Birdman’s legacy in the rap game traces back to his groundbreaking venture when he co-founded Cash Money Records in 1991. In a recent interview, Birdman divulged a remarkable and somewhat unusual challenge he faced during the label’s early years: the responsibility of raising two budding artists, Lil Wayne and B.G., while he was still a young man himself.
To provide some context, Lil Wayne, originally known as “Baby D,” and B.G., who went by “Lil Doogie” at the time, joined Cash Money in the early 1990s as a duo known as the B.G.’z. Later on, B.G. adopted the group’s name as his own moniker. In 1995, their debut album, “True Story,” hit the shelves, with B.G. at the tender age of 14 and Lil Wayne just 12.
Birdman recently shared his reflections on those early days in an interview that stirred up conversations on social media. He recalled a time when both B.G. and Wayne were living under his roof. The conversation with the interviewer began with a prompt, “B.G. recorded his own album, Wayne came back, and he lived with you from then on out.”
Notably, Wayne’s mother had initially discouraged him from pursuing a career in rap when he was still a pre-teen, a setback that weighed heavily on the young artist. Following this incident, Wayne found his way back to Cash Money.
“B.G. was already living with me,” Birdman explained. “B.G.’s mom gave him to me.”
The interviewer, seeking more insights, asked Birdman about his age at that point, to which Birdman responded, “Seventeen, eighteen,” Birdman replied. “I was a kid. I was a baby raising babies.”
Birdman’s candid recollection sheds light on the early struggles and sacrifices made by both the young artists and himself as they navigated the complexities of the music industry together. This unique journey paved the way for the enduring success of Cash Money Records and the eventual rise of Lil Wayne as a rap icon, making it a story worth celebrating.