It’s no secret that Cash Money Records gave us a few bops in the late 90’s and 2000’s. Though we were out here with that thang thangin’, we also know that there have been a lot of claims from artists who feel they didn’t receive their coins, including Lil’ Wayne.
Speaking of coins, Birdman shared that Cash Money Records made millions of dollars from the masters of the artists that were on their roster.
In an exclusive interview with Wallo of “Where’s Wallo,” when asked how he made money from the masters, Birdman stated, “We license the music, I just started letting people sample my s**t. So yeah, it’s a gang of ways you can make money with your masters.” Getting a bit more specific into how much the label makes, he stated, “We generate $20-30 million a year just on our masters.”
If you recall, Lil Wayne and Cash Money had their own issue, as it relates to money. He was unable to release his ‘Carter IV’ due to the litigation at the time.
The true cause of the breakdown was never revealed but Wayne and the label settled the lawsuit.
Wayne’s friend, Ricky Rozay, subliminally addressed Birdman in his song, “Idols Become Rivals,” alleging that Baby didn’t treat his artists properly. He rapped, “Catholic record labels, n**as gettin’ raped, boy! Birdman’s a priest, moans in his synagogue.”
Drake, Wayne, Turk, Juvenile, and Tyga have also parted ways from the label. If you recall, Turk filed a lawsuit against Birdman in 2015, asking for over a million in royalties. The two have sense squashed their beef, according to a 2017 interview with TMZ.