Contrary to the assumption that Lil Wayne was signed to legendary rapper Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation, when he announced at KMEL’s Summer Jam in Oakland, California that he had signed a deal with Jay Z, this is not exactly the case.
Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant confirmed to TMZ that the rapper has not been signed to Roc Nation, rather, he has partnered with the streaming service, Tidal, that Jay Z owns a part of. Lil Wayne is not the only one to have a part of Tidal, artists like Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj also act as co-owners of Tidal who use the service to stream their own latest hits.
Either way, Lil Wayne must be relieved to not be working with Cash Money Records and fellow rapper Birdman anymore. For quite some time the artist had been quite public about his issues with Cash Money Records. Even going so far as to refer to himself as a prisoner to the label after his eleventh album, “Tha Carter V” was delayed in December 2014. Still to date, “Tha Carter V” has yet to be released while Lil Wayne has continued to drop mixtapes as an apology for the wait of the album.