The Story of Cash Money Records

The Story of Cash Money Records

by Terri Dougherty
     
 

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Founded in New Orleans in the early 1990s, Cash Money Records faced an uphill battle as it struggled to gain respect. Brothers Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" William started the label by recording New Orleans artists who were part of the local "bounce music" scene. The label's young rappers, including Juvenile, B.G., and Turk, worked hard to deliver hits,

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Founded in New Orleans in the early 1990s, Cash Money Records faced an uphill battle as it struggled to gain respect. Brothers Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" William started the label by recording New Orleans artists who were part of the local "bounce music" scene. The label's young rappers, including Juvenile, B.G., and Turk, worked hard to deliver hits, but inner turmoil almost derailed Cash Money's success.

The breakout success of Lil Wayne, who became the label's biggest star and even served as its president for a time, helped Cash Money survive during a difficult decade. Today stars like Drake and Nicki Minaj are helping to make Cash Money Records a household name in the hip-hop world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Ronald "Slim" Williams and his brother, Bryan "Baby" Williams, grew up in a rough, violent neighborhood in New Orleans and learned early they would have to work hard to overcome their difficult surroundings. At the ages of twenty-four and twenty-two these brothers founded Cash Money Records and it was the first recording company to give Southern rap music a national audience. The early years were difficult and the brothers resorted to selling copies of their music out of their cars. But within a few years Cash Money Records had signed promising artists like Kilo-G, Pimp Daddy, and B.G., and record sales began to skyrocket. Despite its financial success, Cash Money received little respect from others in the music business. Artists came and went and the type of music the label produced began to change, expanding into other styles such as R&B, and Hip Hop. Finally, a talented rapper named Lil Wayne signed on and his music brought huge success to the company. Lil Wayne worked hard and could produce hit songs at a feverish pace, but he had trouble in his personal life and was sent to prison for drug possession. Lil Wayne's success had solidified Cash Money Records' reputation in the music business and led to the signing of other big name artists such as Nicki Minaj, Jay Sean, and Drake. While other rap labels came and went, Cash Money Records survived legal and money issues and continued to expand and grow. Today the Williams brothers credit the label's success to its ability to stay focused and make good decisions. This book should appeal to anyone interested in the rise of rap and hip-hop music. Included in this book is a chronology of events, index, glossary, internet resources, and suggestions for further reading. Part of the "Hip-Hop Hitmakers" series. Reviewer: Heather Kinard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422221129
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Series:
Hip-Hop Hitmakers Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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