March 29, 2016


Lil Wayne Sues Universal Music Over Unpaid Young Money Royalties

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Denise Truscello/WireImage

Lil Wayne is caught up in legal drama once again—and this time it doesn't involve Birdman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he is suing Universal Music Group and SoundExchange for reportedly not paying him due royalties for discovering and signing artists like DrakeNicki Minaj and Tyga.

These artists are all part of Wayne's Young Money record label, which is part of Cash Money and Universal. The rapper/mogul's attorney filed the lawsuit on Monday in California, and it claims UMG used his profits to repay itself for a $100 million advance given to Cash Money, inc.

The complaint says the following:

"With Universal’s knowledge of Lil Wayne’s rights to partial ownership and profits from those artists, Universal and Cash Money entered into a series of agreements which, among other things, diverted Lil Wayne’s substantial profits to repay debts of Cash Money. As a result, 100% of the profits that should have been paid to Lil Wayne as a result of his ownership of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga records have been seized by Universal to repay debts that were neither incurred by nor were the obligations of Lil Wayne."

A rep for Universal gave a follow-up statement to THR, “It should be no surprise that we learned of the lawyer’s complaint through the news media. We don’t intend to dignify this with further public comment except to say that we will vigorously contest it and that the merits of our case will carry the day.”

This news comes after Weezy filed a $51 million lawsuit last year against Cash Money and Birdman, where he stated the label never paid for his Tha Carter V album.