The LOX’s Sheek Louch recently revealed just how close they came to representing the Cash Money/Young Money brand, claiming Lil Wayne could not seal the deal.
According to Sheek, there were various opportunities to join teams like Young Money and Bad Boy.
With DJ Khaled and Swizz Beatz at the helm, it is still unclear which label (or labels) will put out the album, but according to Sheek, artists and execs are lining up to make offers. “Lil Wayne tried to sign us, Puff tried to re-sign us and paint that picture over, we done been in mother—ers’ living rooms and talkin’ business,” he said. “The meeting we just had with Swizz and Khaled about executive producing this project was the one that grabbed us and we’re gonna give y’all some real, real big records.” (MTV)
Coincidentally, Atlanta rap star 2 Chainz revealed getting a chance to ink a Young Money deal earlier this year.
“I was one of the first people invited to Young Money, before the album. Wayne asked me,” Chainz said when he appeared on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live.” “From the outside looking in, I hate to see people look like they clique hopping,” Chainz said. “But when you just look at an artist that went from here to this subsidiary, to this subsidiary — for me I felt like I’m smart enough to sign 2 Chainz slash Def Jam like I did.” Instead of signing to another artist, with Def Jam the “Spend It” MC was able to become his own boss and partner his new label T.R.U. with the deep-rooted record company. As soon as he signed, Chainz sent Wayne a text thanking him for being a true friend. “Lil Wayne is one of the realist dudes in the game as far as opening up doors for people to eat and trickling down to their families,” he said. “He’s one of the most unselfish, talented people that I’ve been around.” (MTV)
Last May, Jadakiss admitted a possible Bad Boy reunion fell through.
“Nah, we went over there, we gave him a shot at it,” Jada said. “He wanted to do it, but I don’t think contractually with all of the forces, we weren’t able to do it, but he’s still the big homie.” (“Sway in the Morning”)
In March 2010, Styles P said a Bad Boy Records deal still sat on the table.
“Ain’t nobody vocal, we ain’t signed to Puff yet,” Styles told radio host Jenny Boom Boom. “We LOX and even if we was, I think everybody respects us to know we do what we do. It’s still possible, it’s still possible, you know paper work is paper work. It’s like y’all job, it ain’t official until you sign the contract, right? Nobody’s saying it’s ‘not’ a go, but nothing’s a go until the contract is signed and I don’t know what other way to tell you than that. It’s not a go until everything is inked down. Dame Grease is gonna be on it [producing,] we looking to work with all kinds of hot producers.” (“Jenny Boom Boom”)