Young Money Entertainment Biography
Last updated: 03/19/2014 08:15:16 PM
Young Money Entertainment is an American record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne. Young Money’s president is Lil Wayne’s lifelong friendMack Maine. The label is an imprint of Cash Money Records and is distributed by Universal Republic Records. Current artists include Lil Wayne, Drake, T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Cory Gunz, Lil Twist, Gudda Gudda, Lil Chuckee, Short Dawg, T-Streets, and Shanell aka SnL. The label has released six US #1 albums: Tha Carter III, Tha Carter IV, and I Am Not a Human Being by Lil Wayne, Thank Me Later and Take Care by Drake, Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj, and one UK #1 album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded also by Nicki Minaj.
In October 2007, Lil Wayne said in an interview with Vibe that he had stepped down as President of the label, and had given the position to Cortez Bryant. As of 2009, Mack Maine is serving as President. Rapper Drake signed a joint venture between Cash Money Records and Young Money. President Mack Maine confirmed thatOmarion was no longer on the label after many rumours were circulating the internet. To promote their collaboration album We Are Young Money, which was released on December 21, 2009, Young Money artists embarked on the Young Money Tour.
The label had three of the top 10 highest 2010 hip hop album sales with—in order—Drake’s Thank Me Later, Lil Wayne’s Rebirth and I Am Not a Human Being. On March 6, 2010, Lil Wayne confirmed that rapper Cory Gunz was the latest artist to sign. In 2011 Konvict Muzik artist T-Pain signed to the Young Money roster after he and Akon agreed to part ways after his last Konvict release RevolveR, later T-Pain revealed that he was close to sign a deal with Young Money, but it never concluded. In November 2011, Lil Wayne introduced 14-year-old singer Torion Sellers.
Planned future releases
April 17, 2012: Don’t Get It Twisted by Lil Twist
First single: “Little Secrets” featuring Bow Wow
Second single: “Love Affair” featuring Lil Wayne
Third single: “New Money” featuring Mishon
Fourth single: “Turnt Up” featuring Busta Rhymes
TBA: Shanell’s debut studio album
First single: “So Good” featuring Lil Wayne & Drake
TBA: Nothing is Promised by Jae Millz
First single: “Forever Winning” featuring Lil Wayne
2012: I Am Not a Human Being 2 by Lil Wayne
2012: YOLO (You Only Live Once) by Drake & Rick Ross
2012: Like Father, Like Son 2: The MOB by Lil Wayne & Birdman
TBA: Rebirth 2 by Lil Wayne
TBA: Maine 4 President by Mack Maine
TBA: Gudda Gudda’s debut studio album
TBA: Drake’s third studio album