News: Birdman Flies Away From Drake Beef Rumors, Reacts To Jordan Deal [Audio]

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 10:11AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Cash Money Records head Birdman has stepped forward to put an end to the beef chatter involving protégé Drake and reacted to Drizzy's recent big business moves.

Immediately killing the feud speculation, Baby said his main goal as Cash Money boss is to make sure all of his artists flourish with their own solo ventures.

"Drake is my little brother, I love him to death and he's family," Baby said in an interview. "Drake's down with the team for life. He made a commitment when we did another situation. I got nothing but respect for Drake and the whole OVO camp. That's family forever. ... If you know him, he's not big-headed. People see when we're emerging. Like I say, Nicki [Minaj] emerged, Drake emerged, we support their emerge. We want them to everything he's done. He's got the Nike [deal], he's got the Toronto Raptors, that's what it's about. It's about you developing and becoming bigger. We all be bigger. But if you got somebody that's not allowing you to be bigger, that's a problem and we don't operate like that. We gonna support you." (Shade 45)

During his OVO Fest concert in August, Drizzy vouched his loyalty to Cash Money and Young Money boss Lil Wayne.

"If there was paperwork that said 'For life on it' I'ma let you know I'm gonna be riding with this man right here until the end of time, I promise you. I'm not going anywhere. Young Money is forever. Lil Wayne is forever. Drizzy Drake is forever and that's that on motherf*cking that," Drake said during the concert. "This man here is the reason you can feel proud as a city. This man right here is the reason for Drake. Make some noise for the best rapper alive." (OVO Fest)

According to recent reports, rap star Kanye West is proud of Drake for taking his career to the next level with Jordan Brand.

He may hate Nike's guts, but Kanye West says he's got NO BEEF with Drake for signing a deal with the shoe giant -- in fact, he's downright happy for the guy, TMZ has learned Sources close to Yeezus tell us ... Kanye is still real upset with the Swoosh for refusing to give him royalties for a shoe line. But we're told when he found out about Drake's new partnership with Nike for his own special OVO Air Jordans, Kanye was proud. As one source put it, "Kanye will always be happy with rappers taking steps in the fashion world." Bros before OVOs. (TMZ)

The Toronto native broke the news of joining Jordan Brand during a performance near Nike's Portland headquarters earlier this month.

"Growing up, I'm sure we idolized this guy. He goes by the name of Michael Jordan, you understand what I'm saying?" Drake said to the crowd at the Rose Garden Arena during his tour stop in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday night. Known for its microbreweries, chainsaw wielding and local hero Timber Joey, Portland is also home to Nike and Jordan Brand's corporate offices. "So today, I came to Portland and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family so I feel like I'm at home right now, if you understand what I'm talking about," Drake said without getting into specifics. "And it is a family and I don't take that word lightly." (MTV)
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