New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne may be at the top of Young Money’s musical empire, but at one time the I Am Not A Human Being II emcee was very close to signing with Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records. Up until now the reason behind the deal never coming to fruition was not quite known, but during a recent interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Jay-Z spoke on the signing that never came to be.
According to the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper, the idea of Lil Wayne becoming a Roc-A-Fella Records signee started to become very bleak when a “torturous interference” letter was received shortly after Jay expressed his interest in Lil Wayne to Birdman.
“This is the first time I ever told this truth,” Jay-Z revealed. “The truth is after I had a meeting with Wayne—I had a relationship with Baby, when I used to go to New Orleans I would meet up with him…So, I felt it was only right to call him. I called him out of respect like ‘Yo, I was talking to Wayne. Just to let you know. Boom boom boom.’ So, after that I think we received a letter at our office for like torturous interference from a lawyer…And it all just went from there. I would rather lose that situation and do the right thing than the opposite. Cause I think I could have signed him. I could have signed him and then told him after. I did the right thing and I’m cool with that decision.”
Jay-Z continued to speak on Lil Wayne after being questioned about the rapper’s reference to his wife Beyonce on Tha Carter IV’s “It’s Good.” On the song Weezy raps, “Talkin’ ’bout baby money, I got your baby money/Kidnap your bitch, Get that ‘how much you love your lady’ money.”
The Brooklyn spitter didn’t seem too concerned with Wayne’s line, stating that he didn’t take the mention seriously or see it as “a threat.”
“It was aight. It’s part of the sport and the competition. I didn’t take it serious. I didn’t view it as a threat. I thought it was just a flip of a line that I said…I didn’t take it as a real threat. I took it as a flip of a line,” said Jay-Z.
Jay-Z’s interview with The Breakfast Club can be found below (via XXL Magazine).