Despite reports to the contrary, Lil Wayne will not be signing a record contract with Roc Nation.
Instead he jumps aboard the sinking ship that is TIDAL.
Rumors have been buzzing this weekend that Lil Wayne would be signing with Jay Z’s record label and management company, Roc Nation, but according to Billboard, his manager has since confirmed that the rumors are indeed false. He will, however, be signing up as an ‘Artist Owner’ of TIDAL. Okay.
During the KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland, this Saturday (June 13), Lil Wayne announced that he “just signed a deal with [his] mother-fucking idol Jay Z,” leading many to, quite understandably, assume that he’d moved over to Roc Nation following a tumultuous end to his relationship with Birdman and Cash Money Records. You can catch the footage below:
It transpires that Lil Wayne’s label drama may not quite be over, as his manager Cortez Byrant has confirmed that Wayne’s comment was in reference to his already confirmed partnership with the TIDAL
fiasco project. Speaking exclusively to Billboard, Byrant said that “the Internet and blogs took his words out of context. When Wayne was speaking about the partnership with Jay Z, he was speaking about his new deal as an artist owner with Tidal.”
So that’s that.
Lil Wayne premiered his new single, “Glory”, through the subscription based music service last week and you can listen to it here, should you be so inclined.
Wayne’s willingness to get in bed with TIDAL proves that Jay Z hasn’t spent all of his industry capital just yet, but he’ll have a hard time attracting artists who don’t view him as their “mother-fucking idol”, especially with the news that pop goliaths Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams have signed to rival service, Apple Music.