Cash Money Records head Birdman recently spoke about his music empire and why despite the riches and fame, nothing came overnight.
Birdman attributes his continuous grind for helping him make Cash Money one of the biggest music labels in the record industry.
“First it’s based on hard work, a grind,” the Cash Money CEO began to explain of the crew when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday. “I’ve been doing this half of my life, 22 years of my life — I’m 44 years old and I think it’s just a symbol of hard work and it pays.” (MTV)
He also spoke about recruiting non-Cash Money artists like Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana, Future and more for an upcoming compilation album.
On June 25, Birdman will release his Rich Gang: Flashy Lifestyle compilation, and while the project will be released on Cash Money Records, it will feature music from non-YMCMB stars as well. “We have other artists like Future, who is not signed to us but a part of us. French, Ross, Meek and all these [guys] are friends that we rock with and call on,” Birdman promised. “A lot of business we do don’t necessarily have to be about money, it’s about relationships and this is about people that we have relationships with.” (MTV)
Last February, the rap executive brought out a Rich Gang underground project.
Stated by VIBE, In honor of all-star weekend Cash Money boss Birdman brings together Drake, Lil Wayne, Caskey & the whole YMCMB team on the Rich Gang: All Stars mixtape. The compilation plays like a token mixtape, stock full of several YMCMB new releases from the past few months. On it you’ll find Drake’s new single “Started from the Bottom,” Lil Wayne’s “Awkward” and the recent “Karate Chop (Remix)” from Weezy and Future, but this freebie also includes the new cut “Fly Rich” featuring Future, Tyga, Meek Mill and Mystikal and other presents.
In early spring, Birdman took a prominent spot on Forbes’ Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists list.
1: Diddy, $580M
2: Jay-Z $475M
3: Dr Dre $350M
4: Birdman $150M
5: 50 Cent $125M
Birdman, The New Orleans native cofounded Cash Money Records two decades ago with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams (Birdman’s net worth would be well over $200 million if his ownership in the label wasn’t shared). 50 Cent: Now he’s trying to replicate the latter feat with companies like SMS Audio, his answer to Dr. Dre’s Beats, and SK Energy, which has its sights set on category leader 5-Hour Energy. (Forbes)