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An infamous photo of Birdman and Lil Wayne kissing has been circulating since 2006 and the Cash Money Records head honcho addressed it once again in a recent interview.
“First of all, my own son, I would kiss him,” he explained on Big Bank and DJ Scream’s Big Facts podcast. “I always looked at Wayne as my son and I always looked at it like, ’cause I was in the streets, and I thought this might be the last time he ever see me,” he continued. “Cause I was living like that. That’s what that shit really started from ’cause I thought that every night I leave, I might not ever come back. And I always today look at Wayne as my child. I was his father when he didn’t have a father since he was nine years old. And I love him like my own and I’d give my life for him and I’d take a life for him.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Birdman talks about the allegations that he scammed his artists. “I don’t get my feelings in it, but I ain’t never took from no n***a,” he said at the 18 minute-mark. “I always bless n****s. I had some incidents early on because I was really young in this shit. I ain’t know no better. But, any problem I had I cleared it up. I paid my n***a. Remember because I was young. I’m telling you 20 years old. So, a lot of shit happened early on, I just ain’t know. And I’m with these white folks and they not attending to the business.”
He specifically addressed his legal issues with Wayne saying, “Any problem from my son on down, and I gave him 50 million, I cleared it up.”
Birdman and Wayne settled their label and publishing issues outside of court for an undisclosed amount. “I ain’t want my name like that, especially with Wayne… I’m nothing without this dude,” he said.
Cash Money Records is home to many Hip Hop legends including Juvenile and Mannie Fresh, and spawned the legendary sub-label, Young Money Records which is home to Nicki Minaj and Drake. But it turns out that Birdman had the chance to sign Kanye West before Ye inked a deal with Roc-a-Fella Records.
“Kanye West was with me before he was Kanye West,” he said at the 45:00 mark of the interview. “I knew he was special, I let him go because I had Mannie Fresh. Kanye came to me as a producer, and I wasn’t ever going to disrespect Mannie Fresh because I started with Fresh. It was either gonna be Fresh or ‘Ye, so I had to let ‘Ye go. He went to Roc-A-Fella, I flew him to Roc-A-Fella. We always kept a bond, but he was living with me at my house.”
Check out the full interview below: