New York, NY – Cash Money signature artist Lil Wayne has renewed his deal with Cash Money Records, ending speculation about the much sought after rapper.
“Lil Wayne is part of the heart and soul of the Cash Money family and always will be,” stated Label President and co-founder Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams. “He has grown up with Cash Money and we’ve watched him mature as an artist and now as an entrepreneur, with his new Young Money Label.”
Cash Money co-founder Brian ‘Baby’ Williams adds on to what his brother says, “Lil Wayne eats, sleeps, breathes hip-hop just like we do, and this deal locks down an even greater future together.”
Wayne is slated to drop his highly-anticipated new album later in the year, The Carter II, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed gold-plus 2004 release, The Carter. The rapper has kept himself busy with a slew of hit side projects, fast becoming one of the most recognizable forces in hip-hop. Wayne was one of only two guest artists invited to grace Destiny Child’s comeback album, with his knockout cameo on their smash “Soldier,” proving to be an MTV staple. More recently, Lil Wayne holds it down for mentor Bryan ‘Baby’ Williams on his hit single “Shyne On,” from Baby’s upcoming album, Fast Money.
Lil Wayne is also stretching his entrepreneurial muscles, celebrating his continuing relationship with Cash Money with a series of new artist launches on his Young Money Record label. Among the artists to be launched on the new imprint is R&B artist Real – who debuted on Wayne’s The Carter, and Mannie Fresh’s most recent effort.
Recruited in the streets of New Orleans by the Williams brothers when he was only 11- years old, Lil Wayne was groomed on Cash Money groundbreakers like UNLV and BG. Launched via the platinum-plus group The Hot Boys, (with the smash single “Hot Boys” paving the way) Wayne soon become an integral part of the Cash Money revenue stream with hit side projects and a budding solo career. The Carter marked his fourth solo effort, (a worthy follow-up to the 2002 gold-plus 500 Degrees) and his first release launched under the Young Money Entertainment banner.
Cash Money Records continues to be in a venture Universal/Motown Records