Carter v. Carter: Lil Wayne and Jay-Z's Complicated History
Lil Wayne Almost Signs to Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
If anything, the braggadoccio actually ended up sparking Jay's interest as a businessman. In 2006, when his initial contract with Cash Money was expiring, Lil Wayne considered inking with Hov, who was then president of Def Jam. The two reportedly discussed a deal, but Weezy ended up sticking with his home team, despite the fact that he said Jay-Z was “my idol.” "It was very, very tough," a humble Wayne told MTV later. "But you know, I'm a loyal dude, I stick with the fam. But I hope we can do something in the future with my fam and his fam… From [age] 15, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 to Reasonable Doubt, all that, I was like [Jay-Z's] the dude. Then he built his team, and who don't want to be down? You could hate all you want, but I know you want to be down… I haven't made my mark yet; I haven't met that time period yet. I have a lot put in, but when I meet [Jay-Z's] mark, I'll have a lot more put in, and I know that I could probably build something bigger and better. But all off of his blueprint though, because he's the best."