[Lil Slim, one of Cash Money Records’ first artists – and the man who discovered Lil Wayne – recently sat down with hip-hop personality Shawn Setaro on his popular “The Cipher” podcast. Listen to the full interview and check out five gems Slim dropped during the Q&A.]

On the influence of New Orleans rap legend Soulja Slim:

“When they called Soulja Slim ‘the Tupac of New Orleans,’ that’s because he embodied his music. He actually lived his music.”

On the making of his 1993 debut album The Game Is Cold:

“We would all be standing in the kitchen – me, Mannie Fresh, Baby, and Slim. Mannie Fresh would make the beat. He didn’t really have too much to work with at the time. I think all he had was a beat machine and maybe a few other little tools that he used. We actually recorded my first tape in Baby’s kitchen.”

On heroin use in New Orleans in the early 1990s:

“I never indulged in it because I was too scared of it, but it was really bad among the young generation at that time. It was almost like a trendy thing.”

On discovering Lil Wayne:

“I introduced him to Slim and Baby. But this is the thing that Wayne don’t know to this day: when I introduced him to Sugar Slim and Baby, it was with the understanding that he was going to work under me, and be my artist.”

On another early Cash Money artist, Edgar “Pimp Daddy” Givens:

“Pimp Daddy died homeless, and he shouldn’t have had to die like that after all he did for Cash Money Records.”

To hear the whole interview, click here or listen below.