Birdman Denies Buying Copies of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV [Audio]

As soon as the official Nielsen SoundScan numbers for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV came out yesterday (September 6), naysayers have gone online to allege that Cash Money co-founder, Bryan “Baby” Williams bought copies of the disc to bulk up the LP’s stats.

As previously reported, CIV sold 964,000 units in its first week, but according to Baby, he didn’t buy any of those copies.

“I press and distribute [CDs], ain’t no need for me to buy em.,” Birdman told Sway on his Shade 45 morning show earlier today. “That’s hustling backwards, we ain’t in it for that. I ain’t ever been a part of that steam to be buying records. We don’t do that homie. That don’t go with what we do. We true about what we do, we real about what we do, we work hard every day at it.”

“There’s no such thing as me buying those CDs,” he added. “I wouldn’t even play it like that. I don’t think that’s gangsta, nor fair ball, I ain’t even in it for that.” [Listen below]

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/BABY_SWAY.mp3]

Lil Wayne took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support last night.

“Wow!!!!!!!!!! I have the best fans in the universe,” he wrote. “I thank u all. Hard work and dedication pays well. Young Mula baby!(weezy voice) (sic).” —Elan Mancini

  • josh

    I think if Birdman did buy copies, he would have at least bought enough to bump sales over 1 million units. So that probably is a false allegation.

    swag.

  • jonny bizness

    I don’t think nobody would have predicted Weezy doing numbers like this.I say fair play to YMCMB they are the num 1 selling crew in hiphop I tip my hat off 2 em.I can see Weezy using Jay’s own words against him.Jay has now got a competitor that is worthy of another Takeover if he has it in him.

    • $yk

      jb what’s popping homie?

      even I didn’t think the #s would be this high…I thought a quarter mil to start and eventually platinum status once the singles and remixes got out there (remember YM was downplaying the 1st week #s last week).

      • jonny bizness

        I’m good $yk I had the same thoughts cos John and 6ft 7ft wasn’t everywhere like Lollipop and a Millie was I thought 400k max.This is amazing considering it has got panned by critics and leaked a good 5 days b4 release.

        • $yk

          although this project is not better than 2 or 3, I’m not gonna take away from it’s success…

          ‘Deeper Than Rap’ is better than this project…regardless of what people EMOTIONALLY feel about these 2 rappers

  • mutada mullah atari

    This fucking guy can’t win no matter what he does, why is it so fashionable to hate on cash money, shit man you would think that all of you washed up FL studio beat making, 100 dollar guitar center green tag Mic recording, cracked nuendo using, not mixed or mastered, YouTube uploading aging rappers would look at this camp as an inspiration on how to run a label.

    Any predictions on gay coles first week numbers? Lol

    • GOD2u

      I was fuckin with you till I got to the Gay Cole part…

      Last time i checked your boyfriend Weezy Kisses niggas on the mouth wears womens clothing and quite frankly has alot of female tendancies. Lip ring included.

      PUNK BITCH.

      • mutada mullah atari

        Most of you broads only like Gay Cole because someone told you you should like Gay Cole. Pimp C would be proud, the South wins AGAIN.

        88K tops for him first week, if they don’t push the bitch back. Another L for Camel as a record label head. Bwahahahaha

        • $yk

          “Most of you broads only like Gay Cole because someone told you you should like Gay Cole.”

          ^ LMAO

          it’s true…I usually stay out of Wayne convos because I know who I’m dealing with, lil kids who are just following what’s trendy…Wayne’s been around long enough to get the old & new heads looking.

          Cole has a serious problem though…he’s been releasing nothing but snooze-fest material…and Jay just “sent” a verse for Cole’s project…instead of being THERE in the studio to oversee and go in the booth accordingly. The best thing for Cole to do is go back to his ‘The Warmup’ days and leave the Hov co-sign in the rearview mirror…

          • mutada mullah atari

            What up $yk peace fam,

            Wayne is 30 years old, so the fact that he has managed to capture the tween and early twenties market is a feat in itself. And while you’d find very little Wayne material getting replay on my ipod, I honestly can say that I enjoy waynes post syrup material far more than cole. Is this a Cole vs Wayne thing no, it just shows what happens when a record label invests in artist development, coupled with a strong work ethic and rabid fans. Something that for all of his bragging and bluster camel has yet to do outside of Dame and LA Reid.

          • $yk

            but these cats are looking at Hov’s bank account & accolades…

            they ain’t listening to a rich guy talking to a poor hood cat (although Wayne is the same way)…

    • Natus

      LOL 250K bitch. EAT IT.

  • Tunchis Back 707

    DAMN….yall really can’t except the fact that Weezy is Number 1 in this Rap Game. Don’t get it twisted I am a Jay fan as well and I respect the hell outta Jay / Kanye they are 2 of the best in this sh*t thats why I went out and bought that WTT album same day it came out…..But they just can’t see Weezy and YMCMB right now….They on top…I ain’t saying everyone in the camp is poppin but look at the people from YMCMB making noise right now…. Weezy, Drizzy, Nicki, DJ Khaled (Fool cant rap but he sells records)…..Common man Baby is a baller he aint gotta do no shady sh*t to boost record sales…..Weezy is the best rapper alive (and the most interesting) thats why people wanna hear him….. #’s don’t Lie YMCMB still on top and Weezy tha Boss.

    • $yk

      if you’re gonna ride for dude at least spell his nickname right…it’s TunEchi

  • Justin

    BUSTED!!! Just like Tha Carter 3 was bought to make Wayne sales look good. Don’t think twice that CEOs don’t buy copies themselves to boost their artists sales, read between the lines folks!!

  • hater

    White people sure do love wayne… Black people dont buy albums

  • anthony

    i know alot of women that were die hard weezy fans that didnt buy the carter 4. then, alot of people that bought the carter 4 didnt give care for it. Unless he made new fans on this album it looks like cash money has alot of carter 4 sitting in a warehouse somewhere.

  • swype-matic

    Just to keep it real in here, I’m happy for the sales for the sake of hip hop, but I’m not really down with a garbage album that at most only has 3-4 good songs on it, with 2 of those good songs not even having Wayne on it.

  • Sean Izzle

    Whooo Kemosabe! Big Ballin is my hobby! :D

    Tha Carter IV is the worst album ive heard in a long time. Im just being honest :P. It shouldnt be a Tha Carter album, it shouldnt be called Tha Carter. Robin Thicke is not featured on it. Nowhere is he on the album and therefore it doesnt carry the Tha Carter album tradition alive.

    Next time Lil Wayne u can do it

  • Sean Izzle

    But no hate, the album sucks. But he did mind blowing amount of numbers. So I take my last sentence back :]

    Weezy did it fuckin big this time but I didnt like the album

  • Uknow

    BABY BROUGHT 500k OF THE CD’S…..YAW think its a game. haha
    RAP GAME IS GHEY SMH….

  • Larry Loc

    SOUTHCIDAL!!!

  • 305sBoyJR

    REAL TALK!

  • http://detroitrap.com FRED

    THIS IS FUNNY BABY!!! UMMM U DAMN WELL NO ITS THE PERFECT MOVE TO BUY A BUNCH OF ALBUMS TO MAKE IT LOOK GOOD SO IT SELLS MORE ITS A SALES PITCH ITS FUNNY WHEN CATS BULL SHIT BOUT SUMTHING THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE LMAO WHY NOT BUY ALBUMS TO PUMP UP RECORDS LOL AND REALLY IF HE DID IT DO THINK HED TELL TRUTH ? LMAO NO SO IT WAS A BIZZ MOVE IT MUST BEEN DESPERATE MOVE U DAMN WELL NO HES LYNING LMAO HE SHOULD OF JUS TOLD TRUTH I WOULD OF BEEN LIKE YEAH GOD MOVE AND BOUGHT HIS ALBHUM

  • Aaron

    this cd is wack to me……record labels have been doing this for a long time…….no surprise!

  • omg1234

    the cater 4 is one of wayne’s worst albums. nobody bought that shit.