Cash Money hits Tidal with $50 million lawsuit over Lil Wayne album

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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.ATLANTA — 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.

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. 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. The indictment, filed in Cobb County, Georgia, in June, claims that all four parties allegedly involved—Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Birdman, and Winfrey—are members of the Bloods gang, and that Lil Wayne and Birdman “had a business dispute concerning Lil Wayne’s contract with Cash Money Records” leading to Wayne’s upcoming album Tha Carter V being held from release.

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. 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. The label, which Wayne’s been associated with since the age of 9 and helped build, is also the home to bestselling acts Drake and Nicki Minaj, whose careers were fostered by Wayne. 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.

An Instagram video of Birdman supposedly throwing vodka at Wayne during the latter’s show at Club LIV in Miami is the closest it had come to any sort of physical altercation. 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. If Birdman was willing to have him killed over a money dispute then Thug would have to be a moron to get involved in a plot that would jeopardize his career and his freedom and possibly his own life if things got out of control. Is Thug’s affiliation with Birdman—especially considering he’s not an official Cash Money artist—so all-encompassing that he’d be willing to jeopardize everything over a beef that he has no direct involvement in? His close connection with Birdman coinciding with Wayne’s rising animosity toward Cash Money led to fans wondering whether or not Birdman was using him to goad Wayne; his penchant for somewhat androgynous fashions and calling his male friends “bae” and “lover” in the notoriously macho world of mainstream hip-hop led to rumors regarding his sexuality.

On his everyday life and living there’s nothing gay about Thug.” Those two disparate factors converged in April when Wayne fired a diss at Young Thug while performing in Mississippi (“I want ya’ll to do me a favor and quit listening to songs of niggas that pose naked on they motherfuckin’ album cover”) that subtly jabbed at the younger rapper’s flamboyant image. Self-destructive rap stars are about as cliché as money-grubbing evangelists, and hip-hop’s history has no shortage of bad boys—from Flavor Flav and Ol’ Dirty Bastard to T.I. and DMX. A 22-year-old rapper who’s comfortable enough in his own skin to play loose and fast with ideas about gender would challenge a lot of the homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and hyper-masculinity that pervades so much of hip-hop—which would be a welcome breath of fresh air for the genre—but Young Thug seems to be too insecure to forgo the chest-thumping antics that demand young black men prove how strong they are by showing how “gangsta” they can be.

He’s referred to Wayne as his “idol” even amid the bad blood; it would be disappointing to discover that it was all a ruse as he and his buddy Birdman plotted a heinous act against another successful artist.

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