July 10, 2013


Jay-Z Reveals the Letter That Stopped Him From Signing Lil Wayne

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Rumors surfaced in 2008 that Lil Wayne was talking with Jay-Z about moving from YMCMB to Roc-A-Fella. As you might have noticed from Weezy constantly shouting out "Young Money" in his music, that never happened. But the reason for the deal going sour was never fully explained.

Until today! In an interview with Power 105, Hova himself revealed the letter from Birdman to Roc-A-Fella that stopped this potentially game-changing deal dead in its tracks.

"The truth is, I had a relationship with Baby," Jay said to the Breakfast Club crew [YMCMB boss Birdman also goes by Baby]. "I felt it was only right to call him out of respect. So I was like, 'Yo I was talking to Wayne.' And then boom boom, after that we received a letter at our office for, I think it was, 'Torturous interference.'"

Although that piece of mail ended the possibility of Weezy on Roc, Hova doesn't sound bitter. "I would rather lose that situation and do the right thing than the opposite. I could have signed him and called [Birdman] after that, but I made the right choice."

It seems that for Jay, "Suit & Tie" isn't just a hit—it's a mentality. He's a gentleman even in business matters. Realistically, no one would have faulted him for whisking Wayne away from YMCMB—business is business—but he did right by a friend. There's no reasonable doubt he's a stand-up dude.