Def Jam South President DJ Khaled has confirmed being the latest artist to join Cash Money Records and defended his decision to break bread with the all-star label, home to Lil Wayne and Bow Wow.
Despite recently inking the deal officially, Khaled said he has always been a Cash Money associate.
“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)
Last week, Khaled broke the news of the contract signing via Twitter.
“Its getting serious my lawyer theo and cash money lawyer vernin brown just landed from a helicopter to make this meeting! $wethebestforever,” he tweeted Thursday (August 19) afternoon.
“This cash money we the best meeting is getting real interesting! http://tweetphoto.com/40064479.”
“http://tweetphoto.com/40081399 DEAL IS DONE!!WE THE BEST YMCMB! See live footage from @Derick_G !! Hard work pays off! I’m on my way to the studio!”
“WE THE BEST CASH MONEY ! FREE WEEZY! WETHEBESTFOREVER COMING SOON!” (DJ Khaled’s Twitter)
The contract comes 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 that a possible Cash Money deal for him was still 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 talking about Cash Money Records below: