News: Birdman Announces Dangerous Cash Money Member, "We Have A Long History Together"
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 5:35PM
Cash Money Records' Birdman continues to expand his music empire just weeks after inking rap veteran Busta Rhymes by adding fellow New Orleans rapper Mystikal to their roster.
After weeks of speculation, Birdman confirmed Mystikal's addition to the Cash Money team.
"It is an honor to get the opportunity to work with Mystikal, as we have a long history together. He is a great artist and his talent, combined with our hard work and strong team, is going to result in some of the best music of his career. We are expecting great work from Mystikal. Slim and I already have him in the studio working on his first album for Cash Money." (Statement)
Mystikal released his own statement, sharing his post-announcement reaction.
"It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back. I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records." (Statement)
New reports claim Mystikal's first Cash Money single will premiere on Tuesday (December 13) night.
Birdman and Mystikal aren't wasting any time with their new allegiance. The two are putting out "Original," Mystikal's first single, later on this evening via Funk Master Flex's Hot 97 radio show. According to their reps, Birdman and Mystikal have been sequestered in Miami's Hit factory recording a gaggle of records, including "Original." Besides The #1 Stunnna, the track features Lil Wayne. Mystikal's Cash Money debut is due this Spring. (XXL Mag)
Days after signing Busta Rhymes, Birdman stressed the importance of granting his artists creative freedom.
"Whatever they bring to the table, whatever their vision is, [my role is] just to back it up and let them be the artist that they want to be and we support what they want to do," Birdman said in an interview. "We never was [the type] to try to tell no [artist] how to do music, that's not what we're about. We like to let an artist be an artist and we support what they want to do." (MTV)
Check out some past Birdman footage below: