Always looking to expand his empire, Baby is looking to make a serious run in Hollywood with the launch of Cash Money Films this year.
Along with a yet-to-be titled starring vehicle for Omar Epps, and which producer Tracey Edmonds will also have a hand in, hip-hop’s No. 1 Stunna has a major plan to put his entire label on the silver screen via a movie called, Rich Gang.
“We start shooting that in the fall,” Birdman revealed to XXL last week in New York City during a book release party for Cash Money Content author Wahida Clark’s, Payback Ain’t Enough. “That’s the whole team, that’s like a 2012 Balla Blocking. The Rich Gang movie is about the team. Everybody is going to be the star of it, but Wayne will be the center of it. It’s about the team, everybody that’s on the label.”
When asked if the movie is going to be documentary style or scripted with the artists playing characters, Stunna simply said he wants everybody to just do them.
“I would like them for just be themselves,” the flamboyant CEO offered. “I’m not gonna tell no nigga to go to acting school. Just be yourself. We’re excited as a brand about it. Tyga, everybody is like, ‘Stunna, let’s do a movie.’ We got a few of them lined up and we gonna shoot them.”
Also on the New Orleans-bred mogul’s wish list is for author Clark to adapt one of her books into a screenplay. He says became interested in working with the author not just because of her fiction novels, but because of the potential movie scripts she could write.
“When I got her collection, I was amazed at all the books she did already,” he recollected of the origins of their business union. “I said, ‘This is somebody I need to get into business with. She’s hungry.’ I’m looking forward to Wahida writing a script to one of her scripts and turning it into a movie.”
In turn, Clark believes aligning herself with Birdman and Cash Money Content was a simple decision.
“It was no brainer,” Clark said of the move. “My agent reached out to me and said ‘Cash Money is starting a book publishing imprint.’ I thought about the millions of records they sell and said I want to sell million of books. There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind about Cash Money knowing hip-hop. I write street lit. Hip-hop is the art of story telling. Street lit, we tell stories, it was a no brainer.”
Mystikal will be performing and recording all the way up until he has to begin his 81-day prison term beginning on May 14 stemming from a probation violation this past February. So, YMCMB boss Birdman says he’s not worried about the rollout for Mystikal’s comeback album, Original, being temporarily derailed by the means of the LP coming out later than expected.
“We working now,” Birdman said last week in New York during a book release party for Cash Money Content author Wahida Clark and her new work, Payback Ain’t Enough. “Them little 80 days them ain’t about nothing. We’ll be on his next single soon as he comes home. From the concrete, straight to the concrete. Ya heard me.”
Earlier this month, Mystikal, 41, was ordered by Louisiana State District Judge Toney Marabella to serve the 81 days for a February arrest on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery charges. Mystikal served eight days and was released.
However, the new charges violated his five-year probation on extortion and sexual battery charges. Mystikal served six years for that case, coming home in 2010. In December of 2011, he signed to Cash Money.
Earlier this year, he released the title track from his upcoming LP, which features Baby and Lil Wayne. Birdman has originally planned to drop Original this summer, but those plans have obviously changed. In the meantime, Birdman has a bevy of releases to keep his company busy. Chief among them is Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II. Also on deck are LPs by Busta Rhymes, Bow wow, DJ Khaled, Lil Twist, Kevin Rudolph, Chris Richardson and Shanell.