There are many who do not like Birdman. He is constantly criticized for his lack of lyrical ability. Regardless of how the public feels about Birdman, he has an eye for talent and he has assembled the largest amount of talent in recent history. At least once a week, Birdman is in the news, trying to add a new artist to his roster. His most-recent targets were the veteran rappers Busta Rhymes and Mystikal.
With 2012 here, Birdman has plans of adding more artists to his roster. During his conversation with XXL, Birdman discussed adding new artists to the label. Perhaps, due to his willingness to sign new artists, many artists claim to be courted by the label, when they are not. Last year, Soulja Boy announced Birdman had approached him with a deal, which was later denied by Birdman.
In the wake of signing Busta Rhymes and Mystikal, Young Buck, a former Cash Money artist, said he was in negotiations of returning to the label. Young Buck did achieve mainstream success, however, he was a part of G-Unit Records and the G-Unit group. After a falling out with 50 Cent, Young Buck was a shelved artist signed to the label. One of the 2011 breakout stars was Bay Area rapper, Lil B, famous for his I’m Gay (I’m Happy) album. Lil B has also started rumors of being signed with Cash Money, which Birdman also denies.
However, Birdman told XXL there were two artists he had set his sights upon. Revealing it was something big, Birdman said he did not want to go into much detail until things panned out. One thing is clear, the two artists he is interested in signing are not Lil B and Young Buck, but Birdman credited them as two men he has the utmost respect for. When asked if he was looking for new artists or veteran artists, Birdman said both. Discussing Young Money, Birdman said he lets Lil Wayne scout for the young artists, while Cash Money Records serves as the home for the veteran artists.