Despite the ongoing legal drama between Lil Wayne and Birdman, the Cash Money boss still managed to send birthday wishes to the New Orleans rapper on Tuesday (Sept. 27).
“HBD MY SON @liltunechi#BEFORE ANYTHANG #CMR uptownshit#BMJR #ymcmb4life #bloodlove,” Baby wrote in a caption accompanying a photo of a young Birdman and Wayne.
Lil Wayne, who turned 34 on Tuesday, has been entangled in a beef with Birdman and Cash Money since he vented on Twitter about his woes with the label in December 2014, claiming that both parties were preventing him from releasing his highly anticipated album Tha Carter V. “To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won’t and hasn’t been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it,” he tweeted. “I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy.” Wayne added, “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity.”
It has been nearly two years and no sign of the album has surfaced though Lil Wayne has taken the opportunity to give the middle finger to Cash Money at various shows like a May 21 concert in Denver and a May 28 performance in Phoenix. During a Sept. 13 appearance on the FS1 show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, though, Lil Wayne said if the money was right, he wouldn’t work with Birdman again. “Give me mine and I’ll walk off, free, smiling,” he offered.
The birthday greetings also come as Lil Wayne’s own record label Young Money reportedly forked over $160,000 to rapper David Banner after allegedly failing to pay him for his contributions to 2008’s Tha Carter III and 2009’s compilation We Are Young Money, according to TMZ. Billboard has reached out to reps for Lil Wayne and David Banner for comment.