By Sean Smith
This past weekend it was announced that Compton based rapper The Game is now the newest member of Cash Money Records.
The announcement came during a stop on The Game’s How The West Was Won Tour in Irvine, CA when Tyga made a surprise appearance to perform alongside his new label mate and to conduct a chaining ceremony where he placed his Cash Money chain around The Game’s neck. For those of you who may not be familiar with the significance of this ceremony, it’s like the knighting ceremonies done by the Queen of England, but rather than granting knighthood it instead signifies the membership of an artist to their new label. TMZ reported earlier this week that The Game bought two Cash Money Records chains, one gold and one platinum, for a cool $40,000 from jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills. One for himself and one for Birdman, the President of Cash Money Records.
While younger readers here on Clizbeats may associate the Cash Money label with acts like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil’ Wayne, older folks like myself associate the Cash Money brand with names like Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, B.G., and Lil’ Wayne back when he could actually be described as Lil’. As successful as the label is today, the late 90’s early 00’s Cash Money was just as big putting out mega hit’s like Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up,” the Cash Money Millionaire’s “Baller Blockin’,” and the Big Tymers “Still Fly.” But The Game’s recent jewelry purchase and the fact that he signed to the very label that popularized the term bling makes the song choice for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday article a no-brainer.
In 1999 Cash Money artist B.G. released his fifth studio album Chopper City in the Ghetto. His first single off of that album was “Bling Bling” featuring the Hot Boys and Big Tymers. The song’s infectious beat and catchy Lil’ Wayne voiced chorus made it an instant hit reaching the fourteenth spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also popularized the term “bling” as a slang word for jewelry. In a 2010 radio interview with the Big Boy’s Neighborhood radio show, Cash Money President Birdman said that looking back he wished he would have trademarked the term given its now widespread use. Oh the money he would have made!
So to commemorate the signing of The Game to Cash Money Records and The Game’s appropriate bling purchase, I give you yet another #ThrowbackThursday offering here on Clizbeats, “Bling Bling” by B.G. ft. the Hot Boys & Big Tymers. Enjoy!
BG Featuring Hot Boys & Big Tymers
“Bling Bling” (1999)
From: Chopper City In The Ghetto
Cash Money/Universal Records