Feature: Birdman and Slim Remain Rap's Ultimate Moguls
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:38
They not only lead the mainstream, they change it.
Of all the empires in hip-hop (and there are quite a few great ones), Cash Money's dynasty remains the strongest. Think about it. What other company in the game has been around since 1991 and is still run by the individuals who initially started it? Moreover, who else has managed to be consistently cutting edge and on the top of the charts at the same time? That all comes back to its founders brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. 24 years ago these gentlemen had a vision to give the south a voice. Let's trace the snapshots of the company's biggest and best eras and what's on the horizon now.
They did that with seminal releases from Juvenile, The Hot Boys, and countless others throughout the nineties. Juvenile's classic 400 Degreez from 1998 went quadruple-platinum and remains their best-selling release in the catalog. It's a juggernaut, and rap wouldn't be the same without it.
Things only got bigger in the aughts. Lil Wayne delivered a string of hip-hop powerhouses with Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter III Tha Carter III, and Tha Carter IV in addition to both I Am Not a Human Being albums, The Leak EP, and so many others. He broke records, won Grammy Awards, and crushed the entire game. Birdman and Slim saw that within him so many years ago. The dynasty's influence could be felt everywhere back in 2008. Seriously, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing "Lollipop" from Tha Carter III. Also, we can't forget some downright unforgettable albums from Birdman himself such as Pricele$$ and 5 * Stunna, both of which are classics in their own right.
Watch the Music Video for Lil Wayne's "Lollipop"