News: Birdman Says Do The Math, "Ain't Nobody Ever Put Up The Numbers We Put Up"
Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 10:45AM
Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman recently addressed the idea of Lil Wayne slowing down, even possibly falling off from hip-hop, and said critics need only to look as far as record sales for answers.
If multiple Grammy Awards wins was not reason enough, Birdman said Weezy's ability to continue pushing units should silence any naysayers.
"We do music for people who appreciate it," Birdman said in an interview when asked about the perception of Lil Wayne falling off. "That's all we can do. Keep working hard, keep grinding. Everybody is entitled to their opinion but we do what we do. We sell millions of records. Ain't nobody ever put up the numbers we put up. That's one to a million. That don't really matter matter." (Complex)
In February, Birdman mapped out a Young Money/Cash Money retail takeover.
Baby's ambition is clear: the flamboyant Cash Money CEO wants to release 16 albums under the YMCMB umbrella within the first six months of this year. "I think bringing Fred [Durst] and Limp Bizkit to the team gives us a different look," Birdman says. "We dominate rap, but we're also trying to grow in different areas; Pop, rock, gospel, country." Already, there's a rash of artists under the YMCMB umbrella with music on the way. Bow Wow's, Underrated, LP and Lil Twist's, Don't Get It Twisted drop a week apart on March 13 and March 20, respectively, while Nicki Minaj's, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is slated for April 3. New albums from Busta Rhymes and Mystikal--also new YMCMB signees--have summer release dates as well. (XXL Mag)
Last year, Weezy revealed that his joint Birdman album was a high priority.
"I've had ideas to do an album with T-Pain. We've got the T-Wayne situation going, so Drake's a very respectable dude. He's like, 'I don't want to disrespect none of those situations, so I'm just going to wait 'til you have a real good moment to focus on you and I doing an album.' ... And then you know my obligations to the Like Father, Like Son albums with [Birdman aka] Stunna. It's like no disrespect to those. I don't want to clash with nothing." (MTV)
Along with record sales, the Cash Money boss recently made headlines for making hip-hop's wealthiest list.
Dr. Dre ranks third with $270 million, doubling from a year ago thanks to a major sale. In August, handset maker HTC paid $300 million to buy a 51% stake in Beats Electronics, the company founded by Dr. Dre and Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2008. Birdman clocks in at No. 4 with a fortune of $125 million. He cofounded Cash Money Records with brother Ronald "Slim" Williams two decades ago, inking very favorable $30 million distribution deal with Universal in 1998. (Forbes)
Check out some past Birdman footage below: