Birdman Wouldn't Even Let Lil Wayne Drop 'Tha Carter V' for Free

Birdman Wouldn't Even Let Lil Wayne Drop 'Tha Carter V' for Free

The two sides are so opposite on this.

Published October 14, 2016

Some gems were dropped on the Rap Radar podcast this week as Cortez Bryant, Lil Wayne’s longtime manager, stopped by and spoke a lot about Weezy’s issues with YMCMB and of course, Birdman.

One of the previously unknown pieces of info we found out was apparently Wayne’s forthcoming album, Tha Carter V, was supposed to be dropped for free via Google. That deal was apparently killed by Baby and label co-founder Slim.

"We were ready to put out Carter,” he explained. “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."

Wow. Apparently the Google deal was supposed to come after “Believe Me” because of the single’s success. "We had a deal cut with Google where they were going to back the album and put it out for free. When I presented it to Slim and Baby, they didn't get it and the label was against it," Bryant 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 sh*t, TMZ was on the other line."

The timing seems to back Cortez Bryant’s story. The Free Weezy project was then released exclusively through Tidal shortly afterward. Bryant finishes speaking about Tha Carter V situation by explaining that he believes the label was behind on what streaming success could do for them financially. He also claims Cash Money didn’t have enough money to pay a lot of their mega stars at the time because they messed around and spent too much of their money frivolously. Guess that’s part of the reason why Weezy wants to see the receipts of all the money Birdman spent from their joint advance.

Listen to the full Rap Radar podcast featuring Cortez Bryant below.

Written by Paul Meara

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