News: "Even Ray Charles Could See What Was Happening Over At Cash Money"
Friday, Dec 16, 2011 10:02AM
Newly signed Cash Money Records rapper Mystikal has opened up on his decision to ink with rap executive Birdman's ever-growing label and his interactions with Lil Wayne.
According to Mystikal, Weezy told him to aim for the top while on Cash Money.
"It was actually materializing for a while now," Mystikal tells VIBE, adding that, "the conversation started when I was going through my incarceration. And those conversations continued once I came home. The right things happened and the right kind of deal was made. What I got from Wayne was don't be to astounded by what you are seeing because this is nothing. Let's go make history. That's a young dude telling me that. Coming from him and given the big things he's doing right now, that was right on for me. ... Even Ray Charles could see what was happening over at Cash Money [laughs]. The minute I went over there and stepped my foot in the studio I knew it was real. I never thought I would go from No Limit to Cash Money. It was like God was leading me. Imagine what I can do over here." (VIBE)
Reflecting on his latest signee, Birdman compared Mystikal's skills to in-house artists like Weezy and Busta Rhymes this week.
"It's perfect timing for him and for us to be able to work with him," continues Baby. "We're just excited. I didn't even look at the past. I didn't think about what we went through. That shit's so far behind us. We're trying to provide for the team and the family. I think he's a special talent like a Busta Rhymes or a Drake or a Wayne. He can't be duplicated. His style is original. We gonna put out some visuals on him, his album is coming in May and we gonna roll." (XXL Mag)
The Southern rapper officially announced his Cash Money induction Tuesday (December 13).
"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)
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 recent Mystikal footage below: