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Birdman: In It For Keeps [June 2011 Full Cover Story]

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Over the years, everyone has asked you about the Hot Boys, and Juvenile and B.G., and a reunion and them coming back to Cash Money. Is that something you regret? Are you at peace with them? Do you wish they were here now?

I just think, you know, I love ’em. I talk to B.G. all the time. I talk to Turk
sometimes. But I think we just in separate directions. But I’ll help them in any way possible, if they ever ask me. If they ever need me for anything, I’ll be there for ’em. It’s no love lost—we grown. The things we went through then, you know, we can’t change that, but we got nothing but love and respect for ’em. I brought ’em in this game. I brought ’em into this shit. You never know. Maybe one day, but right now, we in different directions. But if they ever call me, I’ll be there for ’em.

You and Wayne have been together for so long. How hard was it for you when Wayne went to jail?

Wow. That was some other shit. That shit was crazy. But once we realized he had to go, we had to buckle up and G up and go for what we know. We had to set a strategy. He had to go, so we just had to G up. Everybody wanted to make sure to please him—it was all about him. Everybody, the fam, the team, it was all about him. We helped him do that time by just supporting him, being there all the time.

Did you visit a lot?

Once every two weeks.

So when he got out, it must’ve been a relief. What was that like?

One of the happiest times of my life. I mean, we been feeling that way ever since he been home. Every day. We’ve been doing it every day like the same day he got out. Every fuckin’ day been like that. We been poppin’ bottles, making money. Every day feel like that day he got out. I’d like to relive the rest of my life like that. It feel good.

In April, Forbes magazine ranked you No. 5, tied with 50 Cent, on their annual “Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists” list. They said you had a total wealth of $100 million. You went on the radio in New Orleans and said their estimate was low.

They wildin’. I think I should be worth more to them, if they look at the brand and the years. I mean, if they predict me as a hundred, I’ve been doing this 22 years and you averaging me with, what, $4 million a year, $5 million a year?… I ain’t trippin’. I don’t care about being on Forbes. That don’t make or break me at all.

Yeah, but it’s still kind of a cool thing, come on…

Ain’t no diss to it. I respect it, but let’s just get that shit right.

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