Near Miss: 10 Almost Signings

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  • Kanye West, Birdman
  • 50 Cent and Diddy
  • Lil Wayne, jay-Z
  • French Montana, Rick Ross
  • Fabolous, 50 Cent
  • Mystikal and 50 Cent
  • Twista, Kanye West
  • Young Buck and Cash Money
  • Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent
  • Wale and Jay-Z
  • Master P, Tupac

Lil Wayne and Def Jam

Back in 2004, there were persistent rumors that Lil Wayne, whose contract with Cash Money was expiring, was going to sign with Def Jam, where his then idol Jay-Z had been named president. Instead, as we all know, Weezy stayed loyal to his adoptive father Baby and signed with Cash Money, enticed partly by his own label deal, which resulted in the creation of Young Money.

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