Cash Money Records’ co-founder Baby opens up about his run in the rap game and why he feels like one of the last men standing in the June 2011 edition of XXL Magazine.
Having entered rap the industry in the mid-1990’s, Baby discusses his inability to comprehend his current lack of competition.
“When I look around, through my years and my time, you know, the game, it was a lot in the field, a lot of people doing it,” he says. “And I look around, and it’s like, where the f*ck did everybody go? I ain’t never understood that, but the game like that sometimes, that muthaf*cka’s gon’ keep ya or it’s gon’ leave ya. It’s all on you.” (XXL Magazine)
Within the feature, he also speaks on allowing Lil Wayne to step up and run Young Money in the 2000’s.
“Honestly, I gave him the floor,” Baby says of Weezy. “He wanted it. I been with him since he was seven years old, eight years old. I been in his life all of his life, and he was like, “Let me handle, it.” At the time, me as an artist, losing my sister and everything I was going through personally, I was just like, ‘Go ahead, I’ma just support what you gon’ do. You can handle it.’ And I took a step back. Probably was the [smartest] move I ever made in my life was to let him go ‘head.” (XXL Magazine)
Earlier this year, Baby was listed as one of hip-hop’s most wealthiest artists.
When it comes to net worth, Jay-Z is number two. The top spot goes to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who tops our accounting of rap’s richest with a fortune of $475 million, fueled by his interests in Sean John clothing, Bad Boy Worldwide record label and, most significantly, his Diageo joint-venture vodka brand Ciroc. Jay-Z ranks a close second, with $450 million. Super producer/rapper Dr. Dre ranks third with $125 million, fueled by past earnings generated from his own career and by helping to launch those of Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, a one-time Dr. Dre protege who reaped a nine-figure payday from the sale of Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola, rounds out the top five in a tie with Cash Money Records cofounder Bryan “Birdman” Williams at $100 million. (Forbes)
Despite the recognition, he was still critical of what Forbes predicted as his worth.
“I don’t know how they tally up,” Baby said in an interview with Uptown Angela referring to Forbes’ list.”To my knowledge I thought it was down. They said I made a $100 million dollars. I don’t know where they get that sh*t from. I’m banking in more than a $100 million. That’s a low number for a n*gga like me. But it’s cool. For anybody to recognize anything is respected. We know what to do. The goal in our life and my life is to be a billionaire. I’m flipping hundreds. I ain’t that far. I’m about eight steps.” (Urban Radio NO)
The new XXL Magazine hits newsstands Tuesday, June 7th.
Check out a recent Baby interview below: