In a recent interview on All Hip Hop Radio, Cash Money CEO Bryan “Baby” Williams revealed that he was pleading with Atlantic Records to release former Hot Boy B.G. from the label. XXLMag.com caught up with the New Orleans rapper earlier this week to get an update on his label situation and find out about his rekindled relationship with Birdman.
B.G. has confirmed with XXL that he has been consulting with Baby in terms of his career as of late. Unhappy with his Atlantic deal—B.G.’s upcoming disc, Too Hood 2 be Hollywood, has been pushed back four times—he turned to his ex-Cash Money boss.
According to B. Gizzle his label problems started back in 2007 when T.I. got arrested on gun charges, and his project has been in limbo ever since. “When T.I. got caught up in that situation at the [BET] Hip Hop Awards, they kinda froze up on me,” he admitted. “They didn’t know what to do with me. I got a lot of respect for T.I., T.I. my partner but he told them, B.G. is his own man, he can carry his own weight. I don’t have to hold his hand.” [Watch below]
B.G. inked a deal with Atlantic fir his Chopper City label about two-and-a-half-years ago, not to T.I.’s label Grand Hustle as many speculated, but Tip signed on as an executive producer of the album. According to B.G., Baby tried to fill in for Tip when he got locked up, but due to politics that didn’t pan out.
Around the same time B.G.’s former home, E1 Music, FKA Koch Records, reached out to Atlantic in an effort to co-release the album in a joint venture. Atlantic warned the rap vet if E1 was involved, that they would drop him. Seeing the opportunity, Gizzle took it.
“Baby told me to make this move and become a free agent,” he shared. “So I made this move and after December 8 I’m a free agent… Baby told me he want me to come back home.”
Only time will tell if B.G. will re-sign with Cash Money, but one thing is for certain, Gizzle and Baby have definitely put all their past differences aside for the sake of making great music.
“Even though I lashed out and I said a lot of things, as I got older, I felt like I cant just hate this man forever,” he said. “It wasn’t that I hated him, I just was more hurt behind the situation more than anything, once we had our one-on-one with no cameras, no mics, no nothing… in so many words he said I’m sorry and in so many words I said I’m sorry and we brushed it under the rug and kept it moving.” [Watch below]
Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood hits stores on December 8 on Atlantic/E1/Chopper City Records. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Vanessa Satten