By Victor Ochieng
Is rapper Lil’ Wayne still releasing music hits? Maybe, but we hear more about his lawsuits, nowadays. His seemingly perennial lawsuit with rapper and producer Birdman continues to treat us to different twists and turns, which, as expected, keeps attracting media attention.
When it comes to music, however, we only hear of some of his features, most recently in “Oh Lord” by Gucci Mane. One thing that cuts across these features is that they’re, to say the least, not memorable.
Now the rapper is in the news over a lawsuit with David Banner. Wayne has apparently been ordered to part with some money in the case. In 2015, the rapper filed a lawsuit against Wayne’s Young Money records. In the lawsuit, Banner claimed that he signed a 2008 agreement with Young Money to produce “Pu**y Monster” and “La La,” both singles from Wayne’s The Carter III album. The rapper claims he was promised an amount of $138,787.19 in royalties, an amount the label was to pay him. Banner demanded an additional $15,000 for his production of “Streets Is Watching,” off “We Are Young Money” album from 2009.
Surprisingly, Wayne and his Young Money record label didn’t even respond to the lawsuit, leading to a default judgment of $164,303 in favor of Banner, an amount that also includes interest. Despite the win, Banner isn’t in a celebratory mood.
In an email message to Billboard, Banner said, “As entertainers, our business is very complex and it should not be a matter of public display. America has always attempted to pit Black men against each other like gladiators then laugh when we clash. I have never commented on this case, it is only a matter of public record. I value all my clients and dread when our business ever plays out in the public. (Focus on cops killing innocent African people!).”
With the court order not in his favor, Wayne is probably more anxious for the case between him and Birdman to be ruled in his favor so he earns some good money out of it.
Last month, Wayne and Birdman traded accusations, with the former claiming he doesn’t have access to tracks that form part of his soon to be released album, Carter V. On the other hand, Birdman insists Wayne is in control of the tracks.
Rumors have it that Wayne could be holding on the album awaiting a possible reward of millions he claims he’s owed by Birdman. Wayne is asking the court to order Birdman to pay him $51 million. He’s also planning to sue Universal Music Group for a whopping $100 million.