Birdman, Young Thug Named in 30-Count Conspiracy to Kill Lil Wayne Indictment

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Rapper Lil Wayne was reportedly targeted in a shooting this past April. Mark Davis/Getty Images


The ongoing feud between rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman has gone to a dark and dangerous place. Us Weekly’s sister publication Rolling Stone got a hold of a 30-count indictment that names Birdman and his associate Young Thug in a conspiracy to kill Lil Wayne.

As first reported by Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, WSB-TV, the indictment uncovered new information about a shooting that happened this past April. Weezy, 32, was on his tour bus in Atlanta when the vehicle came under fire from two cars and was hit multiple times. 

According to WSB-TV, the indictment, which charges associate Jimmy Winfrey, alleges that Birdman, 46, and Young Thug, 22, were involved in a plot to kill Wayne on his bus following an earlier threat from Young Thug against the “Lollipop” rapper’s life.

The article ties the two performers to the Blood gang and includes a quote from the filing reading, “After Atlanta Police discontinued their escort, [Winfrey] and fellow Blood Gang members entered Interstate 285 from Atlanta Road in Cobb County in pursuit of the buses occupied by [Lil Wayne’s] group… The white sports car pulled beside the buses, shots were then fired into the buses from the sports car with a .40 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun.”

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Rappers Birdman and Young Thug Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Roger Kisby/Getty Images

The Washington Post reports that the two are not facing charges for the incident. WSB-TV’s report is just the latest step in the quick deterioration of Birdman and Lil Wayne’s relationship. The two were close personal friends — with Weezy even citing the “Money to Blow” rapper as a father figure — and worked together many times over the years, including on the 2006 release of their collaboration album, Like Father, Like Son.

The dynamic between the former Cash Money labelmates soured last year following a dispute over management and the release of Lil Wayne’s latest album, Tha Carter V. Wayne went on to sue Birdman and Cash Money for $51 million. 

For his part, Young Thug is also facing additional legal troubles. The Atlanta native was arrested on Wednesday, July 15, in Sandy Springs, Ga. for allegedly threatening to kill a security officer at a mall. 

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