Unreleased cash money records tracks will flood market
Cash Money Records co-founder, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, tweeted a picture of what looks like hundreds of unreleased tapes from over the years claiming he will begin releasing “500 songs a year for the next 5 years.”
Judging by the picture, it looks like most of them could be cassette tapes and for those of you excited that this might include some lost Drake or Niki Minaj gems, don’t get your hopes up. I’m sure there are plenty of some of the “modern-era” Cash Money artists’ songs in his vault—but let’s be real, they probably weren’t recorded on cassette tape before their signing in 2009.
Cash Money Records started in 1991 with a handful of rappers that, unless you lived in New Orleans and bought CD’s out of a trunk, you probably never heard of.
Spawning from their primordial “red tapes” alongside other New Orleans-based bounce-music godfathers (shout-out to DJ Irv and TT Tucker), CMR was just another grassroots label grinding and hustling the vibrant local scene. While a handful of the original artists stuck around and found fame, the majority of the early members have unfortunately become lost into obscurity.
The mid to late 90’s however were the glory days of the record label, producing a raw, homegrown, and uniquely New Orleans rap style that was an undeniable pillar in hip-hop history.
Hot Boys Reunion?
You probably know the Hot Boyz’ hit album 400 Degrees if you had a pulse in the 1990s. The four time platinum album solidified already established rappers Juvenile and B.G. as rap superstars, but also gave Lil’ Wayne and Turk their first taste of big success.
What many don’t know is that before 1998, most of these guys had been hustling their music in parking lots out of car trunks, allegedly selling 300,000 copies in ONLY New Orleans before signing to national distributor.
The four original members of the Hot Boyz have made a couple attempts at reuniting, but B.G. makes their full reunion a reach on account of his rather lengthy prison sentence he’s currently serving.
A Lot of Mannie
Mannie Fesh was Cash Money Records “in-house” producer throughout the golden years. If it had that big, diamond encrusted, dollar sign on the label, he probably produced it. Overlooked as one of the most pioneering producers in hip-hop history, Fresh’s beats were a quintessential predecessor to the musical stylings of many modern “bangers”. A musical auteur, Mannie Fresh’s beats can be identified within the first few seconds of hearing those synthesized 808 horns and marching band snare drum syncopation. In layman’s musical terms? that “bap bap-bap-bap bap bap bap-bap-bap”… c’mon you know what I’m talking about!
So what’s with deal with tapes? Well…