The rapper announced Saturday that he has signed a deal with Jay Z which was taken out of context. It was assumed that he has made a deal with Jay Z for label representation
On Saturday, rapper Lil Wayne made an announcement about signing a deal with Jay Z, which really dropped like a bombshell.
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“I just signed a deal with my motherf -- king idol Jaz Y.” rapper told the screaming crowd during his performance at the KMEL Summer in Oakland California.
After the announcement, rumors and speculations spread through the internet that Lil Wayne has signed a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation label in context of his long running conflict with his label, Cash Money Records.
Lil Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant just clarified it to Billboard that his client has not signed a deal with Jay Z’s record label Roc Nation. In fact, he was referring to his involvement with music subscription service, Tidal, which is owned by Jay Z.
“The internet and blogs took his words out of context,” Bryant said. “When Wayne was speaking about the partnership with Jay Z, he was speaking about his new deal as an artist owner with Tidal.” manager clarifies.
Earlier this month, Lil Wayne joined Tidal as the co-owner and released his track “Glory” through the service.
It is not a surprise indeed the way the news has been perceived. The rapper has many issues with his label Cash Money Records and has filed a lawsuit against them early this year. He accuses the label and the co-founder Birdman for the delay of his long awaited studio album “Carter V”. Under all these circumstances, it was logical to assume that Wayne is leaving his current label and switching to Jay Z’s Roc Nation for label representation.
Tidal is the first artist owned music streaming service in the world. A number of music artists are its co-owners and shareholders including Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Usher and Lil Wayne is the latest to join the music subscription service.
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