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Adding to the list of artists who want Birdman to run that cash money, is original Hot Boy Turk, who filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against the label boss earlier this month. Citing that he had not received royalties from the label since 1998, the rapper joins the likes of Lil Wayne and Tyga, who also have very public money-related gripes with Baby. And now, Turk has applied more pressure to the rap mogul regarding his suit.
“If they don’t answer by March 11, it will be declared a default judgement,” Turk toldAllHipHop.
Giving Birdman 21 days to reply, Turk is requesting that the label provide accounting documents for royalties owed to him. The rapper claims that Cash Money did not register his shares with BMI for his 2001 album Young & Thuggin’, nor for other other songs the rapper appeared on, including Juvenile’s “Ha (Remix).”
Birdman has remained reticent in all matters regarding Wayne, Tyga and Turk’s legal issues.
Last week, Drake dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late as a surprise release for sale on iTunes, following months of rumors that he had a mixtape in the works.
In a new interview with HipHopDX, DatPiff founder Kyle “KP” Reilly revealed that If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was originally planned as a free release on his mixtape site. Instead, Drake’s label, Cash Money, pushed for it to be released through retail. It was supposed to be hosted by DJ Drama as part of his Gangsta Grillz series.
“Originally we were in talks to release it for free,” Reilly said. “However the label was not in favor of that and they struck an agreement to release the project the retail route and it would count towards one of his albums.”
He added, “It was a mutual decision since he wanted to give it away. [The label] said, ‘Hell no,’ not in those words, so they ‘agreed’ to do it this way as a middle ground and it would count towards his Cash Money deal album total.”
The decision paid off, as If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 495,000 copies.
Drake’s mentor Lil Wayne is currently involved in a lawsuit seeking $51 million and contractual freedom from Cash Money.
Watch Drake’s new short film, Jungle: