Birdman Says ‘Rich Gang 2’ Project With Young Thug Could Drop This Summer

Earlier this year, Young Thug claimed he wasn’t going to release any music until 2019. “I’ve got a deaf brother,” he told Hypebeast. “I’ve got a brother who can’t hear or talk, so I want to act deaf for a year. So I ain’t going to put out no music this year.” 

Fortunately for us, not only did we a fairly promising Instagram post teasing a potential Thugger/Gambino collab, but Birdman just suggested that the sequel to 2014’s Rich Gang: The Tour Part 1, a Young Thug/Birdman/Rich Homie Quan project, could be dropping as early as this summer.

According to Billboard, the Cash Money mogul said he and Thug were “looking at the summertime” to release Rich Gang 2, and that Birdman has nothing but respect and admiration for his fellow artist. “Thug is like my brother,” he told Rap-Up. “Love him to death. Solid. One of the realest I ever met in this game. As far as artist-wise, he’s the super talented one, so he led the way on the project and what we wanted to do. I think it’s super dope.”

And finally, he uttered the words we all wanted to hear: “We got a whole album, me and Thug.”

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But that isn’t the only contemporary MC Birdman showered with praise during that same interview, as the No. 1 Stunna put some heavy respect on YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s name, as well. “Talent-wise? He’s an animal. He’s a monster,” said Birdman. “I had the pleasure of being around him, see how he worked, and I think he’s gonna be the next biggest superstar in the world, as the youngsters. I watched his ethics, he’s very intelligent. I’m anxious and excited to see what’s gonna happen.”

While we wait for Rich Gang 2, you might want to revisit the initial project, as well as Birdman’s Before Anythang, which contains features from not only Thugger, but 2 Chainz, Migos, Kodak Black, and others. In regards to the Gambino collab, we’ll just have to patiently wait—as we are, eagerly, for Thug’s Hi-Tunes project, which he recently claimed was coming next year. Hang tight, everyone.

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Lil Wayne and Birdman’s Settlement Negotiations Are Reportedly Hostile

Things seemed to have been cooling down between Lil Wayne and Birdman as of late, with the two rappers being spotted together in public, but it turns out that's not exactly the case. The Cash Money moguls remain locked in an ongoing legal battle that sources close to say is becoming increasingly “hostile,” reports The Blast.

Despite having posed together for a picture that Birdman shared on his Instagram, he and Wayne might not be as buddy-buddy as they would lead us to believe. It would have appeared by Birdman's latest 'Gram where he referred to Wayne as “my son” that the two were on the road to patching things up, but now sources are revealing that things are not as they seem. 

 

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According to documents obtained by The Blast, Cash Money has been ordered to hand over specific documents relating to Nicki Minaj and Drake regarding the $51 million lawsuit that Wayne filed nearly three years ago. The lawsuit claimed that Cash Money owes Wayne millions in royalties, and more frustratingly, has continually delayed the release of Tha Carter V

While publicly, Weezy and Birdman may appear to have squashed their beef, it seems that under the surface there still remains a lot of bitterness, and sources have revealed that even after the lawsuit is resolved, “There will be no connection, no ties, and no business relationship.” 

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Rich the Kid Talks Frank Ocean Collab and Doing Numbers on the Charts

Complex News' Jinx sat down with Rich the Kid at SXSW and chopped it up about hard work, hustle, and his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. The two also spoke about Rich Forever Music and how Rich the Kid wants it to be bigger than Cash Money.

Later in the interview, Rich touched on his collaboration with the elusive Frank Ocean. Check it out above.

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Birdman goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in Los Angeles and talks about classic Cash Money style, his Lugz deal, and why he’s not involved in Lil Wayne and Drake’s sneaker deals.

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Lil Wayne and Birdman Hug It Out in Public

Lil Wayne and Birdman have a complicated relationship, to say the least.

Wayne's $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money is still on and the fate of Tha Carter V remains precarious, but every once in awhile, the two are spotted being friendly with each other in public and fans excitedly hope it means the beef has been finally squashed.

This weekend, the cycle repeated itself as video surfaced of Wayne and Birdman hanging out at Club LIV and greeting each other with a hug.

According to TMZ, the two arrived at the Miami club separately on Sunday, during a night in which Lil Wayne performed with 2 Chainz on stage. While Meek Mill's “Dreams and Nightmares” played in the background, though, they seemed to be getting along. As some might remember, this actually isn't the first time they've publicly reunited at Club LIV. They were seen together at the nightclub back in early 2016 as well.

Of course, this video arrives only a week after Wayne dropped a song that many people thought included a Birman diss, so the hug doesn't necessarily mean everything has been completely smoothed over—especially since the lawsuit is still on.

In an Aug. 21 interview with Q93, Wayne claimed that he can drop Tha Carter V whenever he wants, though. He explained, “Of course you’re going to see Tha Carter V. Man, I just don’t want to put it out the wrong way. Honestly, man, I can do what I want honestly at any time. The fans deserve it to be right and that’s how it’s gonna be. I’ma make sure it’s right. I can drop whatever I want to drop. I keep dropping whatever I want to drop. But I’m not gonna give ’em Carter V the wrong way.”

Birdman also said the long-awaited album is coming soon, telling Rap-Up last month, “Without a doubt. You will get [the album] this year. It’s gonna be well worth the wait.”

So, things are still complicated. And it's likely that it'll take more than a hug to smooth everything over between these guys, but fans are hoping this means we're one step closer to finally hearing Tha Carter V.






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Lil Wayne Is Reportedly Taking a Paternity Test to See If He’s the Father of Teen

Lil Wayne? Meet Lil Dwayne. TMZ is reporting that the rapper is the father of a 15-year-old teenager named Dwayne. According to the boy's mother, Keiotia Watson, she and Wayne had a sexual relationship that led to her pregnancy back in June 2001. She says that she gave birth to her son in February 2002, and that Wayne is the father. Watson went to court around two years ago in an attempt to establish paternity and receive child support from the Young Money rapper, and as a result, Wayne is reportedly set to take a paternity test to find out if he's the father once and for all.

While a Louisiana judge ruled in favor of Watson and ordered Wayne to give her $5000 a month in child support, TMZ's sources claim that since the rapper has never been served legal papers or been notified that he might be the father, he's yet to give her any money. The source also says that if Wayne is indeed the father, he'll take full responsibility and pay whatever amount he's legally required to pay. If Watson's claims are true, young Dwayne would become Lil Wayne's fifth child.

Lil Wayne is also currently embroiled in a legal battle with Cash Money head Birdman, with seeking upwards of $50 million in damages.

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Lil Wayne May Be Going at Birdman on New Song “Vizine”

Lifestyle brand Ethika is gearing up to release a second edition of their RGB mixtape series, and the first single comes from Lil Wayne in the form of “Vizine.” On top form as he raps over a snarling beat, Wayne seems to once again have had enough of Cash Money boss Birdman, despite Baby's claims that he'll drop Tha Carter V this year. (We're at six-and-a-half years since IV, btw.)

During the second verse of “Vizine,” Wayne references Kanye West's “Power” while possibly sending shots at Birdman. “No one man should have all that power if he can't afford to pay the light bills,” he raps, referencing how Birdman could be reportedly losing his Miami mansion over an unpaid $12 million loan. (Rick Ross made a similar diss last year on his Snapchat.) The song makes other allusions to Birdman taking advantage of his artists, too, especially on the fiery second verse.

“Vizine” comes hot on the heels of reports that Wayne is taking Birdman back to court, alleging that he's failed to turn over documentation related to Nicki Minaj and Drake. The Blast reports that Wayne filed a motion last month to receive the supposedly missing documents, with Wayne accusing Birdman of misleading the court by falsely stating he's turned over all documents in their possession that Wayne has asked for in their ongoing $50 million lawsuit.

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Wayne alleges that Cash Money has earned over $200 million, although there's no accounting records or tax returns to be heard of. Cash Money claims they have no documents relating to Nicki Minaj, but considering she's released albums with the label, Wayne says that doesn't add up.

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Diddy Loses Top Forbes Spot to Jay Z After 7 Years On Top

Year to year, the Forbes Five, which ranks hip-hop’s wealthiest artists, doesn’t really change. But on Thursday, when the magazine released its 2018 list, there was a noticeable difference: Jay Z beat Diddy. Diddy’s been number one on the list since Forbes began measuring rappers’ net worth in 2011.

For '18, Jay Z’s net worth leapt from $810 million to $900 million, in large part due to the growing values of his investment in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac. Last year's Forbes list for America's Wealthiest Self-Made Women put Beyoncé at $350 mill, making headlines for pushing the Carters into the billionaire club with $1.16 B's. (The website Celebrity Net Worth says Queen B's worth $500 million.)

Diddy aka Love comes in at No. 2 with $825 million. His fortune has received a slight bump due to lukewarm trends in the vodka and cable TV markets, which impact his stakes in Ciroc and Revolt. But he’s seen considerable growth with DeLeon tequila—a collaboration between himself and beverage king Diageo—which has increased his net worth.

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Dr. Dre, with $770 million at No. 3, can thank upward trends in Beats affecting his fortune. This summer, he’s also up for ownership of Apple stock, which is worth more than $100 million. The shares may permit him to jump past Hov and Diddy in 2019.

There’s always a considerable drop between the third spot on the list and the fourth and fifth. Drake and Eminem are tired for $100 million each, at No. 4 and 5, respectively. This is the first time Drake has broken through to $100 million, and this is also Eminem’s first time on the list, as he has surpassed Cash Money head Birdman.

Last year saw Diddy at No. 1 with $820 million, Jay Z at No. 2 with $810 mill, Dr. Dre at No. 3 with $740 mill, Birdman at No. 4 with $110 million, and Drake at No. 5 with $90 mill.

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Rick Ross Takes Jab at Birdman Over Report That He’s About to Lose a Mansion

Rick Ross is going to constantly remind Birdman about his money problems and legal situation with Lil Wayne until he pays up.

The latest jab comes from Renzel’s Snapchat, responding to an AllHipHop report (via The Blast) that Birdman is selling his Miami mansion on Palm Island. Stunna bought the 19,000 sq. ft. mansion for $14.5 million in 2012, which was once owned by former Rockstar Energy CEO Russell Weiner and Scott Storch.

In June, he listed the home for $20 million to recoup the renovations he’s done over the years. You can check out images of the mansion below.

In his Snap, Ross breaks down the logic behind Birdman’s purchase. He allegedly took out a loan in 2015 for $12 million from a company named Easy Money EMG that's based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He put the mansion as a collateral for the loan.

“You ain’t have no money in six-seven years, n***a. You should have came and borrowed some from Rozay. Now you want to fuck that old lady life up too. You probably borrowing some money from her,” Ross says.

“I might go buy that house on the water,” he adds. “Just to keep my boat at it. I won’t even stay there, that shit is too small.”

 

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Earlier this year, Ross called out Birdman for not paying Lil Wayne and countless other Cash Money producers on “Idols Become Rivals.” He hasn’t stopped spreading the message, urging Birdman to “pay that man.” And this is after Birdman exploded on Instagram Live about all the chatter surrounding him and Weezy, telling his followers about their history and that he’ll make sure he’s “straight” when the timing is right.

If Birdman can’t pay for his mansion, what makes us think he can pay Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit?

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DJ Khaled Breaks Silence on Relationship With Birdman on ‘The Breakfast Club’

To mark the release of his new Rihanna and Bryson Tiller collaboration “Wild Thoughts,” DJ Khaled dropped by The Breakfast Club Friday morning to discuss his upcoming album Grateful and to shed more light on the story behind Rick Ross' Birdman diss song, “Idols Become Rivals.” Khaled, who's mentioned at the end of the Rather You Than Me single, said he still appreciates the opportunities Birdman gave him. As for Cash Money business dealings, Khaled declined to elaborate.

“You know, Ross is my brother since, like, day one,” Khaled said when asked how he felt the first time he heard Ross' track. “That's family. Me and him come from the bottom, the mud to marble floors. When he shouted me out on that record, that's what you call a real friend, family…loves me and I love him back. Me and him are, like, forever. Music or no music. It's Khaled and Ross forever, meaning that's my brother. I appreciate the love and shout-out.”

What Ross was expressing in that shout-out, Khaled said, was that he's a good and grateful person. “He was basically expressing 'Khaled's a hard worker, he a good person, he a grateful person, and everybody he's ever dealt with, he's always been good and he never complain,'” Khaled said. “Ross is basically saying, 'Khaled, he don't complain. He keep it moving.' I think y'all know me as a person. Y'all never heard me come and talk about people and stuff like that. He's basically saying, 'Yo, Khaled, You blessed. Keep winning. Don't stop.'”

Asked specifically about Birdman, Khaled took the high road. “Birdman, that's my friend,” he said. “I wanna be clear. As far as anybody that has a situation, I pray and I hope that people can talk to each other and work things out. Birdman, all that is is, you know, at one point I just moved on with We the Best. I got nothing but love for Birdman. They gave me an opportunity. I appreciate every opportunity that's ever given to me. It doesn't matter what happens to the opportunity, it's an opportunity. It's an opportunity and I’m grateful for that.” Back in March, a theory about Khaled's “they” being a Birdman reference caught fire.

Khaled also praised Birdman and Cash Money's legacy, telling the Breakfast Club team he hoped that “all that stuff” would be solved one day. “I don't discuss business,” he said. “But at the end of the day, me and them are good.”

Watch the full DJ Khaled x Breakfast Club interview, including some fatherhood talk and plenty of Grateful insight, above.

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