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JAY-Z helped Lil Wayne pay off taxes

by WENN December 27th, 2018, 10:59 am

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Rapper Lil Wayne has heaped praise on his "real friend" JAY-Z for helping him pay his taxes during his legal battle with former mentor Bryan 'Birdman' Williams.

The Lollipop hitmaker filed a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman, officials at his Cash Money Records label, and parent firm Universal Music Group in 2015 over money he was allegedly owed for his long-delayed album, Tha Carter V.

The two sides managed to reach a settlement earlier this year, allowing Wayne to celebrate his 36th birthday in late September by finally releasing the project.

He has been promoting the new material on his I Ain't S**t Without You Tour in recent weeks, and wrapped up the gigs with a stop in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, when the show was streamed live on JAY-Z's Tidal music app.

During the performance, Wayne went public with the hip-hop mogul's generosity, revealing the Empire State of Mind icon had been one of his biggest supporters during the tough time in his career.

"There's people like JAY-Z. He helped me out when I was really, really, really down. Really, really, really down…," Wayne told the crowd. "Jay don't want me to tell nobody (but) that man helped me with my taxes. He's a real friend, y'all (sic)."

The rapper also revealed how producer Swizz Beatz had helped him get his career back on track, adding: "There's people like Swizz Beatz, who's gonna send me every single beat he make and wants me to rap on every single one until I got my situation straight (sic)."

JAY-Z has long admired Lil Wayne, and even tried to sign him to his Roc-A-Fella Records label at the start of the Louisiana native's career.

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