Exclusive Interview: Birdman Admits to His Mistakes With Cash Money & Gives Advice to Young Moguls
BET held a premiere for their newest television series, ‘Music Moguls,’ at 1 oak nightclub on Sunset Boulevard. The show follows music executives, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Damon Dash and Birdman to find out what life is like being a music mogul. I caught up with one of the stars of the show, hip hop artist and part owner of Cash Money, Young Money and Rich Gang record labels, Birdman. The rumored boyfriend of Toni Braxton has been making hit records and big moves for over 2 decades and we want to know the secret to his success. If you are young person, hoping to make it in the music business, or just grow your own empire in whatever field you are in, you should heed his advice!
What advice would you give to your younger self or anyone that wants to get into the music business?
“For myself, just being a young man and how we grew up in New Orleans, I jumped in this business just thinking about how to make music. When we came in this game, we was only making music. I wasn’t concerned about the business part of making music because we were concerned with making music and the money and distractions that come with being able to make a hit record. And I had to really catch myself and I think I advise any young man that want to get in this business, he should study his craft and know what he getting himself into. I made a lot of mistakes young in the game and the mistakes I made is because I didn’t know better. When I first got into this game I was about making records. Not knowing the business until a lot of shit prevailed before my eyes and made me realize. I put the mic down and learned the business, learned the game. And to run the business, you got to know the business. You gotta know where every dollar go and every dollar be spent. So, that was one of my sacrifices and that’s what I think these youngsters should know now a days. If you want to get into this business, you got to know this business. So, with one mistake, you might not have the luxury I had. I made a lot of mistakes. But, one mistake might exit you out this game.”
Interesting. I definitely agree that you should always be knowledgeable of the industry that you’re in. Hopefully, Birdman can resolve the issues that he is having with Lil Wayne over money and they can get back to being a close family.
Music Moguls airs Tuesday nights on BET!
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