Lil Wayne Producer, T-Minus, Responds to Beat Theft Allegations

Lil Wayne is no stranger to lawsuits. Just last week, Birdman, Jr. was hit with legal action for allegedly stealing the instrumental to his current smash hit, “How to Love” off of Tha Carter IV. Wayne’s follow-up single, the Drake-assisted “She Will,” has also come under fire, but it’s yet to yield a lawsuit—perhaps because the plaintiffs don’t have a case.

On August 12, Canadian singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie took to Twitter to question whether “She Will” illegally sampled his single, “The Cloud.” “Did I just get sampled by Lil’ Wayne,” he tweeted.

T-Minus, who produced “She Will” in addition to other hits like Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” and DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One,” says Guthrie’s record came out months after Wayne’s single was recorded.

“That record [“She Will”] was done before his [Jim Guthrie's] was even released so there’s no way I could have sampled it.,” T-Minus told XXL.

Guthrie’s “The Cloud” was released on April 5, 2011 and T-Minus told Complex the record would be featured on Tha Carter IV on January 5, 2011.

On August 17, upstart Atlanta rapper J-Lie accused Wayne and Drake of stealing the “She Will” instrumental from his single, “Letting Go.”

“I recorded that song probably five months ago,” J-Lie said in a YouTube clip. “I can’t go at them. I mean, I’m not mad. That’s the industry and all that, but that’s crazy.”

According to J-Lie, “Letting Go” was recorded around March, still three months after T-Minus first announced the record’s arrival. J-Lie apparently isn’t the only rapper trying to eat off T’s plate. Several other rappers have accused Wayne of stealing the track.

“The beat was in circulation ’cause I’ll give a beat to somebody to give to an artist and that will end up somewhere else and just passed around,” the Toronto producer explained. “I sent that beat out to a few artists. I gave it out to [Young] Jeezy, I gave it to a few people, but it so happened that it got to some local artists. They got a hold of it and I told ‘em before the Wayne record had come out, do not put the record out, but they still decided to put the record out.”—Carl Chery

Tune in to XXLMag.com later today (September 2) to read about Lil Wayne’s new producers, including T-Minus, speak on their involvement on Tha Carter IV.

  • Joe

    Im not buying it, something smells fishy. T-Minus looks like someone that would go on Soundclick bitting nigg*s beats. lol

    • WeGlobal

      ur dumb as fuck

  • yizzle

    at the end of the day, to these local artist say that they got the beat and recorded to it, the beat is not yours until you PAID for it which i assume they didnt do. wayne probably paid for it, therefore its his song

  • TASK1

    Ha I find this story funny as hell because I made a beat that sounded almost exactly the same (minus the percussion) about a year ago in Riverside, Ca and gave it to a gogo dancer/singer. My track has more of a soft rock feel. The guitar riff is a sample from reason 4.0 and probably other production programs. When I heard Weezy’s song I was like WTH… but soon realized there is millions of people who have access to these samples aswell…. I guess all i can say is great minds think alike.I keep it movin and make more slappers, next time I wont just give anything to anybody.. keep it 100 xxl…

  • Cylla

    kill all that noise TASK1. everybody and they mama wanna get fame off of other people’s hard work and success. your percussion was different my ass. make hit record and get placements.

    next to planking, claiming you produced “She Will” is the next biggest trend online.

    • facts

      @ Cylla, pleeeeease how the hell do u know what goes on behind the curtains? The industry is a dog eat dog game and dudes be jackin beats all the time if ur shit aint protected. I agree with TASK1 keep it moving and do work, protect that shit though. I am familiar with reason and if u go through the samples you will find that “RIFF” for sure. you must be planking on Waynes tip

  • TASK1

    I’m not taking credit for anything at all!! I love to see people eat. I might be alot of thing but a hater or a lyer…. naw, not me! I make music and its only a matter of time b4 you see me in XXL… at least the break… u feel me

  • L.E. Square

    He used the same foundation for Poppin Bottles for T.I. LAZY!!!!

  • Sheleta Edwards

    The background music sounds like the outgoing music from the Serial Killer Show Dexter named Blood Theme by Daniel Licht.

  • DjayKahyoh.Com

    The thing about this Rap Game is this … Niggas aint creative PERIOD~ I make all my shit home made like cooking stew when U produce lazy or use tutorial sounds from your FL9 REASON LOGIC ETC thats why its easy for a bench riding cat to sound the same like watchn from the sideline U so ready to play U come in the game doing what U hear the real producers do instead of sittn and creating from scratch, So Yeah I Wouldnt Believe None of These MF’s Word UP

    DjayKahyoh , Chgo IL (Producer)

  • Brandon

    If you didn’t pay for the beat it isn’t yours, Simple.

    bunch of wack lame local ruining good beats with there sh*t rhymes