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On Saturday morning, hip hop fans woke up to a shocking series of tweets from Lil Wayne. Something was not right.
For one, Lil Wayne had been increasingly unhappy with his label. Celebrating his second annual Lil Weezyana Fest in his hometown of New Orleans, Weezy said he had three words for Birdman and his former friends: Fuck Cash Money.
Lil Weezyana marked a major victory for the artist, serving as a way to showcase local musicians as well as his latest collaborations with 2 Chainz. The rappers released the collaborative album Collegrove in March, credited only 2 Chainz due to Weezy’s ongoing label disputes with Cash Money.
Could this be what led to Lil Wayne’s early morning tweet?
I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I'm dun— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 3, 2016
The message was especially troubling considering a Friday afternoon hoax in which cops were called to Weezy’s Miami Beach home. Officers responded to reports of a shooting only to discover no issues whatsoever. Lil Wayne and the MBPD exchanged pleasantries online and that was that.
Luv to the miami PD for always being alert, attentive, & appropriate. Thk u— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 2, 2016
In terms of danger, Lil Wayne’s early Saturday morning tweet proved to once again be a false alarm.
ain't lookin for sympathy, just serenity— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 3, 2016
I'm good y'all don't trip— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 3, 2016
It’s worth mentioning that the rapper born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. has previously contemplated leaving the music industry. Whether he walks away, goes on hiatus, or powers through, Lil Wayne has the support his fellow musicians.
Dear @LilTunechi I just wanna remind you that absolutely nothing and no one in this world can defeat you. Tell them devils back back.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 3, 2016
Prayers up 4 whatever u may be enduring right now this to will pass & may u find PEACE🙏🏾 I will always be a fan of your work🙌🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 3, 2016
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.