Birdman and Cash Money have a long history of failing to pay those who work with them, from artist to producer. One, however, was actually paid… and tells the odd story about how.
In an interview with Big Wos, legendary producer Jake One discussed a past interaction wtih Cash Money… and their controversial business practices.
At the 41-minute mark of the interview (below), he talks on doing some beats for Birdman in his “early days”. When it came time to get paid, he was given… a handwritten check.
“So that must be how infrequently he pays people,” Jake said. “That he’s writing handwritten checks to producers. That blew me away. Umm, just not a good sign.”
“They don’t have an official way to pay out invoices?” Wos asked.
“I remember that sh*t was hand-written,” Jake replied. “I mean, just think of how many releases they’ve had and how many records they’ve sold.”
Its surprising that a label has large and successful as Cash Money Records doesn’t have an invoicing system… but does explain a whole lot.
Despite the way Birdman handles business, Jake did praise him on other skills he possesses. “He might be the best A&R in rap history… Nobody can really argue with the legacy,” the producer said. “Cash Money’s the first time people up north thought Southerners were cool as f*ck”.