Lil Wayne and Birdman once had a bond that seemed unbreakable. For years, Lil Wayne referred to Birdman as his father and they even did a joint album on the premise, Life Father/Like Son.
However, business and personal issues have created a rift between the two. Lil Wayne is upset that Cash Money has yet to release his new album, Tha Carter V, and is suing the label for his $8 million advance.
Lil Wayne took several verbal shots at Birdman on his latest mixtape, Sorry for the Wait 2. Although Lil Wayne is contractually obligated to Cash Money, he could be taking his talent elsewhere. And if he is allowed to leave, he hopes to bring Nicki Minaj and Drake with him.
Here are five potentials labels that could sign Lil Wayne if things do not work out with Cash Money.
Kanye West could help Lil Wayne create a masterpiece if he’s allowed to executive produce his next project. However, Lil Wayne’s ongoing beef with Pusha T could make for an awkward situation.
Jay Z has always showed respect and admiration for Lil Wayne. In 2004, Jay Z recruited Lil Wayne with the hopes that he would sign to Roc-A-Fella Records. But Cash Money forked over millions to Lil Wayne and gave him his own boutique label, Young Money. Years later, Roc Nation could be a perfect fit for Lil Wayne who could find inspiration from the likes of J. Cole and Rihanna.
Rick Ross built a respectable crew with Wale and Meek Mill as top artists on his MMG/Atlantic record label. Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have already released classic songs and could continue to make great music together as label mates.
Hip-hop’s most acclaimed label could offer Lil Wayne another boutique label if Cash Money is allowed to keep the rights to Young Money. It would also give Lil Wayne the opportunity to sign other artists and have a fresh start in music.
With today’s music, artists can survive by going the independent route. Chance the Rapper and Migos are two rappers who have found success without signing to a major label. Lil Wayne should have enough money saved that would allow him to produce and distribute his own music. He would also continue to earn a great amount on tours and merchandise.