News: Mack Maine On Young Money's Hustle, "I Wake Up Expecting The Unexpected"

Monday, Nov 1, 2010 11:35AM

Written by Biz Jones

Young Money CEO Mack Maine has described his daily experience as being the head honcho of Lil Wayne's Universal/Cash Money Records imprint.

According to Maine, he finds himself taking on multiple projects every day.

"I'm just gonna give you an example of today. I talked to Pharrell, tryna to negotiate for Tyga's album. He has four tracks on Tyga's album, so I have to make sure he gets paid for that. Tyga sent me his track listing today, so I'm sitting back trying to figure out in my head an estimated number like, "Is he gonna be over budget," basically. He has four tracks from Pharrell, one from Banner, a few features, so I'm calculating numbers in my head to see where he's at with that. Also, I'm on the phone tryna to schedule the events for Wayne's coming home party in Miami. We weren't gonna do one in Vegas, because we had a promoter guy and at the last minute he dropped the ball on it. Now a new offer came in for Vegas, so I'm trying to see what we're gonna do with that. I've been on conference call with Baby all day, texting back and forth, emailing trying to get that together. I wake up expecting the unexpected. I never know what tomorrow will consist of in total. I know I have a few things I have to handle, but I can get a call at any moment about anything. I'm also trying to finalize the Young Money debit cards." (XXL Mag)

Last month, Maine discussed releasing debit cards featuring the likenesses of the Young Money roster.

"As far as the Young Money credit cards go, it is true. I don't have a definite date yet, but I should have one soon before the end of the week. But it is true, so make sure the fans and the people that are interested sign up. It's a pre-paid card. We're not starting it out with each member having their own card just yet. It's just pretty much a Young Money card and then we'll branch out to like Nicki Minaj pink cards, maybe having Wayne and Drake cards being like the black cards. You know, just different levels of it. Maybe have Twist and Chuckee for the younger crowd. We'll make sure each member has it as we learn the ropes." (Karen Civil)

In late 2009, Maine stated his projections for the Young Money artists entering the new year.

"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)

Prior to beginning a jail sentence last March on for a gun conviction, Wayne talked about handling the multiple personalities on Young Money.

"[Young Money], we don't even have an album out," Wayne said about being appreciative of their buzz. "I just wanna say we respect everybody and we love everything everyone has done for us already. Love is the respect we get. Every time we step out and every time we do anything, we get mad support. I love 'em for that but I want 'em to know that we will, we will deliver." (DJ Drama)

Check out a past Mack Maine interview down below:

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