Baby Keeps It Down-Bottom With Fast Money

'I went back to the basics with this record,' the MC/CEO says.

The Birdman cometh — again. Baby, Cash Money Records' platinum-drenched co-CEO, is spreading his wings and getting back behind the mic for his sophomore set, Fast Money.

Due April 12, the album serves as the follow-up to his Birdman debut (see "Baby Ready To Unleash Balla Birdman With Help From P. Diddy, Cam'ron").

"I went back to the basics with this record," said Baby. "I just got with my peoples and did what we do. You can feel our vibe down bottom on this one.

"I'm more focused this time," he added. "I did the whole record at the crib. I wasn't traveling or caught in the rapture of it all — the money, the [sex], the bullsh--."

The Birdman's first single, "Shyne On," features fellow Cash Money MC Lil' Wayne. The video for the single, directed by Life Garland, features Wayne and a host of other Cash Money artists including Lil' Mo, KeKe Wyatt and 6 Shot.

"Before we was blinging, we was shining," explained Baby of the single. "That's just traditional slang for us down here, so I wanted to take it back a little bit."

Fast Money also includes guest appearances from Beenie Man and Mannie Fresh, among others. With the exception of Beenie, Baby said he wanted to keep things local. "I wanted artists from where I'm from," said Baby. "I wanted to keep our language and our slang down-bottom."

Baby's pride extends beyond his new disc to his label's roster. With a host of new acts on board — including 6 Shot, Wyatt and Lil' Mo — Baby sees Cash Money entering a new era.

"It's a great turning point for us in the game," said Baby. "What we did last year was just the beginning."