Rapper Lil Wayne was the victim of an attempted shooting, involving his former record label. According to allegations Bryan “Birdman” Williams, owner of Young Money Records, hired a hitman to kill Lil Wayne in his tour bus. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian (The Point), Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick ?!), and Maz Jobrani hosts of The Young Turks discuss.
“Lil Wayne’s feud with his former label boss and adoptive father, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, is so serious that, rather than waiting to fight it out in court, Birdman and his new protege Young Thug tried to have Weezy killed in a Blood gang assassination, an indictment filed in a Georgia court implies. Although Birdman and Thugga aren’t facing charges, the case against the alleged shooter—Young Thug’s tour manager Jimmy “PeeWee Roscoe” Winfrey—suggests he was trying to take Lil Wayne out on their behalf.
In the week prior to the April 26 shooting, Birdman and Young Thug had intentionally antagonized Lil Wayne by dropping a Thugga mixtape called Tha Barter VI—a play on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter albums that implied Young Thug was taking Wayne’s spot in both the Cash Money hierarchy and the rap game writ large. It was origjnally called Tha Carter VI, but they had to change it for legal reasons, so they followed the Blood gang tradition of changing “C” (for crip) to “B.”