The Early Days
Cash Money was started by brothers Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams in the Magnolia Projects in Uptown New Orleans. The initial roster included: U.N.L.V. (Uptown Niggas Living Violently), Kilo G, Lil Slim and PmMxWx (Projects' Most Wanted). Local DJ Mannie Fresh would soon come to Cash Money and become the label's sole in-house producer.
After a few years of considerable success in New Orleans, Cash Money began looking to sign younger talent. In 1994, Baby signed Lil' Doogie (later B.G.), age 13, and Baby D (Lil Wayne), age 11. In 1996, Juvenile and Turk would sign and join B.G. and Wayne to form the Hot Boys. They were now the foundation of Cash Money, and Baby began cutting out the artists he started with.
UNLV's 2004 album Gutta 4 Life includes a track called "Drag 'Em Pt. II (Fuck Cash Money)," a remix of "Drag 'Em in the River," their biggest hit with Cash Money. In the song, UNLV claims Yella Boy's murder is no mystery: "Bad ass Yella Boy, this is for you/Homie, we know the true story, and we know what to do."
Nearly ten years later, UNLV would bring a lawsuit against Cash Money.