All Def Music: Record Label Transformations

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  • Maybach Music Group
  • The Inc.
  • YMCMB, Cash Money Records
  • Gucci Mane, Brick Squad
  • Wu Tang Clan, Loud Records
  • Ruffhouse Records
  • Romeo
  • Snoop, Death Row Records
  • Russell Simmons
  • Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation
  • Priority Records

Cash Money Yields YMCMB

Brothers Birdman and Slim founded Cash Money in 1991. For the first few years it had regional popularity and signed young talents like B.G., Young Buck and Lil Wayne. By 1997, the label launched the Hot Boys and got the attention of Universal. And though it's still releasing records (like the recent Rich Gang album), it spawned one of the most notable label offshoots, Young Money Entertainment (aka Young Money Cash Money Billionaires), founded by a now grown up Wayne. Since its start in 2005, YMCMB has quickly taken hold of the industry, already having released a whopping seven U.S. No. 1 albums including Nicki’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Drake’s Take Care and Weezy’s Tha Carter III.

(Photos from left: YMCMB, Cash Money Records)

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