For many years, what’s been next is Tha Carter V, and it’s long been thought that YMCMB boss, Birdman, is holding up its release. Welp, Baby’s had enough of the blame and is now shifting it toward Weezy.
Sources close to TMZ say Wayne’s threats to retire aren’t sitting well with Birdman. He says the narrative about who’s controlling what isn’t being represented properly and that Wayne’s the one who actually has the physical recording of the long-awaited LP and refuses to hand it over.
This, Birdman claims, has him in a tough space. It sounds innocent enough, but what Wayne’s been claiming is that he’d be happy to give him the album after they work out payment for it. TMZ also says Wayne will never leak the project digitally because he doesn’t want to give it up for free.
Lil Wayne’s original lawsuit states he was owed an $8 million advance for Tha Carter V plus $2 million upon its completion. It’s that, plus more millions for past sales that need to be paid before the album has a chance of coming out.
Sigh. Sound like Lil Wayne isn’t retired, but it’s going to take a miracle for his next album to ever see the light of day.
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