Birdman And Young Thug Named In Indictment For Lil Wayne Shooting

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Birdman And Young Thug Named In Indictment For Lil Wayne Shooting.

It appears as if Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ career-long habit of shady business tactics in running his label Cash Money Records may have gone too far. MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A man charged with shooting into Lil Wayne’s tour buses on a Georgia highway called cellphones linked to rappers Young Thug and Birdman before and after the gunfire, according to an indictment in the case.Atlanta rapper Young Thug’s rap sheet grew longer Thursday when another police agency added additional charges, including felony weapon and drug violations.

Birdman and his newly affiliated artist Jeffrey “Young Thug” Williams are named – though not charged – in an indictment against the man accused of shooting up disaffected Cash Money artist Lil Wayne’s tour bus in Atlanta this past April. According to the suit, Cash Money owns the exclusive rights to Wayne’s music and the rapper’s contract stipulates that he cannot license his music to anyone else. CMR, which is owned by Universal and run by Bryan (Birdman) Williams did not sue Lil Wayne, who is reported to have had a bitter split from Williams, long a father figure to the hip hop star. Most notably for all parties involved, Winfrey made a call to a phone number owned by Young Thug right before the shooting and to one owned by Birdman right afterwards, as reported by the Associated Press. In June, upon the release of his single “Glory,” a Tidal rep confirmed to Rolling Stone that Lil Wayne had joined other top-tier musicians as a part owner of the service.

The singer and Birdman split late last year after Lil Wayne complained about the company’s refusal to release his latest album and tweeted: “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity.” Birdman was accused in hip hop media of subsequently spilling a drink on Lil Wayne during a performance. The Cash Money lawsuit, however, calls Tidal’s partnership with Lil Wayne “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.” The suit even bashes the rapper and FWA, saying the LP received “tepid reviews” and could hurt Cash Money’s attempts to push the rapper’s music.

The 30-count indictment opens by identifying Winfrey, Young Thug, Birdman and Wayne as Blood gang members, and goes on to detail the growing schism between Wayne and Birdman. Under the terms of Lil Wayne’s 1998 contract with Cash Money,court papers say, he agreed to “not perform for any persons other than” CMR and “not license, or consent to or permit the use of” his name for “the recording or exploitation of any Record” that has a composition which he recorded under that agreement. Tidal has been messed up since its disastrous tone-deaf celebrity circlejerk debut press conference, losing CEOs and failing to gain footing in a competitive market.

In January, Lil Wayne sued Cash Money for $51 million, hoping to also end his contract with the label and gain joint rights to the music he released through his Young Money imprint. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. The indictment alleges that when Wayne performed in Thugger’s native Atlanta (as luck would have it, on the exact same night), something worse than some booing would be waiting for him. This lawsuit is just a shit-drop on a pile of diarrhea at this point, but it’s a shit-drop that could have a big impact on how streaming services and music labels interact, potentially by underlining that contracts don’t dissolve when digital streaming opportunity knocks. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. I don’t know how it will play out, but even though an eventual win would be good for Tidal, just the news of litigation adds to the service’s messy reputation.

Winfrey appears in a Young Thug video released a few weeks after the incident that contains a lyrical threat to shoot Wayne, and waves a rifle at the camera at the appropriate moment – the same kind of assault rifle prosecutors allege was used in the shooting. When Lil Wayne performed at an Atlanta nightclub in April, the indictment says, Atlanta police saw Winfrey pull up outside the venue in a white Chevrolet Camaro. Williams, who was born in Sylvan Hills in southwest Atlanta, is best known for his recent single “Stoner” and is a member of Gucci Mane’s Atlanta-based record label. It says police, “fearing gang violence,” escorted Lil Wayne from the club and patrol cars stayed with his buses until they left the Atlanta city limits.

Jeffrey Williams’ attorney, Brian Steel, declined to comment Thursday on his arrest in DeKalb County as well as the allegations in the bus shooting indictment.

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