By Amanda Wicks

The dispute over Tha Carter V may be less about Birdman holding up its release and more about money.

Related: Lil Wayne Clarifies Retirement Comments, is Done Working with Birdman

Sources shared with TMZ that Birdman doesn’t actually have the album’s master tapes. Lil Wayne does. But he’s not releasing them until he gets a paycheck first. The rapper is currently suing Cash Money Records for $51 million, arguing that he’s owned back royalties and never received the advance he was promised for Tha Carter V. In May, Lil Wayne also filed a lawsuit against Cash Money’s parent company Universal Music Group, claiming that it took profits that should have gone to him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Until he gets his money, Lil Wayne isn’t going to be offering up Tha Carter V anytime soon.

This latest news echoes Lil Wayne’s appearance on Undisputed yesterday (September 13). While he didn’t admit having his album’s master tapes, he did admit that he just wanted to get paid. He insisted his beef with Birdman was strictly business and not personal, even though he said he would never work with the producer again.


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