me, you can't hold me back. I got to tell my fans because they don't deserve this and I'm 'bout to air it out. Before I got off the phone to call his lawyer to let him know we was about to have some s---, TMZ was on the other line."
During Wayne's legal battle, they were able to release a few songs here and there. But the Young Money leader wanted to give back to the fans so they dropped the Free Weezy project on TIDAL and Spotify. But Universal sent out a cease-and-desist and the album was taken down from all streaming services.
According to Cortez, this explains why Wayne hasn't released Tha Carter V. The 37-year-old music executive believes in the project and wants to present the album in a proper fashion. Until then, Wayne and Birdman have to sort out their legal issues in a courtroom.
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