Young Money has sure been good to Cory Gunz.

Even before officially signing with Lil Wayne’s camp, Cory raised his profile with a scene-stealing guest verse on an early version of Weezy’s “A Milli” in ’08. Gunz joining the YM ranks may have seemed like a foregone conclusion at the time, but the Bronx bomber was quietly hoping to sign with another superstar: Eminem.

“I always had great admiration for Eminem, and growing up, any of my close friends knew that if I had a choice when I was younger I would always say that I would sign to Shady or Aftermath,” Cory told “At the end of the day, I really didn’t get a chance to get in front of Em and really let him hear any music or anything like that. But everything happens for a reason. I’m blessed to be here by choice of God. Honestly, I’m playing for one of the biggest teams. I’m like Lebron [James] right now and the Heat.”

In YM, Cory joins Weezy, Nicki Minaj, Drake and a flourishing Tyga at the forefront of one of hip-hop’s most talented rosters. Em, who signed 50 Cent through a joint venture with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath and released two platinum albums from his group D12, appears to be revamping his Shady Records. He recently announced the signing of lyrically minded supergroup Slaughterhouse and Alabama spitter Yelawolf.

No love lost here. Cory wouldn’t have it any other way. “He just signed Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf,” he said. ”I got a lot of respect for those artists too, on a colleague level. And on a skill level, they dope. It’s still love—I’m playing for the winning team and I’m happy to be here.”