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By: Greg Lewis

Published on July 8, 2024, 4:00p.m. EST

Lil Wayne has spoke up on his surprise absence from the Cash Money reunion at Essence Festival over the weekend.

Although the rapper did perform at the New Orleans festival, he was absence from the Cash Money 30-year anniversary celebration which included appearances from Birdman, Mannie Fresh and fellow Hot Boys Juvenile and B.G.

The “A Milli” song writer addressed the conversations about his lack of participation via Instagram on Sunday (July 7).

“Funny story: I got hit up by somebody, somebody text me. I guess they had been at the show too long or something and they said, ‘You wrong. You know you should have came out. You wrong, Wayne. You had all these fucking fans out here. You didn’t come. You know you should have,'” he said.

Wayne then revealed his response to the message, coyly saying: “I’m like, ‘What you talking about? The afterparty or something?'”

Weezy did not mention Birdman or his former label mates directly, but he did shout out “all the artists that performed” at Essence Festival.

The festival was expected to showcase a full Cash Money and Hot Boys reunion, but that was not reality.

Wayne performed solo for 20 minutes after Birdman and Co. had closed out their set.

All except Juvenile then returned to the stage for a final song after Wayne had concluded his performance.

Lil Wayne apparently had the Cash Money logo removed during his set and replaced it with the Young Money emblem.

Former Hot Boy Turk was also absent from the event, which was addressed by Juvenile on social media.

It’s only one n-gga that ain’t in this bitch, you heard me?” he said. “He brought that on hisself. N-gga did a bunch of ho shit, he can’t take it back. He got to fault himself for not being here.”

Turk had previously warned that he would not be appearing at Essence Festival, citing the “business side of it.”

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