News: Juvenile Addresses Child Custody Battle & Cash Money Woes, "I Wanted To Be Compensated For My Work" [Video]
Sunday, Apr 22, 2012 11:09AM
Former Cash Money Records rapper Juvenile recently discussed his departuare from Birdman's label in the early 2000's and provided an update on his current child custody battle.
First focusing on Cash Money, Juvie said compensation issues forced him to leave the music empire in 2002.
I wanted to stay," Juve said in an interview "You never wanna leave a winning team. That's like [Michael] Jordan leaving the Bulls. I just felt like I wanted to be compensated for my work, I just wanted to get paid for it. ... Once the success came, things started switching up and I was paying attention. ... [Child custody battle?] if you want to know what the situation is, I want custody of my son. That's all that is." (Power 105.1)
Back in January, ex-Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh called out the label over money woes.
"We still have money issues. We will always have them, as long as Cash Money is selling anything that has Mannie Fresh on it. 'Til this day, I'm like, "Dude, what's going on? Where are the statements for this?" There's always some kind of complication, that's all I can say," Fresh said in an interview. "Everybody has to get paid. It would be something large if Cash Money did a tour with the first generation of artists, but with everything that's happened, we need money upfront and on top of that we all need our own attorneys. You don't get my money and pay me-I get my money directly." (Billboard)
A couple weeks ago, Juve clarified reports claiming he wanted a paternity test for his thirteen year-old son.
Rapper Juvenile tells TMZ ... he strongly believes he's the biological father of his 13-year-old son ... and claims he only demanded a paternity test as a procedural step to "get custody" of the kid. Juvenile recently filed court docs, demanding the test ... claiming he never established paternity when his son was born and didn't even sign the birth certificate at the time. He also claimed the boy's mother has had sexual relations with other people ... so there's a chance he's not the real daddy. But despite what he said in the court papers, Juv tells TMZ ... "My son acts and looks just like me. I am doing this for procedural reasons to get custody." (TMZ)
The same week, reports emerged online detailing Juve's paternity test request.
Juvenile has been a bit absent from the music community, but it looks like he's been battling a bit more than just trying to sell records these days. The "Back That Azz Up" rapper has been playing Dad for the last 13 years, with a baby mama requesting child support; even though their son stays with him a majority of the time. But recently Juvy has had an arrest warrant out for his supposed skipped child support payments totaling somewhere around $160,000. Perhaps he's never paid? Either way, Juvenile has taken this situation into his own hands and decided to file suit against his baby mama. (Fresh Like Dougie)
Check out Juvenile's interview below: