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Slide Over Jay Z: Cash Money Enters The Sports Game

December 27th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Jay Z will no longer be only the only hip-hop mogul in the sports arena. Birdman’s New Orleans-based label Cash Money is set to launch a sports agency.And it will be set up similar to Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Rumor has it that Cash Money has trademarked the name Visionaire Sports Group and plans to open shop sometime in 2014, reports Rolling Out.

To further indicate their plans, Cash Money has already aligned their Visionaire Sports Group with Mississippi based agency Pay 2 Win Sports, Inc.

No word on whether any members of the Cash Money crew have taken the necessary tests to receive their sports agent certification, but they can simply hire a seasoned agent that already has certification.

So are sports agencies the new horizon for hip-hop based labels much like clothing lines were in the ’90s? So far the Jay Z, despite a few snags such as being investigated for signing rookie NFL player Geno Smith  and for gifts to one of his clients, has had success with Roc Nation agency. He’s already signed clients such as baseball star Robinson Cano and WNBA baller Skylar Diggins.  Master P, however, was the trailblazer. He became the first rap mogul turned sports agent when he represented star NFL running back Ricky Williams in 1999.

One More Chance: Rapper The Game Signs With Young Money/Cash Money Records!

October 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, The Game is making another move to push his music career to the next level: He signed to Cash Money/Young Money Records.

On Saturday evening, Baby/Birdman/Whatever you want to call him, tweeted the news making it official and welcoming The Game to the YMCB family. The Game followed with his own tweet saying it was time to “close the doors” on others.

According to Miss Info’s site, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he’d sign to the label.  His last album, Jesus Piece, was his fifth and final release on Interscope Records.

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Young Money/Cash Money has been seemingly snatching up artists left and right, but besides albums from their stars – Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and the slightly lesser know Tyga – none of them have actually released anything. Bow Wow has been signed to Cash Money since 2009 and the one album that was scheduled to be released, Underrated, hasn’t been talked about since 2011. Busta Rhymes and Mystikal have been signed to the label for two years with no album releases while Christina Milian joined the YM family in 2012 with… nothing.

So we’ll see if The Game will actually ever have an album come out on Young Money/Cash Money. There’s a chance something will come out on the label seeing as though of all the recent signees, he’s the most musically successful one in recent years.

Time will tell but good luck to Jayceon (The Game’s real name)!

Has DJ Khaled Taken Things Too Far? Nicki Minaj Allegedly Filed Restraining Order Against Him!

July 27th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Okay, what’s really going on between Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled?

SO remember we told you producer/DJ Khaled made a video proposal with a ring and everything? Yes, we thought it was pretty left field and kind of a weird thing for him to do out of the blue.

Well, allegedly, so did Nicki.

According to 365HipHop, Nicki has gotten a restraining order against DJ Khaled.  I know, right?  Well, according to them, Nicki has filed the restraining order in the state of New York because this isn’t the first time Khaled has pulled little stunts with Nicki.  They don’t have all the details but this is a bit of a surprise because I don’t think anyone knew Khaled was being a nuisance behind the scenes as well.

This isn’t an example of being the best, now is it, Khaled?

I always got the impression that all members of We The Best (Khaled’s label) and Young Money (Wayne’s label) were very close – almost like a blended family –  but maybe that’s not exactly the case.

Nicki hasn’t responded to the proposal or the rumor of her getting a restraining order against him.  This sounds like a publicity stunt but you know, stranger things have happened.

Former Associate Blasts Rev. Al Sharpton For Unlikely Book Deal With Cash Money

July 23rd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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It seems like Rev. Al Sharpton just can’t catch a break. While the reverend is defending his right to date a woman who is 23 years his junior, his former associate comes forward and blasts Sharpton’s new book deal with Cash Money, a company he’s rivaled with not only once, but twice, reports HotNewHipHop.com

As MN has recently reported, Rev. Sharpton signed a deal with Cash Money’s publishing division to release a memoir titled, The Rejected Stone. The book will “track Sharpton’s personal evolution from a New York street activist to political and spokesperson for civil rights,” says AllHipHop.com. But a former employee, Carl Redding, is baffled as to why Sharpton chose Cash Money for the deal—a company that supports artists that contradict Rev. Sharpton’s social justice efforts.

In a letter to Al Sharpton, Redding wrote:

I recently read that you had penned a book deal with Cash Money, the very company that touts Lil Wayne as one its most recognized artists. Though I wish I could say that I was surprised by this move, I am not. As one who has spent years publicly crusading against the harmful effect of misogynistic lyrics on our young people, it’s clear that your decision to cut a lucrative financial deal with those who propagate such destructive images in our community, is the latest example of your failed leadership. Dr. Martin Luther King, who you claim to emulate, is doing somersaults in his grave.

Redding implored Sharpton to pull back on the book deal and give back the “blood money” he received from Cash Money. “I believe in my heart of heart that the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would not have traded 30 pieces of silver to the likes of the Lil Waynes in our world today…,” added Redding.

Sharpton was very vocal about his disdain for Cash Money’s notorious artist, Lil Wayne. “Sharpton harshly criticized Wayne’s excessive use of the ‘b word’ and ‘n word’ in his music,” MN added. Wayne brushed off the criticisms and called Sharpton “another Don King–with a perm.”  And most recently, Wayne’s crass use of Emmett Till in the lyrics of “Karate Chop (Remix)” pinched a nerve with Rev. Sharpton. Weezy ignored the family’s request for an apology. They went to PepsiCo, Wayne’s sponsor, and he was dropped. Lil Wayne eventually apologized, but that made no difference. Rev. Sharpton met with Pepsi Co and Till’s family for a “teaching moment” for Wayne and corporate America to “call for more sensitivity about what we say and do in our culture,” adds HotNewHipHop.com.

Despite all the bad blood between Sharpton and Cash Money, the Reverend will continue to work with Wayne’s record label to release The Reject Stone on October 8th. “Just because we disagree doesn’t mean we have to be disagreeable,” Sharpton said.

Redding, in the letter, said he once believed in Sharpton’s mission, but now he feels that since Sharpton has climbed the corporate ladder, he has “forgotten about the countless number of your supporters who stood by you when you were deemed as a racial pariah and agitator.”

Do you agree with Redding? Is Rev. Sharpton being hypocritcal?

Listen To Your Elders: Stevie Wonder Address Lil Wayne Lyrics…And He’s Not Pleased

February 17th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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Stevie Wonder is not impressed with Lil’ Wayne’s controversial new verse equating a sexual act to the beating (and eventual murder) of Emmett Till.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, the legendary musician let it be known he thought the verse was distasteful. “You can’t equate that to Emmett Till,” he said. “You just cannot do that. … I think you got to have someone around you that — even if they are the same age or older — is wiser to say, ‘Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that.'”

On a remix to rapper Future’s song “Karate Chop,” Wayne boasts that he’ll “Beat that p–sy up like Emmett Till,” referencing Till’s brutal beating for allegedly whistling at a White woman in 1955. Future’s record label has apologized to Till’s relatives and promised to pull the verse. Wayne has not.

You can read the rest over at Essence.  Wayne doesn’t appear to take a lot of things seriously so you have to wonder if he even cares that the Till family and many others were offended.

Do you think he should apologize for his lyrics?

Skateboard Thugging? Lil Wayne Sued By Fan Who Was Attacked With A Skateboard

February 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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So, a stern “no” and maybe even a push off is no longer an option for some security guards, huh?

TMZ has learned that a lawsuit has been filed against Lil Wayne and his record company after a security allegedly attacked a fan trying to take a picture of the rapper.

In the lawsuit filed by attorney Craig Chisvin, his client Alfredo Marino ran into Lil Wayne and his crew on the streets of Los Angeles in May 2012.  He tried to take a picture of him but when a person with Wayne – presumably a security guard – saw what he was doing, he grabbed a skateboard and hit Marino in the back of the head with it.

It is pretty unclear where the skateboard came from, if it was owned by Wayne or the victim.

Marino claims he sustained a severe head injury from the attack. He is suing Wayne and the record label because he believes they were responsible for enabling him.

It’s also clear that if he wins this case, he’s likely to get more money out of Wayne and/or his record label versus the person who committed the alleged act.

No word from Wayne, the label or the alleged attacker. Marino is seeking unspecified damages.

Attacked with a skateboard…really? If this is true, that is really going a bit far. Perhaps the victim got too close for comfort and he needed to be removed from the situation but aren’t there ways to use a bit more force without possibly doing harm?

Oh Weezy, you have problems even when you had nothing to do with it.

Ashley & JaQuavis: From Hustlers In the Hood To Bestselling Novelists And Filmmakers

January 22nd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Their story reads like a page-turning novel. But that’s probably because they write them.

Cash Money’s Ashley & JaQuavis  (aka Mr. and Mrs. JaQuavis Coleman) have hit the New York Times best seller list twice and have co-authored more than 37 novels, all before reaching the age of 27. They have turned street literature into a legit genre as their urban novels consistently sell.

But it is their life prior to being published authors that could be a plot in one of their books. The pair met when they were kids growing up on the streets of Flint, MI. They survived together by the participating in a life of drugs, violence, and crime.  Though addicted to the money they made from dealing, they knew they wanted out. They went to college and started writing about their past experiences. By the age of 17, during their freshman year, they were already on their way to ink a publishing deal.

Their street cred is part of the reason their novels have been hits. Among their more popular titles are the books in The Cartel series as well as Murder Mamas; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; and Black Friday. Ashley & JaQuavis have been publishing out of one of the giant publishing houses, Simon & Schuster. Together they have written 22 books and separately each has written five books. They have also ghost written more than 10 novels.

The Colemans are readying for the release of various books, including Prada Plan 3 and Murderville 3, the third installment in the Murderville series. The series centers around two youths from Sierra Leone who are trafficked into America — one is forced into the drug game; the other one is turned on to the L.A. sex trade.

Their popularity grabbed the attention of Cash Money Records, which was branching off into literary publishing. They signed on with Cash Money and now they are readying for a film version of one of their books, The Cartel.

Madame Noire spoke with the writing duo.

MadameNoire:  Are you surprised at the crossover success your books have enjoyed?

Ashley: I’m actually not surprised. As an artist of any form you have to have the utmost confidence in your work. From day one I knew that we had tapped into a special talent. We don’t just make up hood stories. We convey them intelligently while still keeping it authentic to the streets that birthed us. From the very first book I knew that we were writing classics, but I also knew we had to put in work before we earned our place. I was just waiting for the rest of the world to catch on.

MN:  Is it hard not to fall back into that former lifestyle?

Ashley: We’ve never looked back to that lifestyle. There isn’t even the temptation to go back. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to go legit and make a life for yourself without taking any risks. There was a certain appeal to the fast life because it was easy money…but we’re still applying the same principles that we learned coming up in Flint. We’re just applying them to a different game, a business game. There is no temptation because we were never addicted to the lifestyle. We were addicted to the money and our novels and upcoming films have been very lucrative.

MN: If someone wants to make a life transition such as you two have done, what would your advice be?

JaQuavis: If you’re into anything negative, get out of it quick. Use us as an example and turn a negative into a positive. The game ain’t for everybody.

MN:  Why do you think so many people can relate to your books?

JaQuavis: We come from a dark place. We know how to intelligently depict what a young child, man, or woman sees in the ghetto. It comes from a real place, that’s why they feel us. They feel the authenticity.

Is This Really The End? Lil Wayne Tells Sway ‘Carter V’ Will Be His Last Album

November 24th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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As the saying goes, I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I think I can hear many of you cheering through the internet as you read the title.

Allhiphop.com is reporting that during a new MTv Special titled MTV First: Lil Wayne, he spoke candidly with host Sway and gave him the real truth on what’s going on with his music and how much longer he’s going to be putting out albums. He told Sway:

“I’ve been rapping since I was eight years old. That’s a long time. I’d like to do so many more things, and when I like to do something, I end up loving to do it real quick. When I love to do something, I’m fully focused on it and it only. Music is sometimes not that it.

“I know ya’ll want me around for a little bit and Carter V is my last album.”

Well, when you look at it like that, Wayne has been rapping for like 20 years and with any other job, you want to retire (no, he didn’t have an album out at age 8 but he’s been hanging with Cash Money since he was about 13).  AHH does report, however, that he also has the I Am Not A Human Being 2 album coming out in February so for all the fans, don’t get too scared because that means you have two more albums coming from Weezy F. Baby.

Something tells me he’ll pull a Jay-Z and be back to music without ever even really leaving.

6 Superstars Made Even More Successful by Black Artists

July 2nd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Since the new millennium artists have emerged that rival the popularity of legends that spent decades building their careers. They are reaching audiences worldwide due in large part to their abilities to blur the lines between genres and generate cross-cultural appeal. Whether by signing them or producing monster hits, many seasoned African-American artists are behind these megastars.  The Atlanta Post rounds up six:

 

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Lady Gaga and Akon

Lady Gaga is currently the biggest music star in the world.  Her latest album “Born This Way” recently sold over 1 million records in less than a week.  Much of her success can be accredited to Akon.  Recognizing her vocal ability Akon convinced Interscope records to sign Gaga in a joint deal with his record label, Kon Live Distribution.  In the past he has referred to her as his “franchise player” and recently admitted to considering retirement due to the income the “Mother Monster” is bringing in.

Birdman, Busta Rhymes, and Wahida Clark On Cash Money’s Venture Into Publishing

May 26th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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When it comes to books, Birdman says he’s into the “hood Isht.” It’s no wonder then that he founded Cash Money Content to publish books that cater to Street Lit fans with titles like “Justify My Thug” by Wahida Clark, “Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice” and Ice Berg Slim’s classic “Pimp” (a re-released version).

TAP correspondent Eno Alfred attended the Cash Money Content event at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, where the publishing company introduced their roster of authors. She caught up with Birdman to talk about his vision for his new Cash Money spinoff, Busta Rhymes about his love of literature, and more. Check it out!