Cash Money Records co-owner Birdman discussed his business relationship with rap star Lil Wayne this week and revealed his contract could possibly shatter records as the biggest ever in hip-hop.
Although Birdman refrained from dishing out the exact numbers, he did not sway away from hyping up the contract’s stature.
“YMCMB start and stop with Wayne; it ain’t no YMCMB without Wayne,” Birdman said in an interview. Birdman wouldn’t confirm the exact figures in the deal, but he made it clear that when it comes to Wayne, who he considers a son, the sky is the limit. “The type of situation we did never been done in urban music; it’s probably the biggest deal ever in urban music,” he said. “I’m blessed to even do that — whatever my son want, he can get. It’s all his anyway, so it don’t really matter to me.” (MTV)
A few weeks ago, Weezy revealed signing a multi-album deal with Cash Money.
The rapper, who has been signed to Cash Money records since he was 11 years old, has inked a deal with the label to put out another four albums under his Young Money imprint. Wayne made the announcement during an interview with MTV’s Hip Hop POV, while also revealing details about his contract with the label and what fans can expect from his new releases. “Contract-wise, I only get paid for 12 songs. Maybe on a Carter album, you probably only gonna get 12 songs, maybe a bonus 13,” Weezy said. “But on this I Am Not a Human Being thing, I don’t really care … you’re probably gonna get 16 on there.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Wayne also recently revealed working on a love-themed album while behind bars in 2010 on a gun conviction.
“I was also recording an album at the same time called Devol, spelled D-E-V-O-L because that’s ‘loved’ spelled backwards,” the Young Money rapper told DJ Amanda Seales. “And this is my version of love songs. And what I mean by my version of love songs is meaning they’re not saying I love you. I’m just saying, you know, you know. And it’s all material I did while I was locked up.” (Hip Hop POV)
In XXL Magazine‘s July/August 2011 cover story, Wayne discussed his motivation to retire at an early age, seemingly ending a long streak of album releases.
The Young Money leader also revealed to XXL that he plans to retire soon and hints at C4 possibly being his last offering. “I’m bowing out still on top,” he says. “I’ma make y’all want me when I retire. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Nooo!’ I ain’t leaving out this b*tch when y’all be like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time, dawg.’ Carter IV might be my last one. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘F*ck!’ Yeah, n*gga, I’m gone.” (XXL Mag)
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