Whether Scarface and Rap-A-Lot, or Kurupt and Death Row, Rap labels have a history of on-again, off-again statuses with artists. New Orleans, Louisiana’s Cash Money Records has a detailed reputation for having artists leave the label apparently upset, only to return later.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Universal Records-distributed label started by Birdman and brother Ronald “Slim” Williams found success with Hot Boys, a collective including Juvenile, Lil Wayne, B.G., and Lil Turk—along with their respective solo careers. Additionally, the CMR squad included Big Tymers, a duo consisting of Birdman (t/k/a Baby) and producer/MC Mannie Fresh. By the mid-2000s, nearly all of those artists had vacated the label. Lil Wayne remained, to ascend as a soloist to one of Rap’s biggest superstars. Meanwhile, Mannie, B.G., and Juvenile signed major label contracts elsewhere—and releasing albums. Turk would go independent, releasing albums at Laboratory Records.
In 2016, the Cash Money Millionaires (the name used for the 2000s label roster) appear to be reaching for reunion. While Lil Wayne is immersed in a $51 million lawsuit with the label he has worked his whole career, Turk revealed via social media that he has re-signed. The artist who was part of hits such as “We On Fire” and “I Need A Hot Girl” confirmed:
Less than one year ago, Turk released mixtape, Get Money Stay Real 2. As a solo artist, the N.O. rapper only released one album with CMR—2001’s Top 10 Young & Thuggin’. That album featured Hot Boys members as well as then label-mate Mack 10. Based on his Instagram hashtags, it appears Turk may be recording Young & Thuggin’ 2 with the label.
Last year, Juvenile returned to the label, and participated in Rich Gang. Mannie Fresh recently released the first of long-anticipated reunion material. The song, “Hate,” featured Wayne, Mannie, and Juvy. B.G. and Turk were not included in the Mass Appeal Records digital release.
B.G. is presently incarcerated. In 2012, the “Bling, Bling” star was sentenced to 14 years in prison for possession of a firearm and witness tampering.
In 2016, Cash Money released Drake’s Views, a platinum #1 release. Outside of its ongoing dispute with Wayne, the label is also presently home to Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and Rich Gang, among others.