After legal battles and social media spats, Birdman is speaking out about his current beef with Lil Wayne. The CEO of Young Money spent 48 hours with Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez at his Miami mansion to clear the air on any misconceptions regarding what has transpired these past few months. In part one of the two part interview, Birdman speaks on his current relationship it Lil Wayne; their drink throwing incident; allegations of his connection with Wayne’s tour bus shooting; and whether he’ll allow Drake and Nicki Minaj to leave with Wayne. See a few excerpts.
His relationship with Lil Wayne:
Wayne forever my son that ain’t goin’ change no matter what. We did that. What’s going on is some business and my perspective is I’m going to do whatever he want to do but he’s still my son. I want him to make a decision that he wants to make. I bought us in this game, brought us from nothing to something. He took it and brought it to another level, that’s what he’s supposed to do with us being a team. At the end of the day, no matter what he want to do, I’m with it, that’s my son, I love him to death. He has my blessings and I’m going to support it. Whatever he wants to do.
On whether he paid him:
I gave him a 100+ million dollar contract, 6/7 million up front. It didn’t take a corporation to do this. I did this for my son and it meant the world that I was able to do that and bless him in that manner and what’s going on now I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. I do know that’s my son and I’m going to still support his life, whatever he wants to do I’m with it.
Why he doesn’t see their beef bad:
It’s not considered bad to me. I still talk to him. Media make it worse than what it is. Me and my son don’t scream at each other. I’m a man, he respects me as his pops and that’s my son I respect him as my son. It’ll never be a day where he’ll speak to me in a disrespectful manner. We ain’t come from that cloth.
Whether he’d let Wayne go:
I’m not going to let him go. But if he wants to go, I’m going to respect his calling. If he says he wants to go. I’m not going to stand in his way. I can fight it if I choose to. If he tells me “pops its time to move on” — I haven’t heard it from his mouth. A lot of our misunderstanding is that our business got so big and everyone got in our business and it ain’t me and him. It’s all these other motherf—kas who in the business who are trying to get him.
On the drink-throwing club incident:
I would never personally throw nothing on my son. I wouldn’t throw nothing on no man. If you look at the tape, I’m in the section ducked off. I talked to Wayne right afterwards—who to say it was threw at Wayne it could’ve just hit Wayne.
On his alleged involvement in tour bus shooting:
That’s like the craziest sh*t that I’ve ever heard in my life. I’m passionate about my family, my kids, that mean more to me than anything. I was born without parents at a boarding house. My children mean the world to me. You crazy if you think that. I ain’t trippin, you trippin, ya’ll trippin. You know how I am about Wayne. Ya’ll know the love I show him. I made him. I love him. That’s my son. I ain’t with none of that. I don’t play no games.
On worrying about Lil Wayne:
But Hip Hop get gangsta sometime. You got to prepare for it when it come to you. If it come to you or come around you. This shit really gets violent sometimes. It’s Hip Hop. We chose this life. We in this shit and we got to be ready for it.
On Drake and Nicki Minaj not going anywhere:
That’s gossip. Because the reality of it is: Nicki and Drake ain’t going nowhere, regardless. Both of them — [are] very [happy]. And I got much respect for both of them, because they got enough respect for Dwayne Carter and Bryan Williams. You’ll never hear nothing out their mouth’s negative about either of us, because we both have blessed their lives. So Nicki and Drake, regardless of what’s goes down with us, they not going anywhere.
Being hurt by Lil Wayne’s tweet:
That was shocking to everybody. I never thought he would say anything negative about me ever, in no lifetime. I never thought that could ever happen. For that man to open his mouth and say something negative about me — that was a lot, that sh-t f–ked my day up. I love my son, he mean the world to me. For that man to say something negative about me, that affected my life.
On not speaking about the incident to Wayne but still speaking to him:
I ain’t speak to him about it. I just take it for what it is. I ain’t gon’ call him. I’m an in-person type of person, so I stay to myself. I’ve seen him a few times. We work everyday right next door to each other — my studio and his studio is right next door, so I see him everyday. I don’t say nothing. Sometimes I go over there, listen to his music. It’s not an everyday thing that we come in each other rooms but I do go over there and check on him.
See the full interview below.