Since breaking into the mainstream with his 2008 album Tha Carter III, the lawsuits against Lil Wayne have been piling up. Numerous artists and producers have filed suits against the rapper and his label for allegedly failing to pay them royalties.
The latest is producer Bangladesh, who is responsible for Weezy’s uber-popular single “A Millie,” which spawned countless freestyles from other artists and earned the New Orleans rapper a Grammy.
The producer (real name: Shondrae Crawford) revealed to VIBE this week that he’s suing the rapper and his label, Cash Money Records, for unpaid royalties totaling upwards of $500,000.
Bangledesh says suing is the only way to get them to pay.
“I don’t f*** with [Lil Wayne] … and you can print that,” the producer told the mag. “Cash Money don’t pay royalties. The Carter III, [is] his biggest album probably because of ‘A Millie.’ [But] you have to sue these guys so that they pay up.”
He continued, explaining that because Birdman owns his own label and only utilizes distribution from majors, they’re responsible for paying producers and artists their royalties … and he doesn’t, which is why several have sued.
The most recent is producer Jim Jonsin, who produced Weezy’s biggest hit to date “Lollipop.” He, too, says Cash Money failed to pay him royalties for earnings from Tha Carter III and the single. He’s also suing for $500,000.
“This is why Manny Fresh don’t f*** with [Cash Money] because he never got any royalty money. That’s why Baby can go around flaunting this cash, because that’s everyone else’s money… It’s not even Wayne’s fault,” said Bangladesh. “Wayne is not getting money. He is given money, he’s not getting money. If Baby gets a million dollars, he’ll buy Wayne a Phantom, but that’s in Cash Money’s name. That 14-bedroom mansion isn’t Wayne sh**.
“That’s why he have his own company, because he was trying to leave Cash Money and the only thing that would keep him there was [if they] gave him his own thing. But Baby still controls that. All those Young Money artists don’t even know that they not getting royalty money.”
Additionally, Bangladesh is a nominee for Vibe’s “Best Producer of All-Time” competition. However, he was eliminated in the first round by DJ Premier.
Check out the rest of Vibe.com’s producer competition ver at Vibe.com/HipHopProducer.