The Juvenile/Cash Money saga has been a long one. After he began his career as a Cash Money artist, Juvenile and the label have been at odds over financial matters. Now, Juvenile is speaking on how other artists wanted to leave soon after he left the CM ship. In an interview with Complex, Juve talks about how Lil Wayne once wanted to leave too.
“When Wayne was trying to leave Cash Money [in the mid 2000s], same thing,” he explained. “He was trying to find out how did I leave, what did I do, he wanted to see my paperwork. I was like you can see it, but you’re gonna have to pay me for it now because now I know you ain’t with me. You’re own your own because I’m definitely on my own. If you want the paperwork and help from my end, I need to be compensated for it. [He never paid for it].”
Juvenile also added that he feels “Wayne really got beat out of all his money.”
“Still up to the day, Wayne really got beat out of all his money and took another contract. That’s the part I never understood. I was signed to Atlantic and Jay-Z was excited about that because now we was about to get our own money. That’s what I really wanted. I wanted him to leave. All of a sudden he signed back I’m like, ‘Damn, what type of deal he got working?’”
Juve went on to say that Cash Money is still not giving Wayne what he deserves.
“If you notice the Young Money/Cash Money imprint, some of the stuff that need to say Young Money don’t say Young Money. I know Baby and I know Ronald [“Slim” Williams]. They ain’t giving up power of their company. They don’t care how big Wayne gets, they not giving up. If I didn’t get it, he ain’t getting it.”
Juvenile went on to add that he felt Wayne was “scared” to leave.
“I thought he was scared [that’s why he stayed],” Juvenile explained. “That’s how I took it. I was like, ‘You don’t have to be scared.’ I’m really from the projects. No disrespect to them, but I’m 10 times more street than they are. They would never go to some of the places I’d go, they’d never turn some of the corners I turned because they’re not like that. It’s two different ballgames. So I’m like, ‘Don’t let them niggas intimidate you. Don’t let that looking hard shit intimidate you because nigga I’m really with it. If you wanna leave, leave. You’re with me now, not them.’ One thing led to another and he signed back, but I took it as he was scared.”