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Birdman Reacts To Lil Wayne’s Diss: A Look Inside The YMCMB Civil War

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In case you’ve missed it so far this week news of Lil Wayne’s dispute with Cash Money Records exploded across the web because of the release of his latest mixtape Sorry For The Wait 2. This is, at least in part because he used it to publically address the troubles he’s having with the label and its founders.  The first of the two songs to address this directly is called “Coco”. On it you can here him call label owner Bryan “Birdman” Williams  out directly, and firmly stating his beef in the lyrics for all to hear.

“Who kept this s**t this together? N***a, me, that’s who!

Who was there when n***as left? N***a, me that’s who!”

Cash Money is an army, I’m a one man army!”

In addition to those shot firing lyrics, everything about this mixtape exemplifies the civil war that appears to have been brewing inside the YMCMB camp for some time now. Following in the footsteps of a long and seemingly growing list of Cash Money Records artists, Wayne’s case is that Cash Money, which distributes the albums for his Young Money Records Imprint with Universal’s Republic Records, doesn’t have good reason to delay his Tha Carter 5 album.  Therefore, he feels like the label isn’t doing fair business towards him, or his interests, and is artistically tying his hands contractually to Cash Money and its founders Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams in an unfair way.

This sentiment is seen clearly in the mixtape’s associated album art that shows his arm with handcuffs on his wrist. What makes this declarative tape interesting is the fact that he appears to have the support of his fellow Young Money artists in this dispute. In addition to “Coco” going against Birdman, it also speaks volumes politically to see that the 17 tracks include appearances by fellow Young Money superstar, and overall Cash Money go to staple artist Drake, Even though Nicki Minaj is noticeably absent, we can’t help but think that the solidarity shown by Drake’s feature hints clear lines either have or are going to be drawn amongst the camp behind the scenes.

In fact, when you consider that all of YMCMB’s best performing artists have been coming from the Young Money side of the collective since the combo of Drake and Nicki Minaj’s talents joined Wayne’s already genre leading presence to push the company’s agenda over the top in pop culture in about 2009, you can’t help but wonder if Wayne has point that normally would have been kept private, but grew to large to be ignored, and was made public to apply the pressure needed to make a fair change.  On the other hand, this dispute when argued from Cash Money’s point of view could paint the normally very influential rap star as being upset for simply not getting his way.

Here’s what we’ve been able to breakdown so far to try  and make some sense of things . On one hand Upsetting Lil Wayne, who has been one of Cash Money’s biggest stars for over a decades, would obviously be bad business for Slim and Birdman, and disrupting the release of a highly anticipate album like Tha Cater 5 doesn’t make sense when looking at the black and white fact that it will make all parties involved the money they are in business to make. However, we can’t forget that rarely in life are things that simple and nothing complicates the simplicity of black and white profit making more than relationships that are long standing and cross different kinds of personal boundaries.

To see this unfolding all you need to do is remember that the Williams brothers took him into their then street born label when he was only 9 years old, well before he was what many would consider an economically viable artist in the eyes of a typical major label record exec. That gesture ultimately gave him the opportunity for a lifestyle that he more than likely wouldn’t have had otherwise. So, perhaps the actual issue is about the shifting role of authority and influence amongst their normally tight group because Wayne’s evolution as an artist gives him a lot of leverage that he didn’t have in the past. He now carries most of the creative leverage literally with him as the company’s driving force, making it that a Young Money/Cash Money divorce would cause a ripple affect that could hurt Cash Money’s ability to operate in general, and ultimately make fans to question who at the label was actually responsible for their breakthrough pop success.

According to, Birdman’s response to the growing issue indicates that Wayne, and his Young Money venture, have a contracted agreement with the Williams Brothers’ label, and they just simply want him to uphold their deal. Without knowing the specifics of that deal there is no way to truly know who is right, because the make up of label deals like that of Young Money and Cash Money can vary based on how the smaller brand was founded and how much financial interest the larger company invested and if the smaller brand is a content development partner that is on paper technically separate from the larger company or a specialized subsidiary that in many cases  permits the larger company at least partial ownership of the developing brand. At this point, all we can reference is Wayne’s lyrics that address the issue.

In the mixtape’s second track, called “Sh*t”, Wayne explains that he’s done his part with their agreement.

“Did my time at Cash Money. Time served and released, but this agent ain’t free.”

In reaction Birdman also rebutted by telling TMZ, how displeased he was to know that his “son” chose to air out his frustrations on record.

Without being on the inside there is no way to truly know which side is the one simply asking for fairness in their already massively lucrative business partnership, but if shots have been fired this loudly into the blogosphere, there is a good chance we will all find out what is truly up when the smoke clears.

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