News: Cash Money Records/Warner Music Group Merger Reportedly In Works

Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 9:00AM

Written by Biz Jones

New reports suggest Birdman's Cash Money Records imprint may possibly be joining forces with rap mogul Lyor Cohen's Warner Music Group.

While details are sketchy, meetings have already been placed into motion.

If worked right, this merge could be HUGE! Last week while Baby and Lil Wayne paid a visit to a Manhattan courthouse for Wayne's gun case (he'll be sentenced Feb. 9th), they also paid visit to Warner Music Group's HQ's. Details are extremely sketchy at this point, but an EXTREMELY reliable source confirmed with me that a "secret secret hush hush* meeting occurred with several major big wigs from both parties (Oh hai Lyor Cohen & Brian Williams). A quick note before I get out of here: Gee Roberson (the founder of the management empire, Hip Hop Since 1978) co-manages Lil Wayne and Drake- two actives players under the Cash Money/Young Money umbrella. Gee also still serves as the president under Atlantic Records' Urban Division. Put the pieces together. (BET Sound Off)

Birdman recently spoke on the fire power behind his Cash Money and Young Money rosters.

"Drake is in the studio," Baby said in an interview with DJ Semtex. "We got a tour starting, a Cash Money/Young Money tour starting December 17th and that's with everybody. Kevin Rudolf, Jay Sean, myself, the whole Young Money camp, just the whole squad and Nicki has a new album coming out at the top of the year and Drake's new singles and new album coming out the first quarter. I'm excited about that. And we got Bow Wow coming out, Kevin Rudolf and everything that we doing right now." (DJ Semtex TV)

Young Money President Mack Maine also discussed his company's strength.

"As far as Cash Money, direction is everywhere," Maine said about the company. "Cash Money, Young Money it's [the same.] No feelings on [Wayne's bid.] We've been prepared. We've been prepared for whatever -- I could go back to the Cash Money question and the Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolf, Drake, Nicki Minaj, the top players in the genre, how could you ask for more? You got the NBA, you got your top players. All-Stars. Football All-Stars. We got legends that's gonna be in the Hall of Fame of music. If it's talent, we don't care where you from. It's not like we were looking for [Jay Sean], somebody turned Slim, Baby on, heard some of his music, saw some of his concerts, called him and was like, 'Why you not in the states yet?' because nobody knew him over there. It's like, we helped him and he helped us 'cause now we branching out way over there and getting some of his crowd." (Vlad TV)

Diddy previously acknowledged the talent behind Wayne's Young Money.

"I nod my head to Wayne, I tip my hat to him," Diddy said in an interview. "I told him at the BET Awards. I said, 'You doing the new generation of Bad Boy. You're doing what we did back in '94. That's really creating a movement.' I tip my hat to him, but now I gotta watch him because he's competition. But he's doing his thing. He's gone from artist to label mogul, so you have to give him his respect." (MTV)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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