The early years
Early Cash Money stalwart Lil Slim, who introduced a young Lil Wayne to Birdman, left the label after releasing his 1995 project Thuggin and Pluggin, believing he wasn't getting his fair share of album sales. Within a couple years the entire first generation of Cash Money artists had deserted the label, citing reasons similar to Slim's.
With her non-profit Rap Coalition, Wendy Day dedicated her career to helping rappers get better deals and shifting the balance of power from labels to artists. She helped broker the deal between Master P's No Limit Records and Priority Records, and in 1998 she helped Birdman negotiate Cash Money's $30 million distribution contract with Universal. When she attempted to collect the standard 5% finder's fee, he allegedly told her, “sue me, when I have to pay you, you’ll get paid."