Cash Money is playing defense once again.
Birdman and Cash Money records have denied Tyga's claim that he is owed $12 million by the label. According to TMZ, who spoke to sources close to Birdman, the rapper and mogul suggests that Tyga left Cash Money before fulfilling the requirements of his contract, namely recording one more album for the label. However, Birdman reportedly had "no problem" releasing the rapper as his sales were "sluggish."
In his interview on The Breakfast Club, Tyga claimed that, among other expenses, he was never paid in full for "Rack City," the 2011 single that reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 and has since been certified 4x platinum. With that being said, he has no plans to sue the label, at least not until Wayne's long-winded legal battle over similar issues is worked out. "I’m in a position to where I just want Wayne to get what he’s owed," he said. A TMZ source argues that Tyga's hesitance to sue is indicative of his lack of a case: "What person says they won't sue if they're owed $12 million?"
Tyga and Lil Wayne are far from the only artists to speak out about Cash Money's business practices. A number of producers including "A Milli" beatmaker Bangladesh and longtime Cash Money songwriter Mannie Fresh have expressed their lack of proper compensation in the past. Earlier this year, Rick Ross released "Idols Become Rivals," a song which takes Birdman to task for allegedly withholding royalties from artists. In the last line of the third verse he asks: "Last request, can all producers please get paid?"