The first shot in Lil Wayne’s legal battle to get out of his Cash Money Records contract has been fired.
TMZ reports that as promised Wayne has filed a lawsuit claiming breach of contract. The suit claims that Cash Money violated the deal in three ways.
1. Not paying Wayne an $8 million advance when he began recording Tha Carter V in December 2013.
2. Failing to pay Wayne an additional $2 million upon completion of the album a year later.
3. Refusing to release the album.
Wayne says he hasn’t received a dime of what’s owed to him. He’s asking a judge to award him $51 million, release him from his contract and declare that he’s the joint copyright holder of all the artist recordings under his Young Money label. That would include the works of Tyga, Nicki Minaj, Drake and all other acts he signed.
Birdman’s reason for not releasing Tha Carter V has been that he believes there is more behind the scenes work that needs to be done first.
Sources close to Wayne told TMZ that at this point the only way it will be released is if he is paid what he’s due.