Birdman Denies Buying Lil Wayne’s Albums: ‘That’s Hustling Backwards’

Lil Wayne and Birdman

Lil Wayne rocketed to the top of the charts this week when he sold 964,000 copies of his latest album Tha Carter IV. The staggering amount had some skeptics believing that Birdman bought many of the copies himself, a claim he adamantly denies.

The Cash Money CEO appeared on Shade 45’s “Sway in the Morning” radio show to dismiss the rumors. “Nah, man, that really don’t make no sense. Why would we do that?” he asked Sway Calloway. “I press and distribute ‘em. Ain’t no need for me to buy ‘em. That’s hustling backwards; we ain’t in it for that. I ain’t ever been a part of that type of scheme to be buyin’ records. We don’t do that, homie. We be working too hard to be—that don’t go with what we do. We truly what we do. We’re real about what we do, we work hard every day at it, and we work for the people. That’s what we do music for: for people. And we appreciate the love they give us back. But no such thing as me buying no CDs. I wouldn’t even play it like that.”

Early reports had the album topping the million mark, but it fell short by 36,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. “People doin’ different numbers,” added Baby. “But this comes from Billboard. To me, that’s a million; 964, we right there, so it’s cool. We’ll just keep grinding, I guess.”

The next few months are shaping up to be even more profitable for Birdman with upcoming releases from Drake (Take Care), Bow Wow (Underrated), Tyga (Careless World), and his own album, Bigga Than Life.

[MTV News]



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69 Comments

  1. Yeah

    so artists do read comments on the internet kii

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Yeah, sway reads comments, stunna too busy countin

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    YUNG Reezy Reply:

    @uhuh, yah counting how many more Carter 4 albums he needs too buy to make it platinum. #hustlingbackwards

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    James Reply:

    @YUNG Reezy, U mad? LMAO Go jump off a bridge dumbass. Dont make up lies without facts. Must be a Camel fan LOL!

    #C4

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    Lo Reply:

    @YUNG Reezy, Lol

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    Ni**ga Please Reply:

    @Yeah, The Doo Doo Faced Bird, knows damn well that shit is a lie. he bought that shit, because he doesn’t like Jay. Ni**a, no1 is looking for you no more. Why you releaseing an album doo doo face? You Waaaaack Boy. Wack! &* Lets Keep it official WTT has made it into history as one of the greatest albums ever made – Wayne just did an album with OK tracks!!! Boo You Nigg*…

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Ni**ga Please, yall depressed.

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  2. Yeah

    maybe he shipped a million copies (shipments)
    I never question whether he did buy some copies, i just assume that a million idiots went and bought that wack ass cd :)

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    sigh Reply:

    @Yeah,sigh congratulation you accomplish something in your pathetic life you wasn’t one of the milli who bought that album yah yah.

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    Ni**ga Please Reply:

    @Yeah, Soooooooooooo TRUE. &/ @”Sigh” Goooo Home Ni**a

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  3. B-Rad

    They Lying through their Crooked Teeth!

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  4. shegotit

    Just cuz he says it doesnt make it so. I mean did you expect him to admit to it? I mean come on.

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    Mike504 Reply:

    @shegotit, But just because people say he did in the comment section on blogs doesn’t make it so either.

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    sigh Reply:

    @Mike504,Co-Sign.

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    Beyonce is desperate Reply:

    @Mike504, Co mother-f-ing sign.

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  5. Watever

    Deny Deny Deny. Like he gonna say “yea i do buy em”. Bye, bird.

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  6. THE MALEZ

    I really dont think he would buy the cds..That sounds soooo stupid!!!

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  7. Komnan

    I believe birdman ’cause if he had to buy any of his artist albums. I’d probably say he do that for bow wow. ‘N 964k is 964k, It ain’t amilli.

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    isabella! Reply:

    @Komnan, and also common sense, if birdman buys all those albums what does he get? a shit load of cds, and he loses hundreds of thousands of dollars. i mean his last album only sold like 150,000 first week so why didn’t birdman buy his albums then? come on people i know you are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lea Reply:

    @isabella!, Birdman is worth 400 million dollars.It wouldn’t hurt his pockets to buy the majority of Lil waynes albums cause we all know he did.

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    Bad Meet Evils Reply:

    @isabella!, Yes they are that stupid! The haters come up with any excuse to satify there pifiul life.

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  8. denzel

    i believe him ,, if yu go on itunes ,,, the carter 4 album has way more reviews already and its only the first week and jay n kayne album been out for several weeks ,, the number of reviews of the carter four is about the same as adele 21 album

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  9. Guuuuurl

    He fu**ing did. His jealous of Jay & Ye’s success with WTT! + no one is looking for Bird for anything, so sit #kissytunechi!

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  10. junior

    gaskiya if so happens,its a total backward husling dabi’a.

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  11. dooom777

    I Knew It… :D

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  12. smouas

    LOL now let me see C4 second week drop….KII

    and lol bird, 964k isnt a milli,dude go back to school.

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  13. mayo

    That doodoo face bought have those album lmao……..tryna beat hov and ye numbers wat a loser WTT still better

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  14. no 1 stunna

    gotcha!

    actually i did bought like a 50 000 copies, shipped em all to africa.. hehe

    nothing wrong with a lil charity ya digg money to blow

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  15. Wezt

    The way i c it is that evry1 dats finks he bought em are h8n he dun a mill with the carter 3 and his fan base has grown considerably since then ys it so hard 2 believe he nearly managed the same again the albums wack i admit bt nmbers dont lie so deal!

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    thatguy Reply:

    @Wezt, what the hell are you saying you illiterate f*ck, learn to spell maybe you can then learn to admire real music not that garbage by Lil Lame (Wayne for you dummies “following” this clown). He isn’t a “genius” he isn’t an artist, one thing I’ll give this joke is: he figured out a way to attract the stupid and that right there is f*ckin smart, other than that, whale singing with autotune is equal or better than this punk. HILARIOUS that his boyfriend bought his CDs HILARIOUS I tell you haha. Have a nice day you dumb f*cks.

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    Wezt Reply:

    @thatguy, Not sure if my reply was approved but erm where did you see me say it was real music or thtat the album was any good maybe when you learn to read you’ll see i said the albums wack what i said is true his done a million with carter 3 and when he did nobody was sayin birdman bought em now when he does 964k everybody hating and getting angry because he blew wtt out of the water lil waynes fan base has grown immensely since carter 3 so why is it so hard to believe he done 964k ya’ll just hating stop throwing shade and congratulate i wrote this reply perfectly just for you so now everything you said is now null and void DEAL!

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    thatguy Reply:

    @Wezt, the fact that you and everyone else supports this talentless clown proves that music isn’t in your vocabulary yet. I’m here to bash on Lame because I’m on a mission to make people see what a joke he is haha I just needed a little more of a solid proof of his boyfriend buying his “albums” to boost his cred. It’s hilarious whiter he admits it or not. It’s STILL hustling because the stupid will react to his “high sales” and say “oh shizznit! I gotz 2 buyz them traks! Gots to be fyah cause many sold yo!” call it hating or whatever but you gotta realize: WAYNE IS A NOBODY WITHOUT HIS EQUIPMENT (autotune, and such) oh and thanks for making the reply readable :) I appreciate that.

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  16. Whatever

    @THE MALEZ, CD’s don’t really make profit, they’re only 14 dollars. And the stores get a huge cut along with the producers, engineers, and label heads. After all that you don’t really have any money. So it’s not hustling backwards if your not making or losing any money.

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    Amid Reply:

    @Whatever,
    Co-sign.

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  17. Whatever

    CD still sucked tho

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  18. Triniti

    Regardless of whether he did or didn’t (and the likelihood of the latter is very far fetched, one thing remains certain):

    Carter III>Carter IV

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  19. beyonce flop singles

    thats beyonces dads job to buy grammys and beyonces cds

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    SweetyPlease Reply:

    @beyonce flop singles,
    Nah,
    It’s ya moms job…

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  20. kb

    he sure did say over and over he ‘didn’t’ buy those cds lol you only gotta say it once unless u hiding something

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  21. ThankMeLater

    watch the throne is still better though

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  22. sigh

    i didn’r believe he bought any albums way before he made this statement so this don’t apply to me…keep doing you wayne they just can;t believe you move so much units more than there favs…haters will be haters crabs in a bucket i tell ya.

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  23. Speechless

    he dumb AND he cant count. 964k is NOT a million.

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  24. mayo

    YOU ARE NOW WATCHING THE THRONE………..HAHA NIP ON THE WAY BABY

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  25. Kim34

    C2 is the best….. C4……no comment…..:-D

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  26. Joe

    Remember…400 Degreez is STILL the highest-selling album in Cash Money history.

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  27. kiki

    He did the same thing to Nicki Minaj,Pink Friday album.Young Money stays buying back there albums.

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    Jane Doe Reply:

    @kiki, Thank you. Everybody says that, even in the industry on the low. YM stay buying their own records. Baby brought Nicki’s fake record sales. YMCMB is the new ” Murder Inc”. Wait until the feds touch down, everybody will be exposed.

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    wdf 0_o ?!?! Reply:

    @Jane Doe, lmaooo u wild. first thing i thought when i seen this shit tho was theyve probably been doing that shit for years cuz trust be told, i dont kno anyone that has paid for music in years. i also i think wayne woulda had a hard time givin away a million cds.

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  28. what

    @kiki why didnt they buy khaleds album? or drake cuz drake flopped he was supposed to do a milli and only did 400,000 why didnt birdman make him do a milli?
    why wayne? cash money has tons of artist that dont sell

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  29. what

    and if he bought im sure he wouldve bought 40,000 more to make it top a milli…whats the point of buying albums if yyou didnt reach the goal of a milli? people are dumbfucks

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  30. RK

    Niggaz gonna hate… Double WTT’s first week numbers…

    Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t…

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  31. James

    LMAO he sold more than Watch the trashcan?! DAMN Wayne C4 go hard best album of the year! Haters know it the lp has straight bangers with the goat Nas on it! Damn you haters are jelouse your favorite rapper cant do it LOL! C4 and Take Care!

    PS Birdman means its basically a milli because only 40thou left!

    #HATERSTAYMAD

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  32. maya

    Birdman kissed his “son” on the lips & claimed he’s not gay, how are we supposed to believe he didn’t but those albums? Oh…

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  33. Beyonce is desperate

    Beyonce wish her album sold this much.

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    stewie Reply:

    @Beyonce is desperate, lmao what does this have to do with beyonce ? Your lame ass

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    Double Dee Reply:

    @Beyonce is desperate, fuck u beach, how can u say that.

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  34. hating is for suckas and getting money is for winners

    @beyonce is desperate…oh boy aint u desperate u cant keep beyonce name out of your mouth instead of your fave ..btw this is a lilwayne post and u talking about bey ..beyonce is a bad bitch she keep them haters talking *true fucking tea*

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  35. Jane Doe

    WOW yall stay believing all their lies & hype.

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  36. bknyhustle

    ebengregory.com/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/bird-man-hand-rub.gif

    hahaa brian that dude…

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  37. Joyams

    of course i didnt WTF

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  38. Kim34

    These album sales r gonna drop on the second week and we’ll birdman will have to say bout that lol…

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    Double Dee Reply:

    @Kim34, u be bad dull girl Kim

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  39. Hugh

    Wouldnt be surprised. We’ll never know

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  40. thekillertruth

    1. Birdman is known for distributing and buying their Own music. Since the 90′s going in to mom and pop stores and scanning Cd type sh*t

    2. the Cd was leaked 2 weeks b4 the release. I know wayne can sell a million ..but the first weeek? iono bout all that ..especially In 2011

    buy a million sell it in a cheap overseas market for the billboard scans then the single debuts at number 1 and the album sells more”

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  41. jan

    Birdman did something I believe that…

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  42. Lisa

    Alright, alright. I hear you, Birdman. However… If you’re working, “grinding” and “hustling” as hard as you and your team claim to do, then why the fuck aren’t you comin’ with some BETTER material? I could care less about those numbers, if I hear Wayne tell us how he fucks the world, and make it cum hard; or any other similar interpretation of that line, I’m going to explode. You say you work had, but it ain’t enough.

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  43. Kim34

    I guese its only drake who can save YMCMB from flopping…

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  44. Double Dee

    ya mami. lil wayne na die

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