Lil Wayne Announces Deal With His 'Idol' Jay Z

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Did Jay Z just swoop in and rescue Lil Wayne from the corporate clutches of Cash Money? While on stage at Bay Area hip-hop radio station 106 KMEL's Summer Jam event on Saturday, the "6 Foot 7 Foot" rapper startled the crowd by announcing that he just signed a deal with his "idol" Jay Z. This comes almost two weeks after Weezy became a co-owner of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming service and released his new song "Glory" on the website.

Lil Wayne announces he has now signed a deal with JAY-Z #tidal #rocnation #jayz #lilwayne @liltunechi

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If this means that Lil Wayne is officially a Roc Nation artist, he's in good company. Roc Nation is home to major artists like Rihanna, Rita Ora, Big Sean, Calvin Harris and more. Seriously guys — if these two musical titans have indeed teamed up, this could be a hip hop monopoly in the making.

It certainly isn't that difficult to believe considering Wayne's public fallout with Cash Money Records. In December, the rapper called out Cash Money CEO Birdman on Twitter, blaming his friend-turned-foe for pumping the brakes on the release of his oft-delayed album Tha Carter V. The beef even led to Wayne filing a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money in order to be released from the label, which has yet to be resolved.

Details on Wayne's reported move to Roc Nation are scarce at the moment, but we have to wonder where this purported deal leaves Nicki Minaj and Drake, who are signed to Wayne's Young Money Entertainment. Nicki is already a part of the TIDAL team, but Drake recently chose to sign with Apple instead.

Well, this is extremely complicated. Hopefully Jay Z's Roc Nation doesn't drive a wedge between the Young Money crew.

UPDATE: Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant told TMZ there's no Roc Nation deal and that Wayne was simply referring to his TIDAL partnership. We know, Drake — that was a close call.

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