and being in my position. I understand what’s it’s like to not be treated right. One of the main things for artists is making sure they’re comfortable so all they have to worry about is making good music. I also make sure the budgets are right for videos, getting everyone together at the right time. They can call on me for anything. I’m the sacrificial lamb for the team. You’ve been down with Wayne for a long time. What are some things he looks for in an artist? He looks for an artist with more than one talent because it’s competitive out here and the rap game is oversaturated. Wayne just ventured into Rock N’ Roll. He’s not trying to be an R&B singer, but he can hit a note every now and then. He even makes a few beats. Drake and Nicki can sing, rap, and act. Twist can sing, rap, and do beats. And we want your style to be original. And if you are just a rapper, make sure you’re phenomenal and a master of your craft. We like our artists to be manageable, humble, and coachable. People won’t make it if they have a crazy attitude. We need people that treat it like a job and love it. We just signed somebody on the team that just raps – Cory Gunz. He’s very unique. He’s just a gritty artist.
No, because his work ethic is crazy. People will miss him. He has a very strong presence that will be missed, especially by his team. But as far as the music game and to the world, he records so many songs, and he made sure he shot about 15 videos before he left. He did something for “Steady Mobbin’,” and Gucci just came home so we’ll be shooting his part. Y’all still gonna be gettin’ fed new Lil Wayne material so y’all won’t miss that aspect of him. Do you want to speak on the whole Kat Stacks fiasco from an insider’s perspective? I’m a true boss so I never really paid it attention or gave feedback. I just kinda laughed it off and continued getting money. I’m gonna go on record and say, let her do what she do and enjoy her 3 seconds of fame. I never met shorty. I never saw her face to face. I really wanna thank her because she showed me who’s who [in my life]. People came at me like, “I know you didn’t do that…” It’s like, do you believe everything you hear? I’m not worried about the fans believing the media, but it’s the people that really know you who chastise you without even asking you, like, “You out there sleeping with these types of chicks?”
So the situation had people close to you assuming things about you that weren’t true? Anybody who really knows me should know that Cory Gunz has been one to watch for a long [Kat Stacks] doesn’t even look like the type of time. How did y’all make the decision to sign woman I like. People that really know me know him to Young Money? I don’t deal with B.S. If you get on our tour bus He’s just a beast. I expressed interest in him and I don’t feel your vibe, I’ll politely ask you to during an interview and his people reached leave. If she’s not smiling, or vibing with us, or out to me. Him and Wayne did a song a long she’s texting on the phone – which could mean time ago and Wayne took a liking to him. I she’s trying to set somebody up - I pay attention think at one point Jay-Z was interested in him to stuff like that. With that woman’s attitude, and he was kinda signed to Jay-Z. I guess he she couldn’t last around me five minutes. I don’t fell back and I expressed interest in him again know why anybody would think I’d be involved so they reached out. The team was already with her. I’m a very exclusive dude and I don’t superb, but I felt like he completes it. We’re just like to share. The whole story doesn’t fit me. trying to cover all the angles. I’m not mad at her, though. People like her just need attention. I was just disappointed in the So do you feel Young Money has covered all people that I know who were trying to attack my the angles? character. I got a few other genres of music I wanna touch on, but we’re sitting on 12 artists right You mentioned some singles you’re working now. You don’t wanna end up with 20 artists on. Tell us about those. and you’re just now putting out your first artI’ve got one featuring Baby and Rick Ross called ists’ album while your other artists are sitting “All in One Swipe” and another one with Gorilla around waiting. That’s one thing I never wanna Zoe called “Young Moola.” I have another song do is shelve artists. I got plans for everybody with T-Pain called “I Get Money.” and as it keeps growing you’ll see more additions to Young Money. Anything else you want to say? Free Weezy! Let people know they can go to Even though Wayne isn’t gone for a long www.WeezyThanxYou.com to send him fan time, do you think his absence will affect the mail. And you can also hit me on Twitter.com/ rap world? MackMaine. // OZONE MAG // B-25
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