Exclusive: Lil Wayne, Birdman Hit With Third Lawsuit In One Week

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Rappers Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Willams have been hit with their third lawsuit this week, as music publishing company to Bridgeport Music filed a lawsuit against the pair yesterday (June 10th).

Bridgeport Music filed the lawsuit against Cash Money Records in the Central District of California Western division yesterday.

The copyright infringement lawsuit claims Birdman illegally sampled the song “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks,” a tune by Funkadelic off their classic 1971 album Maggot Brain.

The pair allegedly illegally used the sample on the track “Army Gunz,” taken from Birdman’s 2006 album Like Father, Like Son.

Bridgeport’s action is the third lawsuit brought against Lil Wayne, Cash Money and Young Money this week alone.


On June 9th producers Play-N-Skillz sued Lil Wayne for $1 million over unpaid royalties related to the track “Got Money” from his hit album Tha Carter III.

Last Friday (June 3rd), Lil Wayne was hit with a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit by producer David Kirkwood, who claims he’s owed unpaid royalties from Lil Wayne’s label Young Money, as well as Cash Money Records.

In March, Lil Wayne was sued for $20 million by producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison over unpaid royalties for his work while Tha Carter III.

Producer Bangladesh also sued over Tha Carter III, seeking his portion of royalties for his production work on the album.

Lil Wayne is currently preparing for the release of Tha Carter IV, which will be released in August.

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Motown Dispels Folding Rumors Started By Erykah Badu

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Motown Records has been putting out hit-after-hit since the late 50s and even when the factories stopped running in Detroit, Barry Gordy still managed to break music records in nearly every category. However, in 1988, Gordy called it quits selling Motown to MCA, Polygram and then to Universal. Some say Motown’s last great artist was Marvin Gaye so the label isn’t a huge player on the music scene anymore.

Erykah Badu must share the same sentiments tweeting the historic record label had finally disbanded after pushing out music for nearly 6 decades. “Motown Folded,” Badu tweeted on Wednesday (June 8) and within hours Twitter filled with RIPS, obituaries and memorials until Billboard released a statement shutting down the rumors.


“Although [Motown] is undergoing restructuring in the wake of Sylvia Rhone’s departure last month, it is not folding. At the time of Rhone’s departure, UMG planned to begin interviewing candidates to replace her, although what title that person will get depends on the qualifications he or she brings to the job. With Barry Weiss serving as the chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group, it is not clear that the replacement will hold the title of president.”

Rhone stepped down from her post in late May validating Badu’s claims to her 300,000 followers even though it wasn’t true. Badu later recanted her statement saying, “There must have been a better verb I could have used, ‘folded’ seems a little …I don’t know, cowardly, huh? Honest mistake.”

Badu signed to Universal in 1997 when she released her multi-platinum debut Baduizm. Motown Records might be going through a slump, but it’s certainly alive and kicking.

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Kanye West Calls Big Sean The ‘Beyonce Of Rap’

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On Tuesday night (June 7), the Hip-Hop industry gathered to get a preview of the highly anticipated Big Sean album Finally Famous. The night was filled with compliments words of advice for the rapper and of course G.O.O.D. Music.

The event was held in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel, with many big names in the game in attendance including Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Joe Budden, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West.

The event started off with Sean taking the stage and speaking to everyone about the album and about his journey. He thanked everyone from his friends and family to his fans for all their support. As he was delivering his speech he became teary-eyed.

“I’m not no bitch or nothing, man; this is a real moment,” said Sean as he collected himself.

Sean began to play Finally Famous in its entirety, occasionally rapping along with the songs. From the reviews that have been coming in since Tuesday, some songs really stand out from the rest. All and all the feedback has been mostly positive.

After the album ended, G.O.O.D Music founder Kanye West, who showed up late, gave an excuse for his tardiness. “I apologize I was a little bit late, I had a throne to watch.”

West went on to talk about Sean and his amazing journey. “I believe Sean’s story is one of the most amazing ever, because he literally got signed off a freestyle,” said Yeezy.

“To now, and I say it all the time, having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world. I feel like he can be like what Beyonce is to R&B, that he can be that to rap music. As far as G.O.O.D. Music go, the swag is just all the way up, this is what we do to the fullest!”

Finally Famous will be in stores on June 28 and below is the official tracklist:

Intro
“I Do It”
“My Last” (ft. Chris Brown)
“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
“Wait for Me” (ft. Lupe Fiasco)
“Marvin & Chardonnay” (ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
“Dance (A$$)”
“Get It (DT)” (ft. Pharrell)
“Memories, Part 2″ (ft. John Legend)
“High” (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang)
“Live This Life” (ft. The-Dream)
“So Much More”
“What Goes Around” [Bonus]
“Celebrity” (ft. Dwele) [Bonus]
“My House” [Bonus]
“100 Keys” (ft. Rick Ross & Pusha T) [Bonus]

Lil Wayne Is ‘Lonely At The Top’ But Fears The Bottom

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Few artists ever reach the heights Lil Wayne has, and for the Young Money captain, that is both a gift and a curse. And it’s a dilemma that Weezy tackles on “Nightmares of the Bottom,” a new track off the New Orleans lyricist’s upcoming album Tha Carter IV.

After performing the track for the first time during the taping of his “MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged,” set to air Sunday on MTV, MTV2 and MTV.com, the self-proclaimed Martian broke down the song’s meaning. “I mean simply, sleeping at the top with nightmares of the bottom,” Wayne told MTV News’ Sway. “Everybody says it’s lonely at the top. It is lonely, so I dream, though, and the only thing I dream about is being down there with the people that ain’t lonely. Thank God I am alone.”

With eight solo albums and more than 10 million records sold, Wayne has tasted too much success to see his stock dip, so for him, a fall back to earth is a definite fear, he admitted.


“And that’s simply what it is: nightmares of the bottom,” he added before rapping the song’s lyrics: “Sleeping at the top/ Nightmares of the bottom/ Everybody wanna be fly, until you swat ‘em.”

Lil Wayne Unplugged” features Tunechi performing acoustic versions of his already classic catalog and places Weezy in the same class as hip-hop luminaries Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill and LL Cool J, who also took the unplugged stage.

Lil Wayne is an amazing choice for Unplugged as he is at hip-hop’s forefront — leading a new generation of artists whose appeal spans across music genres and playlists,” Amy Doyle, MTV’s executive vice president of music and talent, said in a statement. “Lil Wayne’s skills, influence, and catalog are a powerful addition to the legacy of artists who have rocked the ‘Unplugged’ stage.”

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Tech N9ne Signs Autographs For 6 Hours

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Tech N9ne has always been dedicated to fans, because if you follow the rapper he is not always considered mainstream. Tech was at an album signing for his new record, All 6′s and 7′s, and fans showed so much support that the rapper had to reciprocate by meeting every single person there.

The event started around 3pm, but the line was so long and filled with dedicated fans that the rapper did not stop meeting his fans until 9:30pm. The only break in the event was for 7-minutes when Tech took a dinner break.

The Strange Music head honcho spoke about the event and his opinion on greeting fans. “The line was wrapped around the block, like it always is. It’s a blessing,” Tech told MTV News.


“I stand up the whole time to greet my fans. I don’t like sitting down in between a table, so it makes it harder to stand up and greet everybody how they come, but that’s how I like doing it. The day as a whole, it was successful. The album is selling really good everywhere. I’m tired as hell, but I’m proud at the same time.”

“I mean the world to them because they know I’m inside out, I give them everything,” Tech, who is in the midst of an 82 City-tour said. “They know that I push real hard to give them what they want, musically, performance-wise, everything — I open all the way up. That’s why people call me a cult leader, because my fan base is so hard-core and so devoted to the Tech N9ne, Strange Music movement.”

Tech N9ne’s new album, All 6’s and 7’s, features guest appearances by Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes.

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Flo Rida Hit With DUI Charge In Miami

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Rap star Flo Rida was charged with DUI early this morning (June 9th) in Miami, Florida according reports.

The 31-year-old rapper was pulled over in his Bugatti, near Miami Beach.

When police identified Flo Rida, born Tramar Dillard, they also found that he was driving the expensive car with a suspended license.

Flo Rida was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license.

In related news, Flo Rida is scheduled to head to Bangkok this Saturday (June 11th), where he is supposed to perform.

The concert in Bangkok is scheduled to kick off at 9:00 PM.

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