Taking a chronological look at Lil Wayne and Birdman's ongoing beef.
Even as little as nine months ago, no one would have really expected Birdman and Lil Wayne to beef. The two Cash Money titans had a bond that seemed more powerful than your run-of-the-mill rapper/CEO relationship, with their father/son dynamic even birthing an album of its own earlier in the 2000s, and a sense of loyalty that seemed out-of-character for Birdman, at least when you considered his relationships with other Cash Money artists. But what began as a label-related rift between them has now spiraled into a situation that includes delayed albums, multi-million dollar suits, and most recently, an alleged murder plot.
How did we get here? That's a difficult question, and one that requires some close monitoring-- not just Wayne and Birdman, but everyone from Rich Homie Quan to The Game-- in the past few months. Dragging in nearly everyone tangentially related to either artist, this beef is one for the books, and will probably get a chapter to itself in future hip hop history books.
We've traced every story that's been pertinent to this conflict, and listed them chronologically below, giving you a complete (if a little confusing) timeline of Lil Wayne and Birdman's ongoing beef.
The first sign that everything's not A-OK.
Wayne's longtime manager is confronted by TMZ in a parking lot and tells everyone not to worry.
At Vice's 20th anniversary party, Weezy confirms that he has a problem with his label situation.
That clearly didn't happen.
He shares a lengthy Instagram post that reverses his previous statement.
The first signs of beef between these two.
But what does he know, right?
2/21 - Turk sues Cash Money
Wayne's fellow Hot Boy capitalizes and also sues Birdman.
That seems a little idealistic though.
Wayne's daughter was not happy.
This is where the conflict between Weezy and Thugger gets interesting/confusing.
And the trolling begins.
4/17 - "Barter 6" released
This two events will later be linked in an indictment.
Game plays his usual card of entering a beef that doesn't involve him.
And as quickly as it started, it's over.
6/2 - Suspect turns himself in
Jimmy Carlton Winfrey charged with "aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a firearm by a felon, and criminal gang activity."
To get back some of the money Birdman allegedly owes him.
Thug's former Rich Gang compatriot Quan added another layer of confusing label politics on top of this mess by showing to a studio session with Weezy. Perhaps to record a "Grindin" remix?