According to Mikkey Halsted, a Chicago rapper who was once signed to Kanye West, ‘Ye had a chance to sign with Birdman. Cash Money came through to Chi-town one time when Yeezy was blowing up and offered him a deal that would sign both him and his artists. Ultimately, Kanye West declined the deal because he felt CM was “too street.” He would go on to sign with Roc-A-Fella instead and the rest is history.
In the interview, Mikkey Halsted also revealed Kanye West addressed the situation on his classic “Last Call” outro on The College Dropout.
“One of my homies that was one of my artists, he got signed. But it was supposed to really go through my production company, but he ended up going straight with the company. So like, I’m just straight holding the phone, getting the bad news that dude was trying to leave my company.”
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