Usually we wouldn't give The Source a chance, but with Young Money/Cash Money on the cover of their "Power 30" issue and the homie Bonsu Thompson at the helm, we'll reserve our judgment.
Cash Money 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. Source EIC Thompson said the decision was a no brainer.
"When you look at today's hip-hop landscape and consider the most influential artists, it's clear that they are the Young Money front runners with Weezy, Drizzy and Nicki," Bonsu told MTV News. "When you then take into account that Baby's Cash Money label is the umbrella to them all, you see where the true power lies. So who better for The Source's "Power 30" cover?"
On the other hand, Mack Maine was just excited for the opportunity.
"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. The book 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 no. 2, while Diddy and Jay-Z rounded out the top three, with the Brooklyn MC at the top spot.
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