Amongst all Hip Hop artists both dead and alive, who do y'all think has got the best music business acumen in the context of signing unknown or upcoming rappers who then later on blow up to be global mainstream recording artists?
Meh, 😏I still don't consider Birdman to be much of a Hip Hop artist.
But there's absolutely no doubt about how Birdman and his brother Ronald Jay "Slim" Williams alongside Universal Music Group have managed to have a stronghold on the sound of rap music for the past 10 years or so.
By the way, I am talking strictly from a music business perspective not just art, creativity, lyricism, etc. Cash Money/Young Money, UMG, and OVO Sound have held the game by the balls for far too long now.
You gotta put some respek on them labels above fo sho.
Remember your thread is about which A-list rapper signed a D-list rapper (or unknown artist) who later became an A-list rap artist.
With that said, 50 Cent has got to go, so does T.I., so does Kanye West.
Jay-Z and Dame Dash signed Kanye West so he stays on that list. Perhaps, you ought to also consider Jay-Z signing J. Cole too.
All artists Drake has ever signed to his OVO Sound record label aren't anywhere near his level neither have they done anything significant to be close to him, I mean strictly speaking in terms of global influence -- so nope that's a non-starter.
Dr. Dre signed Eminem so add him too. I am not too sure about counting Diddy as a rapper although he signed Biggie Smalls.
I gotta say Birdman. Because without Birdman there probably wouldn't be Young Money Entertainment as we know it now, therefore, no Lil' Wayne. Without Tunechi that arguably means no Drake and Nicki Minaj.
In addition, there is no female rapper in this context who touches Nicki Minaj either, absolutely none. BTW, I am talmbout' a successful female rapper who got signed by another rapper then blew up. As for Drake, there's not much to say. That's pretty much obvious.
So Cash Money/Young Money signing Nicki Minaj and Drake was a good long-term strategic move.