Has Lil Wayne finally joined the Roc Nation family?
During a Monday concert at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, the 34-year-old rapper sparked theories he had officially left Cash Money to sign with Jay Z’s record label. It’s a rumor Weezy fans are all too familiar with.
"Is it cool if I just say it?” Wayne said during the show before throwing up the Roc diamond sign. “It’s the Roc. You know I'm a member of that team now. We’ll talk about that later, though.”
No, Wayne. Some of us want to talk about it now. Did the New Orleans rapper actually ink a deal with Roc Nation, marking his first-ever label move? Or is he misleading us…again?
Rumors of Wayne signing with Jay’s label have been circulating for years—even before Roc Nation was launched. In footage taken in 2005, Wayne claims he had left Cash Money to join Jay and Def Jam Records. Of course, we now know his statements weren’t true; however, in light of Wayne’s ongoing legal battle with Cash Money, the move to Jay’s team has seemed more and more possible.
In 2015, Wayne announced at the KMEL Summer Jam he had signed a deal with his "motherfucking idol" Jay Z. People immediately speculated Wayne was officially added to the Roc Nation roster, but it turns out the deal was with Jay’s streaming service Tidal.
Fans received another false alarm during Wayne’s Camp Flog Gnaw performance in late 2016, when the rapper shouted: “I’m a motherfuckin’ Roc-a-Fella millionaire." Some expected Roc Nation to release a statement confirming their deal with Lil Wayne; however, months after the concert, we have yet to receive an official word.
Is Tunechi just taking shots at Cash Money by showing love to Roc Nation? Or did he finally ditch his longtime record label and sign with his “idol”?
We reached out to a Roc Nation representative for comment. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.