In the late 1990s, Cash Money Records was one of the mosts successful music labels in all of music. The label was host to a dynasty of hip-hop’s biggest hit-makers including Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Birdman, B.G. and the Hot Boys. Money troubles, legal issues and intra-squad squabbling caused the collective to slowly dwindle over the years as stars like Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and B.G. left the label under tense circumstances.
Last night in a ceremony honoring Cash Money Founders, Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, at the BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards in New York, former label-mates Mannie Fresh, Juvenile and Turk joined Birdman, Slim and Lil Wayne on stage for the tribute. Also in attendance were popular hip-hop artists, Ace Hood, Curren$y and Mystikal who performed many of the label’s biggest hits including a rendition of “Ha” by Mystikal and “Slow Motion” by Curren$y.
In addition to the Cash Money tribute, several other notable hip-hop stars were honored at the ceremony, too. Nicki Minaj, Benny Blanco and Hit-Boy also received awards for their contributions to song-writing and production of some of the biggest songs of the year.
The ceremony marks the first time in years that Juvenile, Turk, Mannie Fresh and Cash Money’s Birdman and Slim had been seen as a collective in years. Earlier this year, Birdman and Lil Wayne spoke of a potential Big Tymers reunion with MTV. Although, nothing official has been confirmed.