By Rob Markman
Beverly Hills, CA— It was a family affair when the Cash Money squad overtook Phillippe Chow in Beverly Hills to celebrate Birdman and Slim’s Billboard Magazine cover.YMCMB artists Tyga, Busta Rhymes, Jay Sean, Christina Milian, Shanel, Jae Millz and Mack Maine all toasted to their label CEOs. Many of the artists noted that the #1 Stunna and his brother Slim make them feel like more than talent on a label, commending them for creating a family atmosphere.
In the past 12 months Cash Money dropped chart-topping albums from all of their marquee artists. Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV sold just under a million copies in its first week of release and both Nicki Minaj and Drake scored #1 albums. In the coming months they are scheduled to drop LPs from DJ Khaled (Kiss the Ring), Mystikal (Original) and Weezy (I Am Not a Human Being II).
Though hot at the moment, Cash Money is no flash in the pan. The multi-million dollar label got its start as an independent in the streets of New Orleans in the early 1990s. In 1998 Birdman and company inked a deal with Universal Records for $30 million and haven’t looked back since. In addition to all of the label’s rap releases Birdman has diversified his musical portfolio through the years. In 2004 CMR released an album with deceased R&B legend Teena Marie and more recently has signed UK pop star Jay Sean and rock veterans Limp Bizkit.