News: Lil Wayne Producers Deny Cash Money Lawsuit Rumors, "It's Not Fair To Wayne"
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:15PM
Producers Play-N-Skillz have cleared the air on their unpaid work for Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III and denied reports of them filing a lawsuit against Cash Money Records.
Speaking with DJ Bay Bay, the producers said Weezy should not be at fault for them not yet being compensated for records like "Got Money."
"First off, shout-out to Wayne and everybody because it's really kinda a misunderstanding," they explained. "There is no lawsuit as we speak, we working everything out. But the whole thing is we had not been compensated for it right now, we haven't been paid but sometimes it takes time for paperwork to be done...The music business right now just don't like to pay nobody...I don't think nobody on that project has [been paid] yet. The Carter III has received lawsuits, prior to us there was another sample issue, there was another producer that jumped up and it's kinda not fair to Wayne at the same time. And I'm not saying trying to take his side because homie's doing his thing. I'm sure Wayne and them got their money up front but I ain't got mine. It's close to four million records, it's one of the biggest selling albums in a long time. I just wanna get a little bit." (K104)
Skillz recently broke the news on not being paid by Wayne's label for their work.
"We haven't gotten any compensation," he said in an interview. "We really didn't want to speak on anything like that, just because of our relationship with T-Pain and Wayne. We're more thankful for the opportunity to be on Tha Carter III, but business is business at the end of the day." (All Hip Hop)
Former Cash Money Records associate Tristan "T Mix" Jones sued the label for $2 million in damages over an alleged breach of contract earlier this year.
In a federal lawsuit, Jones claims he signed an exclusive production contract with Cash Money Records in November 2005. In exchange for Jones' exclusive production services, Jones says Cash Money promised to pay production royalties on the suggested retail list price. Jones says Cash Money owes him at least $2.25 million, but has paid him only about $187,000. Jones seeks damages for breach of contract in Federal Court. (Courthouse News Service)
Wayne recently had to turn over financial information on Tha Carter III to a folk singer who previously accused him of copyright infringement.
U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III ordered the New Orleans rapper to hand over records about the sale of 2008's Tha Carter III last March. Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims in a federal lawsuit filed in May that Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample her song "Once" in the track "I Feel Like Dying." The lawsuit says Lil Wayne's record label, Cash Money Records, failed to negotiate a license to use Swanepoel's song before millions of people downloaded "I Feel Like Dying." (Associated Press)