Young Money Cash Money Billionaires: Hip-Hop's first Communist collective? DRAFT

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What’s in a name? That which we call a billionaire.

According to a March 2011 calculation, Forbes' magazine stated that there are 1,140 billionaires in the world today, and it goes without saying that none of the members of YMCMB are included on that list.

So how is it that they call themselves billionaires?

While it is not uncommon for rappers to overstate their own worth, earnings, and spendings, perhaps collectively YMCMB is in fact worth a billion dollars. Though this is unlikely, let’s explore:

Lil Wayne — $95 Million

As Young Money’s founder and most well-known member, Lil Wayne has amassed a fortune through his music, selling nine albums, six of which have gone platinum. Wayne, being a self-proclaimed Blood gang affiliate, has been known to rock the red, a color born by both the “communist” Soviet Union and our own “socialist” country, the United States of America.

In Jay Sean’s Down (the music video of which a snapshot is shown above,) Lil Wayne takes the name of the track and relates it to the current state of America’s economy. While this could be viewed as mere commentary, it can be assumed that just based on Wayne’s blatant attire (see photo above,) he is in fact expressing discontent with our capitalist society, and perhaps divulging ulterior economist views that we, as listeners, were not aware of prior to this verse.

I’m down like the economy

The lyric may mean that he is lobbying for economic change, while the shirt he is wearing shows both his economic and political views, as the term “communism” refers to both, defined as:

A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

In We Be Steady Mobbin', however, he is much less subtle…

I am the Hip Hop socialist

While socialism and communism are not the same concept, Wayne’s economist views seem to combine the two. One facet in which the two concepts are in accord is that they both believe that the “goods and services produced in an economy should be owned publicly and controlled and planned by a centralized organization:” like YMCMB.

If there’s a throne, you looking at the chairman

Mack Maine (president) — $11 Million

It is said that in a communist country, it is typical that there would not be a president; however, those communist countries who do in fact have presidents appoint them in an entirely ceremonial manner. Thus, Mack Maine being president of YMCMB must make Lil Wayne the General Secretary, as he is the true leader of the group.

Drake — $15-25 Million

Though web sources indicate that Wheelchair Jimmy nets a mere fifteen million dollars, the rapper himself has proclaimed that he is in fact worth twenty-five million dollars:

25, sittin' on 25 mil

Nicki Minaj — $14 Million

Since this is in fact a net calculation, the $20,000+ that Nicki spent on plastic surgery has already been factored in.

Nicki has proclaimed many times that she does what she does for the greater good of Young Money, which is a remarkably communist motive in and of itself:

I just be like hello, hello, but I never could salute them,
Young Money: I do it for the youth dem!

Nicki could never salute anyone but her Young Money comrades; only they deserve that type of equal salutation. According to the lyric’s explanation, youth dem is Creole for “the guys,” so it is clear that she is referring to the Young Money collective.

Tyga — $1-2 Million

Since this a 2011 estimate, Tyga’s net worth has most likely grown significantly with the year he’s had so far in 2012; in anticipation of his upcoming album Careless World, his hit single Rack City recently went platinum.

Y-Young Money, Young Money yeah, WE gettin' rich

Gudda Gudda — $1 Million

Note Gudda’s attire: the red, Cincinnati hat. While one might absentmindedly assume that he’s from Cincinnati, he is actually from New Orleans, which is how he met Lil Wayne. The C, could in fact stand for communism.

A translation of the Communist Manifesto reads:

The less the skill and exertion of strength implied in manual labour, in other words, the more modern industry becomes developed, the more is the labour of men superseded by that of women. Differences of age and sex have no longer any distinctive social validity for the working class.

It can be said that, for lack of a better word, Young Gudda and YMCMB “manifest” this idea to a great extent. While YMCMB represents a modern hip-hop camp, being composed of almost entirely third generation rap artists, it is natural that they exhibit less skill in their lyrics. Take this infamous line from Gudda Gudda:

And I got her, nigga: grocery bag

While is representative of just about anything but lyrical talent, Gudda is also elucidating the notion that “difference of age and sex have no longer any distinctive social validity for the working class.” Thus, holding true to this communist ideal, Gudda is able to “bag” (claim for his own sexual benefit) just about any girl he pleases. Also, artists such as Shannell and Nicki are now able to flaunt their respective singing and lyrical talents (the former of which may be regarded as a strictly masculine ambition) in a both socially and economically equal environment.

It is no secret that Gudda Gudda is an outright supporter of Young Money’s communistic exemplars.

All black whips, all red flags

Cory Gunz — $125 Thousand

In an interview with Support Online Hip-Hop, Short Dawg said this when speaking of Cory Gunz' signing to Young Money:

A lot of people don’t know me and Cory have a cool relationship. Cory is like one of my comrades coming over to Young Money …

According to Wikipedia, “Communists use the term "comrade” as an egalitarian form of address and common title to supporters of communism that replaces hierarchical and gender-based titles."

T-Pain — $30 Million

A long time Konvict music affiliate, T-Pain and Akon have parted ways with the release of Teddy’s fourth studio album, Revolver. Wayne was featured on the single Bang Bang Pow Pow from the album, and this was a precursor to T-Pain’s switch to YME.

Other members of YMCMB:

  • T Streets~$2 Million*
  • Jae Millz$2 Million
  • Lil Chuckee$1.5 Million
  • Shannell~$1 Million*
  • Lil Twist2 Million
  • Jay Styles~$500,000*
  • Torion Sellers~$500,000*
  • Christina Milian$4.5 Million
  • Short Dawg~$1 Million*

Note: The * next to the worth of some artists indicates that it is an estimate, as no online sources have calculated their earnings.

…And this is less than $200 Million: not even close.

Though he’s not technically a member of the collective, he is in fact the grandfather and biggest fan of the organization, so let’s add the #1 Stunna to the equation:

Birdman (C.E.O. — Cash Money Records) — $115 Million

Baby’s weighing in (2012) at a whopping $115 Million; however, it has been said that in his lifetime, not including his personal income/public endorsements, Birdman has grossed $632,503,262.45. While it seems absurd that Birdman could spend over $500 Million in his lifetime, let’s not forget his outrageous penchant for gambling and ludicrous money management (or lack thereof:)

The YMCMB executive reportedly lost $2 million on the Miami Heat when they were upset by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals this year. Despite that, he says he’ll cover his losses by betting bigger on an anticipated boxing match this September between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

“I’m going to bet $10 million,” he declared.

Many rappers tend to overshoot most figures when it comes to their revenue, and Birdman has been quoted stating his net worth at around $400-600 Million. While he has in fact made (about) this much money in his lifetime, he has certainly spent a great deal of it. Either he is unaware of the definition of net worth or he is completely unaware of his absurd spending.

Or, perhaps he is indeed making purchases such as the infamous platinum football field.


Cash Money Records is the parent label to YMCMB. Parallelly, Birdman (CEO of Cash Money) is step-dad to Lil Wayne, founder of Young Money Entertainment. It’s a family affair, thus it seems okay to include Cash Money’s total worth, as well:

Cash Money Records:

And last, ands also least…

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins — – $1 Million

Tionne Watkins, former member of the group TLC, filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 2011, though she claims she’s owed a quarter of a million in child support. It makes sense that she would join YMCMB’s communist collective, as equal distribution of wealth would naturally be appealing to someone in such massive debt.

Note: The * next to the worth of some artists indicates that it is an estimate, as no online sources have calculated their earnings.


https://twitter.com/#!/BIRDMAN5STAR/status/161561823794049025

And with that, it is conclusive that in no way, shape, or form, are the members of YMCMB in fact, billionaires. Maybe someday they’ll get there, and it’s possible they already have, for net worths often don’t factor in income received from personal income and endorsements. But let’s be serious, Birdman, Lil Wayne & Co. are a day late, and roughly $550 Million dollars short. Perhaps Baby should have invested his money, instead of betting $5 Million on the Patriots to win (because history does in fact repeat itself.)

https://twitter.com/#!/nfl/status/166950284491362305


However….

While the #1 Stunna himself has proclaimed his net worth to be anywhere from $400-600 Million, it has been rumored that he is in fact worth $700 Million. If this is indeed true, then the Young Money, Cash Money collective is worth:


P.S.: Perhaps the Pennsylvania-made Karl Marx cigars inspired YM’s popular Bogey Blunts?

http://www.pophunter.com/2012/02/ymcmb-age-vs-net-worth-a-graphical-study/