Back when we found out that Lil Wayne had inked a deal with Jay Z’s TIDAL streaming service to become a part-owner and to make his Free Weezy Album and other music available to listeners, it seemed like Wayne had made a shrewd business decision to diversify his income streams while he litigated his release from his longtime label.
But now Birdman is saying, not so fast Dwayne. In a new lawsuit filed against TIDAL, Cash Money Records claims that according to the terms of the company’s contract with Weezy, the Rapper does not have the ability to license his music to a third party. The suit seeks $50 million in damages and even goes so far as to take pot shots at both TIDAL and the Free Weezy Album, which it claims received “tepid reviews”.
The lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, gets nasty, with Cash Money claiming Jay Z’s fledgling company is now resorting to “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.”
I guess we should have fully expected this kind of play from Baby sooner or later though. There was no way he was about to sit on his hands and allow Wayne to eat with Jay while the lawsuit played out. Unfortunatley for him, he may have signifigantly bigger problems on the horizon.