Turns out Birdman does kiss and tell.
The Cash Money Records co-founder, 52, admitted that it was done out of fear — specifically, that it would be the last time he’d ever cross paths with Wayne, 38.
“I always looked at Wayne as my son and I always looked at it like, ’cause I was in the streets, and I thought this might be the last time he ever see me,” Birdman ominously said of the “Lollipop” rapper. ” ‘Cause I was living like that. That’s what that s – – t really started from ’cause I thought that every night I leave, I might not ever come back.”
Birdman also expanded on his paternal connection.
“I was his father when he didn’t have a father since he was 9 years old,” he said of Wayne, who attempted suicide at age 12. “And I love him like my own, and I’d give my life for him and I’d take a life for him.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the record producer stated that the only reputable opponent for a Verzuz battle against Wayne would be … Wayne himself.
“Himself, Wayne versus Tunechi,” Birdman said, referencing the frequent Drake collaborator’s nickname. “He got too much s–t going on, he don’t need to touch that. Come on, brother — this is Tunechi.
“This n—-r had 100 singles in one year. He passed Elvis Presley in one year. One hundred songs on Billboard, so I don’t think an individual could top that,” Birdman added. “The work Wayne put into it, I wouldn’t even play with that s–t.”
Birdman has previously addressed the smooch, notably during a 2009 radio interview with Tim Westwood.
“That’s my son. If he was right here, I’d kiss him again,” he said at the time. “I kiss my daughter, my other son — you have children? Well, if you did, you’d understand what I meant with it. I just think people took that too far, man. That’s my son. I’ll do it again tomorrow; I’ll kill for him. Ride and die for him.”
Rapper Turk — a former member of the New Orleans-based group Hot Boys, a band signed by Cash Money Records — also spoke about the kiss in 2014. He told VladTV that the young members of the record label looked up to Birdman like a father figure.
“They caught them in a moment [and] the fans and the media made it into an issue that it wasn’t,” Turk said. “They’re just like the mob — they kiss each other all the time. And I’m not with Baby and them to this day, but that was just something a n—a did in house.”