Back in December, Lil Wayne said—and we’re paraphrasing here, but not by much—“I’m about to jump.” To which we collectively immediately replied, “How high?” And how far, and how fast? The Jump—which it turns out we’re still waiting for, like Tha Carter V—would/will be from Cash Money Records and CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams,” with whom Wayne has severed his father/son-style ties.
Over the weekend, it finally looked like The Jump was happening, and that The Jump would see Wayne landing at Jay Z’s Roc Nation. “I just signed a deal with my motherfucking idol, Jay Z,” Lil Wayne told a crowd at the KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland.
We were all ready for that to mean that Wayne had escaped Cash Money, with which he’s embroiled in a $51 million lawsuit. Alas, no such luck. Wayne was evidently just talking about his new deal with Hov’s streaming service, Tidal, where the new Weezy banger “Glory” debuted a couple weeks ago.
Manager Cortez Bryant told Billboard, “The internet and blogs took his words out of context. When Wayne was speaking about the partnership with Jay Z, he was speaking about his new deal as an artist owner with Tidal.”
Idolator notes that Tunechi’s love for Hov stretches way back to the Hot Boy$ era, when "he used to wear Rocawear and Reebok S Carters.” Wayne also invited Jay onto his landmark album Tha Carter III, where on the second track, “Mr. Carter,” the two Mr. Carters went all the way in.