Birdman and Cash Money Records are suing Jay Z and TIDAL for 50 million dollars, according TMZ.
The issue stems from the “unauthorized release” of Lil Wayne’s project “Free Weezy Album” on the premium music streaming service.
The lawsuit claims Tidal’s release of Lil Wayne’s project was a
“desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.”
Not only did it aim at Jay Z though, Cash Money also wrote that the album got “tepid reviews” and could hurt their reputation.
Just last month, Lil Wayne announced his deal with the service.
According to reports, Lil Wayne unlawfully gave permission for Jay Z’s Tidal service to release the album exclusively, as it goes against his contract with Cash Money Records, which explicitly states that Weezy’s music cannot be licensed to any other parties.
Tidal claims Wayne was a co-owner of the tracks and was able to consent distribution of “Glory,” an exclusive track that debuted in June, and FWA in exchange for a piece of ownership in the streaming service.
“Defendants have been, and are continuing to, feature and promote Carter’s recordings throughout the world via Defendants’ fledgling digital streaming music service known as ‘Tidal,’ ”
The suit reads,
“all in brazen defiance of CMR’s exclusive rights under the exclusive recording agreement.”
This isn’t the first time Lil Wayne and his former label have come up against each other.
In January earlier this year, Wayne reportedly filled a $30 million lawsuit against the company over the delayed release of The Carter V.
Not only this but Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Jeffrey “Young Thug” Williams have been named in the indictment against the man accused of shooting at Wayne’s tour bus in April. The two men have not been charged, just named.