When he’s not lighting up the NBA as one of the league’s best point guards, the Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard spends his off time as Dame D.O.L.L.A., his rap alter-ego.
On Oct. 21, Lillard released his debut album, “The Letter O,” which included guest appearances from Jamie Foxx, Raphael Saadiq, Juvenile and Lil Wayne. Unfortunately for Lillard, just days after the album’s release, Lillard had to remove Lil Wayne from the album.
The NBA star took to Twitter to reveal the news. “Unfortunately, I am being forced to remove Lil Wayne from #TheLetterO track ‘Loyal to the Soil’,” he tweeted. Lillard didn’t reveal any details about why he had to remove Weezy but according to another tweet, Lil Wayne’s “parent label” was the reason.
It’s uncertain which label asked to get Wayne’s verse removed but the rapper’s parent label is Cash Money Records, which is distributed by Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group.
Due to Lil Wayne’s ongoing feud with Cash Money Records and its co-founder, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cash Money demanded his removal. The rapper’s feud with Birdman and the label dates back to 2014 when Wayne accused Birdman of delaying his album, “Tha Carter V.” This eventually led to Lil Wayne filing a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records.
Since then, Wayne has taken shots at Birdman and Cash Money in songs and during concerts, usually yelling, “F--- Cash Money” during his performances. While he hasn’t been able to release “Tha Carter V” album, Wayne did release the “Free Weezy Album” through Tidal. Unfortunately for Wayne, that release came with a cease-and-desist letter, according to his manager Cortez Bryant.