Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman appears alongside rising rapper Young Thug for his cover story with Complex.
During the shoot, Stunna sat down with the magazine to explain why the YMCMB family has embraced the ATL newcomer and his hopes for him moving forward.
“I know he a big fan of Wayne. And we embrace Thug [as] our little brother,” Birdman said. “We come from the projects, New Orleans. That lifestyle we come from. I wanted to do better for me. To do better for them. To do better for us. When I see Thug, he come from that same cloth. From these streets. And I see an opportunity to help him change not just his life, [but] his family’s life, his homies’ life, and make a difference in this world.
“And it’s through music, something that I’m powerful in. And I wouldn’t do nothing but bless him in every way possible. I’mma do everything within my powers to make him as big as he possibly can be and want to be.”
Lastly, Birdman says his plan is to mold Young Thug into the next rap superstar.
“I think a lot of rappers — n*ggas now just rapping a lot. And it don’t take a lot of rap to make a hit record,” Birdman said. “You know, you got the Wayne and the Drakes who really take songs and don’t rap at all. Might sing on a song. Might do just a little rapping. That’s what I see in him. He one of them that can do that. You know, Wayne developed into doing all these different things. And, you got these young artists who really, Wayne is the mold for them. They watched Wayne. They studied Wayne. And he coming in the game like that. To me, that put him on a higher level. Our plan as YMCMB and Rich Gang is to make him a superstar, a rock star.”