|Young Money Entertainment|
|Parent company||Universal Music Group|
|Genre||Various, mainly hip hop|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Official website|| youngmoney|
Young Money Entertainment is an American record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne. Young Money's president is Lil Wayne's lifelong friend and fellow rapper Mack Maine. The label was an imprint of Cash Money Records and is distributed by Republic Records.
The label has released fourteen US albums that reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart: Tha Carter III , I Am Not a Human Being , Tha Carter IV and Tha Carter V by Lil Wayne, Thank Me Later , Take Care , Nothing Was the Same , If You're Reading This It's Too Late , What a Time to Be Alive (along with Epic Records artist Future), Views , More Life and Scorpion by Drake, and Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj.
Current artists include Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, Lil Twist, and Cory Gunz, among others. The label has released three compilation albums — We Are Young Money (2009), Rich Gang (2013; with Cash Money Records), and Young Money: Rise of an Empire (2014).
The label was formed in 2005. In 2007, In an interview with Vibe magazine, Lil Wayne detailed he stepped down as President of the label, and had given the position to Cortez Bryant.As of 2009, Mack Maine is serving as president. Canadian rapper Drake signed a joint venture between Cash Money Records and Young Money. President Mack Maine confirmed that Omarion was no longer on the label after many rumours were circulating the internet.
To promote the label's first collaboration album, We Are Young Money , Young Money artists embarked on the Young Money Tour.The collaborative album was released on December 21, 2009, and debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 142,000 copies in its first-week sales. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over a shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States.
We Are Young Money featured the highly successful single "BedRock", which debuted at thirty six on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending December 12, 2009.On the week ending March 13, 2010, the song reached a peak of two, making it the most successful single by the group on the chart. "BedRock" debuted in the UK Singles Chart on February 6, 2010 at forty. On March 6, 2010, the single climbed to twenty two, and the subsequent week the single climbed to eighteen, marking Young Money's first Top 20 hit in the UK. Peaking at number nine on April 3, 2010, making it Young Money's first Top 10 hit in the UK.
The label had three of the top 10 highest 2010 hip hop album sales with Drake's Thank Me Later , and 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.[ citation needed ] 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 that year, T-Pain revealed that he was close to signing a deal with Young Money, but it never concluded. In November 2011, Lil Wayne introduced 14-year-old singer Torion Sellers to Young Money.
On February 15, 2013 Mack Maine announced group We the Future and Lil Wayne's 14-year-old daughter Reginae Carter had signed to Young Money.In the same year, Young Money released Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II , Tyga's Hotel California and Drake's Nothing Was the Same on March 26, April 7, and September 24, respectively.
In December 2012 Mack Maine announced a second Young Money album would be released.In February 2013, label co-owner Birdman released a compilation mixtape with Cash Money and Young Money titled Rich Gang: All Stars. Shortly after, Birdman announced compilation album Rich Gang and its schedule for release to be on May 21, 2013. He added Rich Gang would feature members of Cash Money, Young Money and various Young Money collaborators. The first single from the project, "Tapout", was released on March 12, 2013, and featured Lil Wayne, Future, Mack Maine, and Nicki Minaj and produced by 808 Mafia's Southside and TM88. The album would then be pushed back to July 23, 2013.
On January 22, 2014, it was revealed that Young Money would be releasing their own compilation album on March 11, 2014, titled Young Money: Rise of an Empire . That same day, the first single "We Alright" featuring Lil Wayne, Birdman and Euro was released. Drake's Nothing Was the Same leftover "Trophies" would also be included on the album.
The album's second single, "Senile", was released February 14, 2014. It is by Tyga, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and was produced by David D.A. Doman."Trophies" and Minaj's "Lookin Ass" were met with more chart success than the first two singles.
After years of tensions with Birdman and Universal Music Group over unpaid advances and rights to his catalogue, Lil Wayne filed for lawsuit in 2015 initially for $51 million.In 2018, Lil Wayne and Universal settled, which detailed Lil Wayne would be compensated over $10 million from previously failed payments, and Young Money's ownership would be transferred from Cash Money to Universal directly. Additionally, Birdman's 49 percent ownership in Young Money would be transferred to Wayne, which took effect on September 13, 2018.
In June 2020, Lil Wayne, through the Young Money name, sold his master recordings in a settlement from Republic Records to its overhead company, Universal Music Group for $100 million.It was confirmed later in December when, arising out of recent court filings from Lil Wayne's lawsuit with his former manager Ronald Sweeney, that the settlement not only included his masters, but also the entire Young Money Entertainment catalog, including Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, among other artists in their roster. As of December 2020, UMG reportedly owns all of Drake's pre-2018 album catalogue that has been released with the Young Money record label.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
| US || US|
|We Are Young Money||9||3||1|
| Rich Gang |
(with Cash Money Records)
|Rise of an Empire||7||4||2|
|Young Money: The Mixtape Vol. 1|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
| US || US|
|2009||"Every Girl"||10||2||2||—||—||—||—||We Are Young Money|
|2014||"We Alright"||—||56||—||—||—||—||—||—||Young Money: Rise of an Empire|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
| US || US|
|2009||"Pass the Dutch"|
(featuring Short Dawg)
|—||119||—||We Are Young Money|
(featuring Gucci Mane)
|2014||"Senile"||—||50||—||Young Money: Rise of an Empire|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|Artist||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Sales|
|US||US R&B||US Rap||AUS||CAN||GER||IRE||NZ||SWI||UK|
|Chris Brown x Tyga||7||3||3||3||11||14||31||9||6||7|
|Drake x Future||1||1||1||4||1||—||30||8||—||6|
Cash Money is an American record label founded in 1991 by brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. The label is distributed by Republic, which used to be Universal Republic. The label has been home to a roster of hip hop artists, including Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, and is regarded as one of the most successful in hip-hop history.
American rapper Lil Wayne has released thirteen studio albums, one collaborative album, three compilation albums, five extended plays, and twenty mixtapes. Wayne made his album debut in 1999, with Tha Block Is Hot, which was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His later albums, Lights Out released in 2000, and 500 Degreez, released in 2002, attracted minor attention. In 2004, he released the first of his infamous Carter series, with Tha Carter. In 2005, Tha Carter II was released. In 2006, Wayne released a collaborative album with rapper Birdman, titled Like Father, Like Son. In 2008, Wayne released his best-selling album so far, titled Tha Carter III. Certified triple platinum by the RIAA, Tha Carter III won the Best Rap Album award at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Lil Wayne founded record label Young Money Entertainment and released a collaborative album featuring rappers signed to the label, We Are Young Money, in 2009, followed by his debut rock music album Rebirth in 2010. While serving an 8-month prison sentence in New York he released another album entitled I Am Not a Human Being, in September 2010. The next addition to Tha Carter series, Tha Carter IV, was released on August 29, 2011. In 2013, Wayne released a sequel to his 2010 album I Am Not a Human Being, titled I Am Not a Human Being II, followed by two compilation albums with his labels, Rich Gang (2013), and Young Money: Rise of an Empire (2014). After years of legal battles, his 12th studio album Tha Carter V was released on September 28, 2018. Lil Wayne released another album, Funeral, on January 31, 2020.
"BedRock" is the second single by hip hop group/record label Young Money Entertainment from their debut collaboration album, We Are Young Money. It is performed by acts that were signed under Young Money, including rap verses by Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, Jae Millz, with the chorus performed by Lloyd. It was released as a CD in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2010. "BedRock" is also featured as a bonus track on the Japanese, New Zealand, and the "Complete Edition" 2020 reissue editions of Nicki Minaj's debut studio album, Pink Friday.
We Are Young Money is the first compilation album by American hip hop record label Young Money Entertainment, and released on December 21, 2009 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Motown Records. The album garnered a positive reception but critics were divided on the quality of the label's choice of artists. We Are Young Money debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles: "Every Girl", "BedRock" and "Roger That". The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.
"Roger That" is a hip hop song by rap group Young Money Entertainment released as the third single from their debut collaboration album We Are Young Money. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga rap on this song. The video was released on March 1, 2010, alongside "Girl I Got You".
Trinidadian-born rapper and singer Nicki Minaj has released four studio albums, three compilation albums, three mixtapes, 117 singles, and 18 promotional singles.
"Up All Night" is a song by Canadian hip-hop artist, Drake from his debut album Thank Me Later. The song features label mate Nicki Minaj.
American rapper Tyga has released seven studio albums, three compilation albums, twenty mixtapes, seventy-four singles and forty-six music videos. In 2008, Tyga released his first studio album, No Introduction, on the record label Decaydance Records. The album featured the single "Coconut Juice", which features singer Travie McCoy; the song peaked at number 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Tyga's first song to appear on the chart. In 2010, Tyga and American singer Chris Brown released the collaborative mixtape Fan of a Fan, which included the single "Deuces": the song peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Tyga's first song to chart on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number one. Tyga also appeared on the song "Loyalty", a single by fellow rapper Birdman, and collaborated with rapper Lil Wayne on the non-album single "I'm on It", both of which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Make Me Proud" is a hip hop song by Canadian recording artist Drake, released as the third single from his second studio album, Take Care, featuring rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released as a digital download on October 16, 2011 and impacted rhythmic radio on October 25, 2011 in the U.S.
"The Motto" is a hip hop song by Canadian recording artist Drake. The song features American rapper Lil Wayne and is a digital iTunes Store bonus track from Drake's second studio album Take Care. "The Motto" premiered on Power 106 on October 31, 2011. Drake released the song on his OVO blog a day later. It was first played on rhythmic top 40 radio stations on November 29, 2011 as the album's fourth single. The song has a connection to the Hispanic/Latino band Aventura. Drake says in the song Spanish girls (Latinas) love him like the band.
"Tapout" is a song by American hip hop group Rich Gang featuring rappers Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj and Future. The song was the first single off of the YMCMB compilation album, Rich Gang. The song is produced by Southside & TM88 and is co-produced by Detail. It also features uncredited vocals from its co-producer, Noel "Detail" Fisher. The song was premiered on March 12, 2013, and was available for digital download on March 19. The song has since peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rich Gang is a compilation album by Young Money and Cash Money as the supergroup Rich Gang. The album was released July 23, 2013, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Motown Records. The album contains contributions from several YMCMB members, including Birdman, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Mack Maine, Limp Bizkit, Bow Wow, Ace Hood, Jae Millz, Cory Gunz, Gudda Gudda, Caskey, Detail, Busta Rhymes and Mystikal. The compilation also features guest appearances from artists outside the labels, including Future, Meek Mill, French Montana, T.I., Yo Gotti, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, and R. Kelly. The album was supported by the three singles "Tapout" which peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with the R. Kelly featured "We Been On" and "50 Plates" by Rick Ross. The album received generally mixed reviews from music critics and sold 40,000 copies in the US after three weeks of sale.
American rapper Lil Wayne has released 283 singles – including 19 promotional singles. Lil Wayne attained his first singles chart entry in 1999 as a featured artist on Hot Boys member Juvenile's single "Back That Azz Up", which peaked at number 19 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and became a top ten hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. Wayne later released his debut solo studio album Tha Block Is Hot in November 1999. Its title track and lead single, which features B.G. and Juvenile, reached number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. Lights Out followed in December 2000 and produced the singles "Get Off the Corner", "Everything" and "Shine". "Way of Life", the lead single from Wayne's third studio album 500 Degreez, peaked at number 71 on the Hot 100 and became a top 20 hit on the Hot Rap Songs chart. In 2004, Wayne was featured on the single "Soldier" by American girl group Destiny's Child, which became his first top ten hit on the Hot 100 and enjoyed commercial success internationally.
Carl Eugene Lilly Jr., better known by his stage name Gudda Gudda, is an American rapper from New Orleans. He was originally a member of Sqad Up with Kidd Kidd and Lil Wayne. After forging a long-time friendship with Wayne, he signed to Young Money Entertainment, and later Republic Records.
Young Money: Rise of an Empire is the second compilation album by American record label Young Money Entertainment. The album was released on March 11, 2014, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Rise of an Empire's recording process took place from 2013 to 2014. It contains contributions from several Young Money recording artists including, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Christina Milian, Shanell, Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Cory Gunz, Gudda Gudda, Lil Twist, Chanel West Coast and PJ Morton, among others.
"Only" is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj, from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on October 28, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records as the third single from the album. It features additional rap vocals from hip hop artists Drake and Lil Wayne, and also features Chris Brown who sings the chorus of the song. The artists co-wrote the song with its producers, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and JMIKE, with production assistance from HBM and Rock City. "Only" is a hip-hop song that contains an "icy" production that sits "ominously" underneath dirty lyrical metaphors.
"Truffle Butter" is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj featuring Canadian rapper and singer Drake and American rapper Lil Wayne. It is included as an exclusive bonus track on the iTunes Store edition of Minaj's third studio album The Pinkprint (2014). Produced by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records, the song was released as the fifth single from the album on January 23, 2015. "Truffle Butter" is hip hop song and contains a sample of Maya Jane Coles' song "What They Say" (2010). In March 2015, it was sent to urban contemporary and contemporary hit radio.
"The Way Life Goes" is a single by American rapper Lil Uzi Vert from his debut album Luv Is Rage 2 (2017). The song was released as the album's second single to urban contemporary radio on October 3, 2017. The track was produced by Don Cannon and Ike Beatz, and features vocals from the British indie pop group Oh Wonder sampled from their 2015 song "Landslide". The remix to the single was released on November 3 with a guest appearance from Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj. It peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
"Chun-Li" is a song by Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album, Queen (2018), released on April 12, 2018 by Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records as the lead single from the album. It was written by Minaj and produced by Jeremy Reid. Commercially, the song peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, reached the top 20 in Canada, and the top 30 in France and the United Kingdom. It won the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Cubeatz are a German hip hop production and songwriting duo from Sindelfingen, Germany consisting of twin brothers Kevin and Tim Gomringer. Embarking on their careers originally in Germany in the 2010s, they have since expanded and are now best known for their successful collaborations with hip hop artists such as Future, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, and Travis Scott, among others.