Update: Birdman has denied any involvement in the alleged plot to have Lil Wayne killed. According to sources close to Birdman, the evidence that police cited — that is, that shortly after Wayne’s tour bus was shot at, a phone call was placed between two cell phones both registered to Birdman himself, which authorities suggested meant the shooter was calling the Cash Money exec — is faulty. Sources claim the call actually came from a member of Wayne’s camp calling Birdman, and that since Wayne is still technically signed to Birdman’s label, it makes sense that the cell was registered in his name, as the call came from a company phone.
Just after being arrested in Sandy Springs, Georgia for making “terroristic threats” towards a cop at a mall, Young Thug is again in the news for potentially even more disturbing legal trouble. An indictment uncovered by Mike Petchenik of WSB-TV in Atlanta alleges that Thug and his Rich Gang mentor Birdman were, through their collective ties to the Blood street gang, co-conspirators with suspected triggerman Jimmy Winfrey in the shooting of former YMCMB partner Lil Wayne’s tour buses back in April.
The document does not charge Young Thug (real name: Jeffrey Williams) or Birdman (Bryan Williams) with any criminal activity, but it does create a timeline that cites various works (including an Instagram post from Young Thug and his “Halftime” video) as evidence of both the rapper’s association with Winfrey and his pattern of making threats toward Wayne, who was once his rap idol. The indictment also suggests Birdman’s involvement in the conspiracy, through the mogul’s own ties to the Blood gang, his bitter YMCMB label fallout with Wayne, and his continued partnership with Thug.
Again, no one but Winfrey has been officially charged or arrested in relation to the shooting, but the situation bears monitoring as it continues to play out.