“Just know that [the record industry is] 95 percent business and 5 percent talent.”
Juvenile has every right to feel bitter towards the house that he built. It’s common knowledge that Cash Money Records did one of their founding fathers wrong on multiple occasions, but in an interview with Complex, Juve comes off as more pensive and reflective than anything else, offering some keen insight into one of rap’s most high-profile divorces.
On leaving Cash Money:
“My reason [to leave Cash Money] is the same reason most artists leave their label—money… When you put in that much work, you should be compensated for it. I’m number one on this station, number one on that station so I checked the contracts and went back over the paperwork. I was naïve in the beginning, I didn’t want anybody telling me anything because, hey, you didn’t help me get this situation and you’re on the outside. I should’ve listened because they had me in a contract that I’d still be in. There was no future for me in the contract.”
On Lil Wayne staying:
“Still up to the day, Wayne really got beat out of all his money and took another contract. That’s part I never understood… If you notice the Young Money/Cash Money imprint, some of the stuff that need to say Young Money don’t say Young Money. I know Baby and I know Ronald ["Slim" Williams]. They ain’t giving up power of their company. They don’t care how big Wayne gets, they not giving up. If I didn’t getting it, he ain’t getting it.”
On Ice Cube’s assistance:
“When the hurricane [of Cash Money drama] hit, Ice Cube sent me $50,000 and I don’t even know Ice Cube. You know why? Because I was going through the same exact thing he went through [with N.W.A.].
“He told me, ‘Knowing your future, just know good things are gonna come to you.’ He said, ‘Man, I lost everything. Friends, family, everything. Nobody wanted to be affiliated with me, do no business with me. I only call on Chuck D and them to help me out.’”
Read the full interview over at Complex.