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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Truth Behind Cash Money Vs No Limit Records Beef


Cash Money Records and No Limit Records were both two of the largest hip-hop powerhouses in New Orleans. What people don’t know is that the beef started before both camps really started blowing up.

Anybody that been a follower of deep dirty south music knows about the history or the turf rivalry that been going on between Cash Money and No Limit Records.

Artists such as U.N.L.V., and BG started off the war by going at Mystikal on songs like Drag Em in the River and Fuck Big Boy. The beef would take a turn for the worst on the street level when one of the artists was killed sitting in his car.

How Master P Survived A Decade Of Music

Mystikal waited until he released his 2nd album Mind of Mysikal to retaliate to the Cash Money disses and he did in a major way putting out one of the best songs of his career with Beware: The track not only showed that Mysikal wasn’t a punk but he can also get down and dirty with the best of them as well.

The Mind of Mystikal ended up opening up doors for Mystikal and his career as he would go on to find bigger success by signing to Master P and No Limit Records in 1997. Cash Money meanwhile would continue to build their underground following with releases from B.G, The Hot Boys, and Juvenile.

The beef would die down briefly but 1998 was the breaking year for both camps. Master P after all of the hard work that he’s put in with his consistent releases from himself and his camp would finally catch the big break as he released Ghetto D with his smash Make Em Say Uggh.

Cash Money Records signed a deal with Universal worth 30 million records along with keeping 85 % of their royalties and 50% of their ownership and publishing. This was the big break Cash Money needed and now with the big financial backing, They could finally compete with Master P and No Limit.

The rivalry started heating up once again starting with Juvenile’s album as they would take subliminal shots at No Limit on Rich Niggaz, UPT, and Welcome 2 the Nolia. No Limit artist retaliated with the songs Beef and The Empire where he speaks on the Industry and other labels hating on No Limit for their success.

1999 was the year Cash Money truly reached their peak and No Limit started to lose steam. P was focusing more on doing movies, managing athletes, and trying out for the NBA while in the meanwhile Cash Money was continue to steamroll into 1999 developed from the previous year.


Cash Money continued to crank out the hits while the No Limit sound was starting to fade away. P has never been the type to really battle on wax. He was more of a street type of guy or the type of guy that would send his soldiers to handle his dirty work like a mob boss.

The beef took a very controversial turn when this group called Da Wild Boyz released a diss song/Video on the whole Cash Money camp. Its been said that these guys were affiliated with No Limit and the song ended making some local noise.

TWUM Talks Lil Wayne


The beef would take more violent turn as there have been rumors of physical altercations between both camps. There have been instances where the beef went violent as C-Murder stuck a gun in juvenile’s mouth and had Cash Money artists tuck in their chains.

Both Mystikal and B.G. would end up having personal issues with P and Baby respectively. Mystikal got caught slipping and started sleeping with C-Murders girlfriend at the time Monica. Master P heard about it and sent his goon squad to stomp Mystikal out thus leading to his exit. B.G and juvenile on the other hand left Cash Money claiming that Baby stole royalty checks and tour money.

As for who won the overall rivalry, Many would say Cash Money since their still around but nevertheless this rivalry would go down in hip hop history as one of the most violent in hip hop.

CMR was responsible for launching the careers of Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G., Drake, Nicki Minaj, among others and NLR was responsible for catapulting the 504 Boyz, C-Murder, Fiend, Kane & Abel, Master P, Mia X, Mystikal, and Silkk the Shocker to stardom.

Turk was quick to state that no tensions existed between the artists on the respective labels, instead pointing the blame to label heads Master P and Bryan “Birdman” Williams.

Cash Money vs No Limit! How did Bird make his artists last longer than P's Nolimit artists? Some say Bird and some artists were heroin users and heavily caught up in the street life while still keeping secure hood and industry connections 1hunnid.

Now others say Master P was a ball playing finesser that went to the Bay area and learned some things about independent rap sheets and came back home and secured the start of the New Orleans major rap scene.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lil Wayne Suing Universal Music Group

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) Lil Wayne claims that he’s owed tens of millions of dollars for discovering and nurturing artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga. In the latest episode of his ongoing legal drama with the recording company, Lil Wayne, or Dwayne Carter Jr., claims that Universal Music Group is paying itself instead of paying the royalties it owes him, who filed a federal lawsuit. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Carter claims that Universal has diverted tens of millions of dollars of his profits to repay itself for the $100 million USD it advanced to Cash Money Records, Inc.

“With Universal’s knowledge of Lil Wayne’s rights to partial ownership and profits from those artists, Universal and Cash Money entered into a series of agreements which, among other things, diverted Lil Wayne’s substantial profits to repay debts of Cash Money. As a result, 100% of the profits that should have been paid to Lil Wayne as a result of his ownership of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga records have been seized by Universal to repay debts that were neither incurred by nor were the obligations of Lil Wayne.”

Lil Wayne’s Young Money label, a joint venture with Universal’s Cash Money, was designed to “manufacture, distribute, promote and exploit performances of new recording artists discovered by Carter and signed to the label.” A 2003 agreement states the profits “would be divided 51% – 49% between Cash Money and Carter, and ownership of all the Young Money Label property, (e.g., master recordings, copyrights, intellectual property, good will) similarly would be owned 51% – 49% between Cash Money and Carter, respectively.”

“Ignoring Lil Wayne’s documented ownership interest in the records of these artists, Universal confiscated Wayne’s profits to repay the large Cash Money Records debt for which neither Wayne nor his Young Money Entertainment company has any responsibility,” says a representative. “Universal further deprived Wayne of millions of dollars in SoundExchange royalties owing on account of his ownership of these records. Universal should be grateful and respectful to Lil Wayne for the millions of dollars in distribution fees and profits they have earned on the artists he brought to the company, instead of seizing all of his profits on those artists in a desperate attempt to recoup the tens of millions of dollars they are owed by Cash Money Records.”

Because the agreement between Young Money and Cash Money expired June of last year, it puts upcoming albums such as Drakes Views From The 6 in the middle of the battle. Lil Wayne is currently seeking $40 million USD in damages. However, a representative from Universal Music Group says all of Lil Wayne’s claims are without merit. “It should be no surprise that we learned of the lawyer’s complaint through the news media,” he writes. “We don’t intend to dignify this with further public comment except to say that we will vigorously contest it and that the merits of our case will carry the day.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Fat Yunginn (@fatYunginn) F/ Rylo Rodriguez (@RyloRodriguez) - "No Choice"

Recently Cash Money Records released Dallas, Texas rapper Fat Yunginn's newest music featuring Rylo Rodriguez titled, "No Choice." Filmed in Rylo's hometown the video shows the two rappers interacting and flashing their jewelry as the two rap about their lack of options coming from the streets. "We linked up when he had a show at Dallas at V Live.

I think one of his managers hit me back and he knocked out his verse in like 30-45 minutes," Fat Yunginn said. "It's a song about how a nigga had to do music because I had No Choice or I'd be dead or in jail. I had No Choice but to make it happen or I could be dead or in jail. We shot some of the scenes in Atlanta and we shot some scenes in Mobile, Alabama where Rylo is from."

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Birdman And Mannie Fresh Reunites

It has been over a decade since Birdman and Mannie Fresh split after a legendary run together as the executive + producer team behind Cash Money Records' rise in the rap game. But come October 7, they will have officially put their long estrangement behind them, as the duo announced a Big Tymers reunion show that will mark Fresh's return to the label.

Holding down the exclusive role as in-house producer of Cash Money since 1993, Mannie Fresh was almost solely responsible for the production work behind the Hot Boys albums that put New Orleans rap on the map. He would also compose the solo projects of members Juvenile, BG, Turk and Lil Wayne, before forming the Big Tymers tandem with the label head himself. But in 2005 a royalties dispute spelled the end of his relationship with Birdman, and the two went their separate ways.

News of the group's restoration comes on the heels of the label's deal to release a documentary titled, "The Cash Money Story: Before Anythang," through Apple Music. On Friday, September 2, tickets went on sale for fans interested in seeing the Big Tymers perform hits off of their 5 album catalog, at the New Orleans' House of Blues. The show promises to feature special guest appearances, and with such a nostalgic Cash Money Films project abound, Birdman just may make a push to bring other members of the original Cash Money camp back into the fold.

Is Lil Wayne Retiring?

Lil Wayne's ongoing feud with Birdman and Cash Money Records for the last few years has almost stopped him from putting out music entirely. Lil Wayne's 'Carter V' album has been completed for some time, but has also been the source of his frustration with Cash Money who has yet to release the album. Along with that, Cash Money Records allegedly owes Wayne over $50 million. Lil Wayne has not held back on how he feels about the entire situation, taking to numerous outlets including concerts and clubs to yell out "F*ck Cash Money."

Now, Lil Wayne has taken to Twitter to get some thoughts off of his chest, with the main one hinting at a possible retirement from the rapper. Wayne went on to say "I am now defenseless and mentally defeated & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I'm dun." Wayne also went on to note that he's not "looking for sympathy, just serenity." It sounds like Wayne is looking to make peace with the whole situation. Rick Ross chimed in with a tweet of his own, responding to a fan by saying "get Birdman on the phone," in reference to Wayne leaving Cash Money. Lil Wayne later went on to assure fans that he is ok, tweeting "I'm good y'all don't trip."

Monday, September 26, 2016

Birdman Gets Ordered To Court

Lil Wayne is doing all he can legally to find out what Birdman did with the money he claims he owes him. A judge has ordered the Cash Money Records founder to share the accounting records aka the receipts.

Wayne had previously asked to see Birdman’s financial records to find out how he burned through $70 mil they were supposed to split from a $100 million advance from Universal.
As we reported … Birdman’s lawyers say they’ve already forked over more than 20,000 pages of docs to Wayne’s legal team. But Wayne’s attorneys claim those are useless, and they want a full-on money trail.

Here’s the problem for Birdman — his peeps over at Cash Money weren’t keeping very good track of those records … for 2 whole years. Birdman’s lawyer shrugged it off this way … “It is what it is.”
That excuse didn’t fly with the judge … who gave Birdman 30 days to find those records, or get the right person who knows where they are and get ’em to Wayne.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

TWUM Talks Lil Wayne

We are ready to deliver you some of their best "Lil Wayne" moments. Check out some of the post below to see how we like to portray the rapper. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B.G.'z.

 Rumors has it that Lil Wayne and Christina Milian have called it quits. It apparently happened in late August, which meant TnT (Tina & Tunechi) lasted about a year...More (CLICK HERE)

 When the Cash Money Millionaires say they do it big, they really mean it. Join "The Wrap-Up Magazine" with MTV cribs as they take a walk with Birdman and Lil Wayne through there crib in New Orleans...MORE (CLICK HERE)

 Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa has been enlisted as Americas next top Dj's. Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa are going into a new business — DJing — and they’re charging a lot for rank amateurs...MORE (CLICK HERE)

 Karrine Steffans just released a new visual interview video on +Lil Wayne and why she will never stop sleeping with him. Karrine Steffans sat down with VladTV and spoke in-depth about her non-exclusive relationship with Lil Wayne, saying they met in 2007 and more. Watch the interview below...MORE (CLICK HERE)

 Lil Wayne has been one of Cash Money’s flagship stars since he signed with the label at age 12, and for years he saw Williams as a father figure, frequently dubbing himself “Birdman Jr.”..MORE (CLICK HERE)

 Turk sat down for an in-depth interview with VladTV where he shared his thoughts on Lil Wayne allegedly saying that he wanted away from YMCMB, and Birdman...MORE (CLICK HERE)

 Rumors are that +YMCMB YOLO member +Lil Tunechi also known as +Lil Wayne friend has been killed by police. Keith “Magik” Atkinson, close friend of YMCMB bosses Lil Wayne and Mack Maine, was killed last week by New Orleans police, and his family and friends say the circumstances surrounding his death are questionable...MORE (CLICK HERE)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bow Wow Leaves Cash Money

Another Cash Money Records member leaves Birdman side. Shad Moss better known as Bow Wow announced that he has parted ways with Cash Money records, and that he’s working with Snoop & Jermaine Dupri on his new project.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mystikal Talks Cash Money Records

Rapper Mystikal decides to keep it real and states why he wants off Cash Money Records. Mystikal reveals that he is having creative differences with Cash Money and wants out in this visual video.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Whats Next For Wayne And His Empire


Lil Wayne just got a 10 million dollar check cut t him on behalf of a lawsuit with Birdman, he is also cut free from Cash Money Records. So What's next for the greatest rapper of all time?

Will Wayne go to Roc Nation or begin his own thing? Lil Wayne fans threw their lighters up last week when news broke that the New Orleans rap icon reportedly settled his dispute.

R&B singer and Cash Money signee Jacquees has another side to that story, though. “I just talked to Stunna the other day,” Jacquees confirmed. “He told me Wayne Cash Money. He said everything good.”

Baby even said he’d arrange for Weezy to hop on a record with the 24-year-old, too. Another Cash Money vet, and New Orleans emcee, Mack Maine, affirmed this after letting Jacquees know that Wayne “always rocked with [him].”


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Drake Sends Lil Wayne A Message

Lil Wayne celebrated his 34th birthday on Tuesday [September 27], and as might be expected for one of the most celebrated artists in music, he received a lot of birthday love, with everyone from his ex-wife, Toya Wright, to estranged mentor Birdman honoring him on social media. He also received a deep shout out from Young Money titan Drake, who gave the legendary New Orleans rapper credit for helping spawn his career.

“Everything I got is because of God and you,” Drake wrote via Instagram. “Happy birthday to my brother. Thanks for believing in all of us when you didn’t have to. YM we still alive Free C5.”

Fans might note that Drake closed his message by calling for the release of Tha Carter V. The world might not have to wait too much longer before Cash Money Records puts the long awaited album out, as a recent court ruling got the ball rolling in the direction of resolving Wayne and Birdman's bitter legal dispute. The Cash Money mogul was given a month to hand over a full record detailing how the $70 million Wayne was promised a share of was spent after a judge determined that the 22,000 pages of documents previously released were insufficient. While the judgement proved to be a set-back for Birdman, it didn't keep him from wishing Wayne a happy birthday, as he went about flooding his Instagram page with blessings for the man he's long referred to as his son.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Turk Sues Cash Money Records

Rapper Turk of The Hot Boy$ is joining his homie Lil Wayne on filing a lawsuit against Birdman‘s label for allegedly cheating him out of millions. According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Turk claims Birdman and Cash Money have done some shady accounting and kept the info on his real earnings under wraps. Now he wants his money.

Looks like Turk and Weezy had a chat because Turk says the label broke its deal with him — and just like LW … he’s demanding a judge hand over rights to all of his music. TMZ broke the story … Lil Wayne is going in on Cash Money for $51 million. Turk wants the court to void his contract and give him at least $1.3 million in damages.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Drake Gets New Lil Wayne Tattoo

Drake is throwing his full support behind Lil Wayne and wants the world to know it. The Canadian rapper recently inked Weezy's face on his left tricep. Wayne is currently locked in a bitter legal battle with Birdman. He filed a $51 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Cash Money Records co-owner back in January of 2015.

The situation is an uncomfortable one for Drake, because he is signed to Wayne's Young Money Records imprint, which is a subsidiary of Cash Money. Meaning, he essentially has two bosses. Drake's new tattoo would seem to indicate whose corner he's in.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Birdman Talks Being Homeless, Guns, Trust, Money, And More

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) Cash Money Records CEO Birdman sat down with Angie Martinez for his most personal interview to date. The two also discussed the status of his relationship with Lil Wayne which stunna says is “kosher’ at this time, his upcoming BET show, the new Cash Money Records roster, shopping his biopic, his favorite rappers at this time which includes Maino, Uncle Murda + more.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

GSO Phat (@GSO_Phat) F/ Boosie Badazz (@BOOSIEOFFICIAL) - "Diddy Bop" (Video)

Cash Money Records/7 Kings Entertainment presents artist GSO Phat. GSO Phat linked up with the Baton Rouge, Louisiana legend Boosie Badazz to drop the official music video "Diddy Bop". 

Monday, February 15, 2021

What Is Your Favorite Rap Group?

 


Every now and then, a hip-hop music group breaks through the barriers to the big screen. Run-DMC's place as the most influential rap group and undeniably one of the greatest hip-hop acts of all-time.


Fans Favorite created this thread for hip-hop lovers and viewers of the Wrap Up Magazine to engage on. "We want to know which rap group is your most favorite?"

Monday, April 12, 2021

THE MIKE ENEMIGO STORY: HOW ONE PRISONER IS CHANGING THE GAME, ONE BOOK AT A TIME

THE MIKE ENEMIGO STORY: HOW ONE PRISONER IS CHANGING THE GAME, ONE BOOK AT A TIME

By Seth Ferranti
“If a person has done even a couple of years in prison and possess even the most basic means to obtain literature, there is a 99 percent chance that they’ve heard about Mike Enemigo and The Cell Block,” says Damaneh Abdolah, who plans to produce a podcast and documentary on Mike’s book Conspiracy Theory. But, make no mistake about it, things were not always this way. “Getting to this point has been a very long and arduous process,” says Mike about his journey to becoming America’s #1 incarcerated author. “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done from inside my prison cell. No Internet, computer, phone, text, e-mail or other fancy, helpful devices. Just a few pennies for a budget, and a bunch of ink pens, paper, stamps, envelopes, coffee, adversity, failures, determination, dedication, resilience, creativity and hard work. Oh, and a lot of time. In fact, several years.”

   

 See, Mike’s plan was never to write books, it was to rap. He started rapping back in 1993. Unfortunately, he got caught up in the streets, was arrested in February of 1999, and in 2002 was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole – LWOP, as it’s called – for a 1998 murder. Despite this, in 2004, after he’d been incarcerated for about 5 years, he decided he was going to do what he had to do to record his vocals, even if he had to do it over the prison phone, have his songs produced in the style of mixtapes, and distribute them independently –”maybe have my folks slang ‘em out the trunk, put ‘em in some local stores, etc. – nothin’ too fancy.” And though he hoped to make a few bucks, he didn’t expect to get rich and famous and become a huge rap star: “My primary objectives were to break my story out of prison, give my brain something to focus on other than my confinement, and at least make the money back I’d spent producing the records,” he says. He contacted some people he knew from the streets who were in the rap game and got the ball rolling. But though progress was made, things moved extremely slow. “Being that my resources were very limited, it took a long time to get the simplest of things done.” And by the time he’d accomplish one thing, the music game would change and make what he’d just gotten done less significant. In addition to that, as the years went on, people bought music less and less, due to things like file sharing and illegal downloading, and artists had to start depending more and more on things like live performances to make money; something he obviously couldn’t do from his prison cell. With that, the hope of making any profit got smaller and smaller. However, “I didn’t want to give up because I figured I could create my own little lane, and I’d use my music to promote it, feel me? I’d give my music away by way of downloads to promote myself, then I’d make my money off of something else that couldn’t be illegally downloaded or need to be performed live: maybe I’d learn to draw really well, become a ‘famous’ prison artist and sell my artwork, start a T-shirt line, or maybe even ghostwrite rhymes – something like that.”

   

 He continued on, but so did the problems. In addition to the rapid game changes, coming up on a recorder (something prisoners are not allowed), then recording his vocals and smuggling them out, was a near-impossible task (though he did manage to record and get the vocals to over 100 songs to the streets). And if that wasn’t enough, he began having problems with unreliable industry people and producers who didn’t put his music together the way he wanted, being that he wasn’t able to be present during his studio sessions. In the end, “It got to be too costly for me to do it myself, with my resources, or lack thereof, and I had to pull the plug because it was just to economically foolish to continue,” he explains. So, though it was tough, Mike shut everything down; even to the point of distancing himself from most of the world. “I had to strategize and figure out what my next move was going to be.” He began to research. He began to study. He began to learn, and he began to plot...

Welcome to...The Cell Block

In 2010, while in the hole, Mike decided it was time to redirect his efforts from that of the rap game to the book game. He’d been flirting with the idea for nearly two years already, so when he was given his property in the hole, he made sure to grab the English Grammar for Dummies book he’d bought for this very reason – so he could tighten up his grammar game. “I was always creative ‘cause I’d been writin’ raps. But writin’ raps and writin’ books is a whole different game. I knew if I was gonna do this, I needed to learn to write properly, and I had to master it,” he says. “So I began studying English Grammar for Dummies, while also working on my first book, which was Surviving Prison.” (This book wouldn’t be published until 2018.) Eventually Mike got out of the hole, where he was able to buy a typewriter and other supplies, and he began typing the books he’d written by hand, as well as figuring out how he was going to publish them, under the new publishing company he was building, The Cell Block, which he planned to run just like a record label. “When first trying to figure out how I was going to publish my books, I had no idea what I was gonna do,” he says. “My people were taking the Directory [The BEST Resource Directory for Prisoners] to Kinkos, trying to have it printed up. I think it cost us around $17 to have one copy printed and bound with one of those plastic strips. And with the leading directory at the time priced at $18, there was no way we were going to be able to sell ours at a profit,” he explains. “But one thing I knew for sure, I wasn’t gonna quit or give up. So I kept reading everything I could find, and eventually I saw something about CreateSpace. This was a game-changer for me.”

   

Mike launched The Cell Block officially in 2014 with five books – The BEST Resource Directory For Prisoners, The Art & Power of Letter Writing for Prisoners, Thee Enemy of the State and Conspiracy Theory, all of which he wrote; and Loyalty & Betrayal, a book he did with Armando Ibarra – with a promise of many more to come. And, though things did not go exactly as he hoped (what else is new, right?) in 2014, he learned a lot and built upon his team. In January 2015 he dropped four more books – BASic Fundamentals of The Game, by Mac B.A.$.; Lost Angels, a book he did with Alex Valentine; and Money iz the Motive, a book he did with TCB author Ca$ciou$ Green, plus the revision of his Directory. He continued on, and in 2016 dropped seven  books: How to Hustle & Win; Sex, Money, Murder Edition, and Underworld Zilla, with TCB author King Guru; Money iz the Motive 2, MOBSTAR Money and Block Money, with TCB author Ca$ciou$ Green; The Millionaire Prisoner: Special TCB Edition, with incarcerated author Josh Kruger; and A Guide to Relapse Prevention For Prisoners, with inmate Charles Hottinger. In 2017 he dropped the newest edition of The Best Resource Directory for Prisoners, and Kitty Kat, a non-nude adult entertainment resource book he did with Freebird Publishers. In 2018 he dropped several more books: Surviving Prison: The Secrets to Surviving the Most Treacherous and Notorious Prisons in America!; The Art & Power of Letter Writing for Prisoners, Deluxe Edition;  and the revised edition of The Best Resource Directory for Prisoners. He dropped Pretty Girls Love Bad Boys: An Inmate’s Guide to Getting Girls and How to Write Urban Books for Money & Fame with TCB author King Guru. He dropped Get Out, Get Rich: How To Get Paid Legally When You Get Out of Prison! (also titled Hood Millionaire: How to Hustle & Win Legally); The CEO Manual: How to Start Your Own Business When You Get Out of Prison! (also titled CEO Manual: Start a Business, Be a Boss!); and Money Manual: Underground Cash Secrets Exposed, all with self-made hood millionaire Sav Hu$tle; and he dropped Prison Legal Guide with Freebird Publisher. He also completely revamped his website, thecellblock.net.

 

In 2019, the hustle didn’t stop, or even slow down. He tapped in with Wahida Clark, the Official Queen of Street Lit and worked a distribution deal for TCB books Underworld Zilla; How to Hustle & Win: Sex, Money, Murder Edition; and Money iz the Motive: Special 2-in-1 Edition. Then he dropped The Prison Manual: The Complete Guide to Surviving the American Prison System and The Ladies Who Love Prisoners, both of which he wrote; Loyalty & Betrayal: Special Deluxe Edition; OJ’s Life Behind Bars: The Real Story, a book he did with incarcerated author Vernon Nelson;  Get Out, Stay Out: The Secrets To Getting Out of Prison Early, and Staying Out For Good! with Shane Bowen; and Raw Law For Prisoners: Your Rights And How To SUE When They Are Violated! with TCB author King Guru. He also dropped two e-shorts:  The Mob, with author PaperBoy; and Angel with incarcerated author Tre Cunningham. As you can see, the hard work, determination, and perseverance has paid off. When asked about his drive: “I’ve always been a hustler. Above all else, that’s what I am – a hustler. My desire’s always been to get the bag [money]. Before, I put a lot of effort and drive into negative things – thuggin’, basically. So, the things I was doin’ to get the bag was, essentially, just getting me further into debt, you feel me? I knew I had to transform my hustle if I wanted to truly be successful, and this writing thing is a major part of that. I also knew that if I put the same drive and energy into this as I did the gimy shit I was doin’, I’d win. “So, I went from dope dealer to hope dealer. I dreamed of slangin’ birds, but now I’m achieving my dreams slangin’ words, you feel me? I’m shippin’ boxes of books like I wanted to ship bricks. And not only am I completely legit, I’m making more money now than I ever did with my grimy endeavors. “I found my lane – my frequency. I want to be the best, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.” Not only has Mike been making noise inside prison, the streets are taking notice, too. He’s received praise from bestselling authors like JaQuavis Coleman and Kevin Deutsch, and he and/or The Cell Block have been featured in magazines like Straight Stuntin, Kite, State V. Us, Street Money, Prison Legal News, and others, and on websites like The Huffington Post, Gorilla Convict, Thizzler, Rap Bay, Hood Illustrated, and many more. “I promise you I’m just gettin’ started,” he says.

   

 What’s next? Well, more books, of course. “For years prisoners have written me, asking how to go about doing what I do in regards to publishing books, so I wrote a book on jailhouse publishing that I’ma drop sometime this year [2020]. The book contains everything I’ve learned over the last ten years the hard and expensive way. I have several more books in the works, including audio books, something I plan to take to the next level. I also have some things in the works with the big homie, Dutch, the OG of the street lit game. I have a bunch of projects going on right now that I’m excited about.” But something he’s especially proud of? “I launched a new blog on my website where me and other TCB writers provide raw, uncensored news, entertainment and resources on the topics of prison and street-culture. It’s connected to all social medias, as well as book platforms like Amazon, Goodreads, etc. It’s a game-changer. I’m building The Cell Block’s own digital platform so we’re not at the mercy of anyone else. This is going to increase our power and presence dramatically. Everyone needs to tap in to our website, thecellblock.net, and follow us on all social medias.” And when asked about the possibility of getting out of prison? “Laws are changing in my favor. In addition to that, I’m not sittin’ around waitin’ on somebody to just let me out. I’m taking aggressive, proactive measures to earn my freedom. I have a 5-year plan and a 10-year plan. I’d say I’ll be out in about eight. It took me a minute to understand how all this works, but if one wants to get out bad enough, and is willing to do what it takes, it can be done. At least in California. And though I’m not certain, probably most everywhere else, too. The secret is to identify what it is you need to do, then do double that.” And Mike’s been inspiring prisoners all over the country, as evident by the mass amounts of letters he gets, thanking him for what he’s done. “I’m in prison in Tennessee. I’m a huge fan and receive knowledge and wisdom from your teachings,” writes one prisoner. “Thank you for all you do to make life easier for us prisoners,” writes another, from California. “I have bought every book that you’ve published and I encourage you to keep serving it like you’re doing,” says prisoner Ethan McKinney. And Jorge Cabrera from Oregon says, “I have to say, I’ve been incarcerated for 20-plus years, and this is the first time I’ve invested money into something that’s profitable.” Literally, the list goes on and on. “I’m proud of all that’s been accomplished,” says Mike. “Not only have the years of hard work paid off for me and the TCB team, I’m proving that, despite our situation, we can still achieve success if we’re willing to do what it takes.

   

 “I’m very grateful to the prisoners who’ve been rockin’ with us. It’s because of them – their loyalty – that we’ve been able to get to where we’re at. You can be the dopest writer in the world, but if the people don’t fuck with you, you ain’t ever gonna get anywhere. Fortunately, for me, the people fuck with me. They understand I’m talkin’ their language, and for that, they embrace me.” And when asked what kind of advice he’d share to other prisoners? “Stay positive and motivated. When you live inside a box, you must learn to think outside of one. Be creative. Confinement can cause a man to tap into the deepest parts of the mind. Take advantage of that, be dedicated and determined, and you’ll be surprised at what you can pull off. This is proof. My story is a testament that you must never give up. You’re first idea is rarely your best one, and the road to success is not a straight shot. “Now get to work and hustle hard.” Indeed.  

To learn more about Mike Enemigo and The Cell Block, visit thecellblock.net, where you can also subscribe to the Official Blog of The Cell Block. And be sure to follow Mike on IG @mikeenemigo and FB/thecellblockofficial.

“This author has a unique voice and his versatile pen is refreshing. Mike has my stamp of approval.” – JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times Best Selling Author

“My man Mike represents the west coast like a literary OG! I respect his grind and pen game! Look out for The Cell Block!” – Dutch

“Mike Enemigo’s work is raw, authentic, and powerful. It’s made all the more remarkable by the fact that Mike’s books are written from inside a California prison. His work gives hope to incarcerated writers everywhere struggling to get their voices heard.” – Kevin Deutsch, Award-winning True Crime Writer, Author of Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Big Tymers Top 5 Best #MusicVideos


The Big Tymers (stylized as Big Tymer$) is an American rap duo active from 1994 to 2005 from New Orleans, Louisiana. Watch videos & listen free to Big Tymers: Still Fly, Get Your Roll On & more.

"Get Your Roll On" is a single by the Big Tymers, from their third studio album, I Got That Work. It placed at #24, along with their other lead single, "Number One Stunna.


Big Tymers - Still Fly
"Still Fly" is the first single from the 2002 album Hood Rich by American hip hop group Big Tymers. It reached #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.



Big Tymers - #1 Stunna
"#1 Stunna" is the second official single by the Big Tymers, from their third studio album, I Got That Work.



Big Tymers, Baby - Oh Yeah!
Music video by Big Tymers, Baby (Cash Money) performing Oh Yeah!. (C) 2002 Cash Money Records Inc.



Big Tymers - Stun'n
Lyrics to "Stun'n" song by BIG TYMERS: Nigga, now since my career be on shine These haters be packin' they nine.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Did Lil Wayne Betray His Young Money Crew?

 


It was recently reported that Lil Wayne sold his masters to Universal Music Group for $100 million back in June of this year. After documents of the deal were revealed, the sale reportedly included the master of Young Money artists as well. The three prominent artists on that list are Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga. Given all of the work and culture shifts that the four artists have created, $100 million seems pretty cheap for ownership of their sound recorded copyrights.


This news led fans to speculate which albums were sold within the deal. According to the documents, the masters include every Drake album aside from his 2020 releases. Every 2020 release from the OVO CEO is under his OVO imprint in conjunction with Republic Records. Republic is also a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Every project from 2009’s So Far Gone to 2018’s Scorpion is reportedly included in Wayne’s Universal deal. On the other hand, all of Nicki Minaj’s albums have fallen under the Young Money/Cash Money imprint since her debut release, Pink Friday.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Drake's Biggest Hit Is Sampled From Timmy Thomas


The 70's R&B song 'Why can't we live together' may be one of Drakes biggest hits as to date. The music teacher, whose 1972 song “Why Can't We Live Together” was sampled for Drake's hit “Hotline Bling,” hopes he will.

Originally released in 1972, Timmy Thomas’ peace anthem ‘Why can’t We Live Together’ is to get an official 12″ vinyl reissue after being sampled on Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’. The 2015 hit was built around Thomas’s stripped-back hook, made with just a Hammond organ and percussion from an early rhythm machine.

 Thomas is happy about the way Drake went about clearing the sample explaining, “he did it the right way, he contacted my publishing company and contacted my writers. And so there’s nobody running.” “Why Can’t We Live Together” is a song about peace and Thomas is glad Drake didn’t use any of the original vocals to change the meaning of the song.


In an era where artists are constantly being sued over sampling in their music Timmy Thomas is glad Drake sampled his 1973 hit, “Why Can't We Live Together” in “Hotline Bling.”

 Drake's massive "Hotline Bling" was not submitted, due to a clerical error on the part of label Cash Money. Drake did score five Grammy nominations in other categories, including best rap album for If You're Reading This It's Too Late and best rap song for "Energy."


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