The long-delayed album was slated to street on Tuesday, Dec. 9, but Wayne revealed days earlier that it had been pushed back once again. In a fiery Twitter rant, Tunechi declared "I want off this label."
To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won't and hasn't been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain't that easy— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
I am a prisoner and so is my creativity Again,I am truly sorry and I don't blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thk u— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
And while artist-label feuds are nothing new in the music biz, Wayne's rant was particularly surprising. The 32-year-old signed with Cash Money Records in his pre-teen years and has remained with the company ever since. In 2005 he founded the label’s Young Money imprint, launching stars including Drake and Nicki Minaj.
No word yet on when Tha Carter V will final see the light of day (it was set to be released in 2013, but has been delayed several times), but here’s hoping Wayne and Birdman are able to mend fences ASAP. After all, theirs isn’t even the most epic artist vs. label spat of all time.
1. When Columbia Records refused to promote Johnny Cash's controversial single "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" in 1964, the singer-songwriter responded by placing a scathing letter in Billboard Magazine as a full-page advertisement. "Where are your guts?" he challenged the music industry. On the 50th anniversary of Bitter Tears this year, the concept album was revisited by Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and more for a new release via Sony Music Masterworks.
2. Who could forget Prince's famous spat with Warner Bros. in the '90s? The singer famously wrote "Slave" on his face and eventually changed his stage name to the unpronounceable "Love Symbol" in an effort to escape his contract. But all's well that ends well -- today, Prince is back on Warner Bros. and releasing new music.
3. Serious tensions were revealed in a leaked email from Nas to Def Jam execs in 2010. The rapper called himself "nobody's slave" and demanded that the label "put my s*** out!" "Time and time again, it's the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist's dreams and aspirations," Nas wrote. Earlier this year, the Illmatic rapper released his final album under his Def Jam record deal.
4. Now this feud is a little more lighthearted. Brad Paisley made headlines this summer by leaking his own album, Moonshine in the Trunk, and broadcasting it on Twitter – much to the chagrin of Sony Music Nashville's top brass. True, some are speculating that Paisley going rogue was nothing more than a marketing ploy, but it’s worth noting that he's also engaged in a $10 million lawsuit with his label over royalties.
5. And now we bring it all back to Cash Money: Tyga tweeted his frustration with the Young Money label back in October, claiming that the executives were holding him "hostage." "Might just leak it for my fans than let them make money off it," Tyga said of his still-unreleased Gold album. Adding for good measure, "the music industry is a devil's playground." When asked by a fan whether he was still with Young Money, Tyga zinged "not for long," and in an interview with Los Angeles' Power 106 radio station, the rapper said he would be releasing his new album independently.
Clearly art and business don't always mix, but can't we all just get along?!
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