Birdman Makes the Case For CEOs to Be Included in the Hip-Hop 50 Celebration
While acknowledging the 50th anniversary of hip-hop on Instagram, Birdman wrote his thoughts on keeping the genre 'alive.'
Cash Money Records co-founder and CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams wants his credit for Hip-Hop 50. Having established rap artists including Lil Wayne, Hot Boys, Nicki Minaj, Drake and more, Williams went to Instagram on Tuesday (February 28), to share his thoughts on why all the credit shouldn't be solely given to "legendary artists" in the genre.
"Im confused about 50yrs of hip hop where they salute legendary artists which is well respeked [sic],” the 54-year-old wrote in the now-deleted post. “Also I think CEOs who kept these artists alive to be great [and] showed them how to keep hip hop alive should be saluted in a major way. I remember wen they said hip hop was dead and we kept it alive YMCMB 20plus summers respek our hussle CEOs kept hip hop alive frfr.”
Quality Control co-founder and CEO Pierre “P” Thomas commended the "#1 Stunna" in the comments sections, writing, “Real talk OG. “This should be discussed in a major way. Let’s Go.”
"Facts,” Snoop Dogg commented, adding, “great work cuz u and slim did that.”
The New Orleans-based Cash Money Records was founded in 1991 by Williams and his older brother, Ronald "Slim" Williams. It has since been considered one of the most successful rap labels of all-time.
Recently giving Birdman his flowers was Irv Gotti, who appeared on the Earn Your Leisure podcast in December.
“Yeah. As far as labels goes, there’s no disputing Cash Money is the greatest label ever. … No one’s even close to Cash Money, I don’t think," Gotti said on the show. "No one’s close to them. And if they ever wanted to sell, Baby and Slim could get a billi. Someone will give them a billion dollars.”