Cash Money Records co-founder Baby has revealed that he opted out of an opportunity to sign major rap stars T.I. and Young Jeezy to his label at the start of their careers.
The “Birdman” also noted that Keyshia Cole could’ve also aligned with his imprint.
“Um, I ran into a lot of them, I never spoke on this,” Baby told radio host Angela Yee when asked about artists he could have signed. “I had a chance with Keyshia Cole. I had a chance with [Young] Jeezy. T.I. Yeah, T.I. used to be in the studio with us, writing every day. We used to let him come in the studio and just chill with us when he was out there in Atlanta, when we used to go out there and record. A lot of them, I wish, but at that time we was just young, focusing on us. But, they went and made great careers.” (“Morning After”)
Over the summer, DJ Khaled signed a deal with Baby’s Cash Money Records.
“It’s definitely official, and I’m just excited about the new deal with Cash Money. Shout to Birdman, Slim. And free Weezy.” Khaled said in an interview. “You know, I’ve always been a Cash Money member, not officially but I’ve been a fan forever…[Co-founder] Birdman always loved my work and passion. We’ve known each other for years, and he’s always told me when you fulfill your contract with E1 you always got a home over here. I was going to sign myself, but I called Birdman and he said ‘let’s get the deal done in an hour.’ He just wanted to make it happen.” (VIBE)
The contract came weeks after Khaled’s Miami associates Cool & Dre sealed their own deal with Cash Money.
“In 2011 it’s all about diversifying your talent and aggressively pursuing opportunities,” Andre “Dre” Lyon said in a statement. “It’s not about replacing legends and their accomplishments, it’s about creating a new legacy to inspire future young business men and women. Catch you at the Heat games, Wade let’s get it!” Cool & Dre experienced success with Cash Money in the past, having produced tracks for Lil Wayne, Birdman and Young Money. (All Hip Hop)
Producer Sean Garrett recently informed SOHH about a possible Cash Money deal being in the works.
“We got about four or five other deals on the table right now,” Garrett told SOHH about his pending deal with Cash Money Records. “The negotiations is getting real heavy but you know, that’s my home team, that’s where I want to be so we’re just gonna have to make it work. There’s a few things that we’re still going back and forth on but everything is looking really good and that’s family regardless. I got so much love for them. Me and Tyga were just on ‘106 & Park’ … That’d be really really dope to be there with Cool & Dre. I’ve known them for a while, Cool & Dre. They’re real cool people. I’m like a chameleon, Sean Garrett, I f*ck with everybody. I’m not a person that’s hard to deal with. Even though I’ve been so successful, everybody knows how humble I am, I just do what I do.” (SOHH)
Check out Baby’s interview below: