Birdman has named himself the best hip-hop CEO of all time. He’s also lashed out at Billboard for not recognising the moguls behind leading rap artists’ success.
Taking to Instagram, the Cash Money Records founder shared a post attacking Billboard for failing to mention the hip-hop CEOs who have helped shape the culture. In the post, Birdman posted a picture of the Billboard logo, underneath which he described himself as the best CEO hip-hop has had in the 50 years since its inception.
Birdman wrote: “@billboard I see you’ll did ten best rappers which is well respeked but what about tha CEO who made thaway for these rappers to be Supa stars fought tha battle behind doors,” Birdman wrote. “So they kan be super stars put some respek on my name and stop playin with me I’m tha best to ever doit nothing but love for all CEO ever in 50yrs of hip hop we held it down cash money rich gang STUNNAMAN tha best ever #THEGOATMAKER I doit do 4MS GLADYS #dont lie @cashmoneyofficial.”
Birdman’s post comes shortly after Billboard and Vibe ruffled the hip-hop world with their 50 Greatest Rappers list in honour of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. It included Kanye West, André 3000, Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Rakim, LL COOL J and Black Thought across its 50-11 selection.
The top ten included the likes of Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, 2Pac, Nas, Kendrick Lamar and JAY-Z, dividing hip-hop fans and artists alike.
After the list was released, Birdman shared the following post on social media: “Confused about 50yrs of Hip Hop where they salute legendary artists which is well respeked also I think CEOs who kept these artists alive to be great showed them how to keep hip hop alive should be saluted in a major way,” he wrote.