Young Thug may be one of the hottest new rappers around, but no one can seem to sort through his exact label situation. And while that remains a bit unclear, there’s one thing we do now know for sure: Birdman is not offically his manager.
In an interview with Complex for their recent cover story on Thug, Birdman debunked the rumor that he manages the Atlanta rapper. He did confirm that they’re close and that he plans to officially bring him to YMCMB “in time.”
“I always dealt with things differently than the labels,” Birdman said. “I’m part of the life and I’m a part of hip-hop culture. The major labels, they don’t come out here on these streets. They’re sitting in a building and they don’t really know what the f–k is going on. I don’t ever want to be like none of them.”
In March, Buzzfeed attempted to get to the bottom of Thug’s label situation. They talked to a number of sources, and ultimately it came out that, no matter how you sliced it, it seemed like a sticky situation with a number of players. He had paperwork with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Bricksquad, as well as with an Atlantic Records imprint, and had voiced plans to sign with both Future’s Freebandz and YMCMB.
None of that apparent messiness, nor the fact that he’s not Thug’s official manager, appears to soften Birdman’s support of the up-and-comer.
“Really, he’s like my little brother,” he said. “I just want to make sure his business is straight, and that he takes care of himself. I just want to make sure he gets the right treatment wherever he goes. His talent is going to speak for itself. By nature he’s Rich Gang YMCMB. He’s part of us, before he even met us.”