For when you get tired of watch 'Baller Blockin''
A rare Cash Money documentary from the days before their A-list ascendancy has been posted to the internet. The 40-minute doc takes an in-depth look at Cash Money before the group took over for the ‘99 and the 2000. While the heyday of the Hot Boyz has been well-documented, this look into the label before they exploded outside of New Orleans is well worth a watch.
The doc talks to B.G., Turk, Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, and Juvenile as the artists head to Atlanta and Texas, spreading their sound the old-fashioned way. This was before Universal signed on to give the label a massive distribution network and a healthy injection of cash that the artists likely didn’t see. The video also includes label co-founders Slim and Birdman, who are currently being sued by some of the labels biggest stars for failure to properly pay royalties.
The documentary is a glimpse into the label when they were merely a wildly successful local label — still small enough to beef with cross-town rivals No Limit — and not a high-powered hit factory with Drake and Nicki Minaj on the roster. The material was all filmed before both labels would go through a spike in popularity, with only Cash Money finding a way to sustain the surge.
Lil Wayne is currently suing Cash Money for failure to pay royalties to him and his Young Money imprint, where Minaj and Drake were signed. Wayne has amended a section of his long-standing lawsuit to claim that Universal and Cash Money worked together to ensure that the artists would not see the money they were owed.
“Despite Universal being aware of Cash Money’s obligations to pay royalties and profits to Plaintiffs, and Cash Money’s failure to do so, Universal made a series of huge cash advances to Cash Money which Universal contended were nonetheless collateralized by, and recoupable by Universal against, the future revenues on Drake and other artist records and albums delivered by Cash Money,” the lawsuit alleges.
“Universal knew that Cash Money would not reserve from such advances sufficient funds to meet its obligations to Plaintiffs, pay to Plaintiffs earnings on the records co-owned by them, or to pay or account to other artists or vendors,” it says.
Though Lil Wayne and Birdman were once so close that the rapper refered to the Cash Money head as his father and kissed him in public, their relationship has fallen apart since the legal troubles began.
A few days after Birdman posted nostalgic photos of himself and a remarkably young Weezy, the rapper dissed his one-time mentor from the stage.
“Birdman, you can suck my d*ck!” he yelled during a concert in June.
$40 million can definitely put that kind of strain on even the closest family.
Watch The Doc
Watch the documentary up top for a look back at a simpler and happier time.
What do you think? Was this the peak era of Cash Money? Are you a bigger fan of unstoppable mixtape Weezy? Or do you ride for their mega-star period in the late ‘00s up until today? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.