Most older fans of Cash Money Records is familiar with the issues its original flagship artist, Juvenile, went through before finally leaving, as did his labelmates B.G. and Mannie Fresh. But, did you know Lil Wayne was contemplating his departure from YMCMB at one point as well?
According to Juve, all the original members of the label experienced money problems with Cash Money … even their current superstar, Lil Wayne. In a recent interview with Complex.com, the New Orleans rap legend talks about his financial issues with Cash Money Records, and how Weezy once wanted to leave too.
“When Wayne was trying to leave Cash Money [in the mid 2000s], same thing,” Juve explained. “He was trying to find out how did I leave, what did I do, he wanted to see my paperwork. I was like, ‘You can see it, but you’re gonna have to pay me for it now, because now I know you ain’t with me.’ You’re own your own because I’m definitely on my own. If you want the paperwork and help from my end, I need to be compensated for it. [He never paid for it].”
Much like his own struggles — he battled Cash Money in court for three years — he feels “Wayne really got beat out of all his money.”
“Still up to the day, Wayne really got beat out of all his money and took another contract,” Juve said. “That’s the part I never understood. I was signed to Atlantic and Jay-Z was excited about that, because now we was about to get our own money. That’s what I really wanted. I wanted him to leave. All of a sudden he signed back I’m like, ‘Damn, what type of deal he got working?’ ”
Despite inking a new contract earlier this year, and even running his own imprint (Young Money), Juve says he doesn’t think Weezy is getting the cut he deserves.
“If you notice the Young Money/Cash Money imprint, some of the stuff that need to say Young Money ,don’t say Young Money. I know Baby and I know Ronald [‘Slim’ Williams]. They ain’t giving up power of their company,” the rapper explained. “They don’t care how big Wayne gets, they not giving up. If I didn’t get it, he ain’t getting it.
“I thought [Wayne] was scared [that’s why he stayed],” he continued. “That’s how I took it. I was like, ‘You don’t have to be scared.’ I’m really from the projects. No disrespect to them, but I’m 10 times more street than they are. They would never go to some of the places I’d go, they’d never turn some of the corners I turned because they’re not like that. It’s two different ballgames. So I’m like, ‘Don’t let them niggas intimidate you. Don’t let that looking hard sh** intimidate you because n**** I’m really with it. If you wanna leave, leave. You’re with me now, not them.’ One thing led to another and he signed back, but I took it as he was scared.”
Read the full interview with Juve over at Complex.com.