Bryan Williams aka Birdman said that the Birdman can fly in any weather, but when it rains the Birdman shuts down and look for shelter when it pours. According to an article I read on AllHipHop.com, Cash Money not paying employees, partners, and contractors has been associated with the label for years. The company’s head Bryan “Birdman” Williams has been hit with lawsuits from producers to construction liens in order to receive payments the respective parties claim they are owed. One former business associate of YMCMB was involved in a different method of expressing displeasure of not being paid by Birdman.
Wendy Day the founder of Rap Coalition helped brokered some of the biggest distribution deals in Hip Hop history including the unprecedented $30 million deal between Cash Money Records and Universal. Wendy was not entirely compensated for breaking such lucrative distribution deals for Cash Money/YCMB, and one of her friends decided to ruffle up Mr. Cash Money’s feathers.
Here is the script of the interview Day had with Nah Right that went into detail about the incident that made Birdman apologize for not paying her for her part brokering $30 million deal.
When Cash Money didn’t pay you, did they give you a reason or just cut off communication?
They just cut off communication. At one point, one of my artist friends bumped into Birdman and put a gun to his head and made him call and apologize to me, which he did. He [Birdman] called me up and said “oh, your friend just pulled me out of Hot 97 and I’m here on the street, on my knees and I want to apologize to you. I really didn’t care about the apology. I wanted to know, why would somebody shit on someone that changed their life for the better? I just couldn’t wrap my head around that and he couldn’t really give me a good answer. Maybe because he was a little scared himself based on the situation.
Well, the gun…
Yeah I can see where that would be a little intimidating. He [Birdman] said to me “sue me, when I have to pay you, you’ll get paid.” He said it very nonchalantly and very matter-of-factly, and as time wore on I saw that he didn’t pay anybody. He didn’t pay the t-shirt manufacturers, he didn’t pay the Fruit of Islam for security, he didn’t pay security guards for security, he didn’t pay his staff, he didn’t pay his office rent. They didn’t pay anybody.
That was part of No Limit’s downfall – not paying their artists. So it’s crazy Cash Money has survived this long with the same business model. It’s even strange that no one has attempted to kill Birdman or Slim as they’ve screwed a lot of people.
I’m a little surprised by that myself. It’s a testament to their luck because they screwed over a lot of people. It is very surprising and I’m thankful that nothing bad has happened to them because they’ve made a lot of great music over the years and I love being able to say I helped create that. I helped build that company so I would never want something bad to happen but it’s amazing to me that even today they still have the same mentality like I’m still hearing people say “I wasn’t paid properly.” A couple of years ago we heard Drake say “they’re not paying me, I’m not getting paid properly.” So it’s like damn, Drake too? After all these years you haven’t learned? It’s just crazy to me.
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