Posted by Newson 02/27/2012 at 1:41 PM
The Internet might be all up in arms over the whole Young-Money-Signing-Limp-Bizkit sitch that developed late last week—it’s tough for The Internet not to get up in arms about most things involving Fred Durst, to be fair—but if you believe YMCMB godfather Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ recounting of the events that led up to the announcement, it was about as noteworthy a happening as Lil Wayne sucking up to an NBA player at All-Star Weekend. As Williams explains it, it was simple: Durst asked, and he accepted. Quoth the Birdman:
Fred [Durst] reached out, bruh…It was weird how it happened. He was like, ‘Stunna, what’s good?’” I was like, ‘What’s poppin, 5?’ [Fred said] ‘I wanna join the team.’ Whoa! For real? He didn’t have to say it twice. I was already a fan of him. When the opportunity came, we really was supposed to announce it at the Grammys. Wayne was going to announce it at the Grammys, but he did it when he felt like it.
Williams went on to talk about his respect for Durst as an artist (“He’s a visionary…also, I want him to be a part of our staff and take over the rock department and bring us over more talent because that’s what he does”) and announced that Limp’s first single as CMBs will feature Lil Wayne and come out next week (!!). So with Weezy on the new Biz track, does that mean that Limp’s entire sound will now be derived from the Young Money Guide to Style and Formatting? Nay, says Birdman, elaborating:
He’s a movie director, he’s a one-stop shop…so whatever direction he wants to go in his music, he knows it. It’s hot. The single with him and Wayne is very hot. Our thing is we’ve never been the ones to tell the artists what to do and how to do it. We let them be self-controlled. We just back their machine up. Whatever he wanna do, that’s what we wanna do. We just gonna bring what we do to the table.
Wow. OK, so the label has made it pretty clear how they feel about their new artist, but is the feeling mutual? Fred Durst weighs in, via released statement:
As both an artist and someone who has signed artists, I can say without a doubt that Cash Money is at the top of their game…What attracted me to the label is not only their great taste and hustle, but their belief in their artists and the family atmosphere. Slim and Birdman allow their artists to be themselves and encourage creative output and continued development. I look forward to bringing my vision as a director as well as my voice to the label and to Limp Bizkit putting out some of our best music to date.
That’s a whole lot of good vibrations and/or excitations for the Limp-Cash Money partnership. We look forward to seeing if everyone’s disposition remains so sunny after the first single and album, but as any member of LMFAO will tell you, positive energy is the first step. Also: Is it really that easy to join YMCMB? Like, what if Des’Ree asked really, really nicely?
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