Brian “Birdman” Williams and his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams have been accused of falsifying financial accounting records, in a new lawsuit filed by the owners of the record label that originally signed hit rapper Drake.
Aspire Music Group was created by industry powerhouses Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson, and Derrick Lawrence. In a new lawsuit, Aspire claims Cash Money deliberately interfered with their recording deal with the Drake.
“Defendants have brazenly engaged in a systematic and pervasive effort to cheat Plaintiff out of its contractual entitlement to tens of millions of dollars in profits and royalties, and to its one-third ownership interest in the copyright to Drake’s first six albums. Plaintiff brings this action to right this egregious wrong,” the new claim reads.
The lawsuit claims the Williams’ and Cash Money provided fraudulent accounting statements, and beat Aspire out of their portion of a $10 million advance Drake received from Cash Money, to deliver his first six albums for the label.
Aspire also claims Cash Money rarely presented any statements regarding Drake’s earnings, and when they did, the documents comprised of mostly overstated deductions, and eventually, nothing at all.
In the latest action against the legendary label, Aspire says it is owed at least $4 million Drake’s $10 million advance, not including what they might be owed in royalties from Drake’s hit albums like Thank Me Later, Take Care, Nothing Was The Same, Views and even his most recent playlist release, “More Life.”
The latest claims are part of a lawsuit Jas Prince allegedly filed against Cash Money.
Whilst rapper Lil Wayne is also suing the label for $51 million, claiming Birdman and Cash Money are holding his money and his highly anticipated album Tha Carter V, hostage.