Back in 2013, Tyga said he’s never received a check from Young Money, but didn’t seem to mind. Fast forward to more than a year later, the Los Angeles rapper doesn’t seem too pleased with the house that Lil Wayne built.
On Friday (Oct. 10), Tyga took to Twitter to put his label on blast, saying that his fourth studio set The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty is finished, but may not be released anytime soon, adding that they’re “holding me hostage.”
“Gold album been done,” the rapper tweeted. “my label holding me hostage so i can’t release nothing. might just leak it for my fans then let them make $ off it.”
When a fan asked if he was still with Young Money, Tyga replied: “Not for long.”
“#LastKings is what i built and the only thing I rep,” he later added. “The music industry is a devils playground. Im a man of God.”
Young Money president Mack Maine followed with a subliminal tweet, clearly aimed at Tyga, mocking his 2008 single, “Coconut Juice.” “Don’t forget about puttin limes in coconuts!!! What you “rep” didn’t make you or build you!!” he tweeted.
Tyga would reply, saying: “@mackmaine its about growth not maintaining.”
During a 2013 interview with The Breakfast Club, he said he’s never received a royalty check. “I never got a check from Young Money or Cash Money,” Tyga explained. “I’ve always treated my career as independent and everything that I’ve got is because of myself, my own endorsements.”
Tyga is just the latest in a long list of artists who have been unhappy with the YMCMB umbrella, many complaining about unpaid royalties.