Birdman Thinks CEOs Should Be Saluted During Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary

While we're celebrating our favorite artists, Birdman thinks the power players behind the scenes deserve recognition as well.

BYErika Marie

We hope you aren't growing tired of hearing about Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary because Birdman is weighing in. We've continued to celebrate the culture in all forms regardless of the year, but 2023 is extra special. This year marks five decades of Rap, and artists from all generations are sharing their thoughts on Hip Hop's history. Today (February 28), Birdman helped close out Black History Month by dropping off a few thoughts on Instagram.

The Louisiana icon isn't one who spends much time on social media. Unlike his peers, appearances online are scarce, so when he does surface, fans immediately pay attention. At the Grammy Awards, the Hip Hop tribute was filled with artists who have contributed significantly to the culture. However, Birdman believes that this yearlong celebration also needs to include movers and shakers.

What About The CEOs?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 01: Birdman and Lil Waune attend Lil Wayne's "Funeral" album release party on February 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Young Money/Republic Records)

Undoubtedly, it takes more than a talent to create a star. Labelheads, managers, A&Rs, publicists, assistants, producers, videographers, photographers, and more have aided in Hip Hop becoming the global influence that it is today. "Im confused about 50yrs of hip hop where they salute legendary artists which is well respeked," Birdman wrote. "Also I think CEOs who kept these artists alive to be great showed them how to keep hip hop alive should be saluted in a major way."

"I remember wen they said hip hop was dead and we Kept it alive," he continued. "YMCMB 20plus summers respek our hussle CEO s kept hip hop alive frfr @cashmoneyofficial #RICHGANG #STUNNAMAN🐍💚🐊🦅🐐." It looks like Birdman hopes the public will also recognize the power players behind the scenes who turn everyday talents into superstars. Young Money and Cash Money were the voice of an era. They carved out the careers of Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and more.

Lil Wayne Is No. 1, According To Him

Weezy seemingly acknowledged his contributions to Hip Hop in a recent interview. He spoke on the Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time list that captivated fans, but Wayne was placed 7th. The top spot was taken by Jay-Z, but Wayne told Zane Lowe that no one was higher than him.

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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.