Birdman suing Jay Z’s Tidal firm over Lil Wayne music release

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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.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. The 23-year-old, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening to shoot a Perimeter Mall security guard in the face, according to the U.S.

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. 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. 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. 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. Among the highlights: The Cadillac Three, a trio of Nashville natives whose love for Merle and Metallica makes them one of the heavier groups to hit the festival’s main stage — especially when they light into their new single “White Lightning.” With a touring schedule that’s taken the guys from a sold-out run in the U.K. to their own Aviators and Radiators Tour in America, the Cadillac Three have spent most of 2015 on the road.

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. We’ll put those records on and literally listen to the whole thing.” To help get Faster Horses’ 25,000-plus attendees into the festival spirit while making their way to the event in Brooklyn, Michigan, Johnston hooked us up with his ideal road trip playlist, offering commentary about each track along the way. We toured with them, and Rickey [Medlocke] and Johnny [Van Zant] would ask us what our favorite Skynyrd songs were, and my first answer would always be, “‘Swamp Music,’ because of the riff.” And they’d never play it!

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