Former Cash Money cohort B.G. once spit that his crew was like the Army the way the label roster knocked out thundering anthems.
Years later, and with a reworked lineup, Cash Money, along with Lil Wayne's Young Money collective. is just as unstoppable. CM Co-CEO Bryan "Baby" Williams and Young Money President Mack Maine grace the cover of October/November issue of The Source. The two companies — home to Lil Wayne, Drake, Tyga, Nicki Minaj, Bow Wow, DJ Khaled, producers Cool & Dre and more — are recognized in the magazine's annual "Power 30" list.
"I appreciate it, I'm blessed," Mack Maine told MTV News about the honor. "Hopefully, people love it and respect it and see what we're doing in the game. I represent all of them on that cover, it's not just me. So, hopefully, they respect what Young Money and Cash Money have in store."
The cover was unveiled over the weekend as part of the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards festivities. Birdman, Mack Maine, Young Money artist Shanell and more were on hand at an event held at Atlanta's W Hotel as The Source's new editor Bonsu Thompson presented them with an oversize replica of the issue, which hits newsstands October 19.
The "Power 30" list has long recognized hip-hop heavyweights, from artists to label executives to music insiders who work behind the scenes; the goal is to rank who has wielded the most influence in the industry during the preceding 12 months. Cash Money/ Young Money came in at #2, while Diddy and Jay-Z rounded out the top three, with Hov at the top spot.
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