The founders of Cash Money Records have donated $225,000 to residents of New Orleans to help pay their rent. Brothers Bryan “Birdman” and Ronald “Slim” Williams, who started the record label in their hometown of New Orleans in 1991, announced the donation this week.
The homegrown New Orleans hip-hop label has represented such stars as Lil Wayne, whose Young Money Entertainment is a subsidiary of Cash Money.
The Williams’ generous donation will be administered to the residents of several New Orleans housing projects to help pay the June rent. The money itself will be administered to tenants of Harmony Oaks, Marrero Commons, and Guste neighborhoods by Forward Together New Orleans.
The non-profit organization was originally started in 2018 by then-mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell as a transition committee when she took office. Since then, the organization has stayed active as a link between public and private companies as they engage in charitable works, and recently delivered an added emphasis on coronavirus-related issues. Even though the Williams brothers left New Orleans since founding Cash Money, they have remained pillars of the community. The money put forth in their donation even goes toward the former C.J. Peete public housing project, where the brothers grew up in the 1970s.
In a video announcing the Cash Money donation, Mayor Cantrell said,
Alright New Orleans, I need you to join me in giving a big shout-out and a lot of love, that only we can do, to our great sons Ronald ‘Slim’ and Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams. You know ‘em – Cash Money Records. They stepped up tremendously for our residents who are living in Guste, Marrero Commons, as well as Harmony Oaks. … You know them as Melpomene, Calliope and Magnolia. We know that these developments are near and dear to our Cash Money family.”
I just want to say thank you so much, Birdman. Thank you so much, Slim, for always stepping up, and at the right time, when it comes to the citizens of New Orleans. It’s coming from your heart, and I know it’s coming from your pocket. On behalf of all the residents of our city, we say … ‘Keep making us proud by doing what you continue to do – looking out for our family, showing New Orleans on that global map.
Recipients of the rent assistance funds will be notified directly. For more information, head to the Forward Together New Orleans website. Watch Mayor Cantrell’s full video thanking the Williams brothers and Cash Money Records below.
.@mayorcantrell sends a big THANK YOU to @CashMoney for their generous donation through her Mayor’s Fund non-profit to pay June rent for hundreds of residents in the Harmony Oaks, Marrero Commons, and Guste scattered sites. Tenants will be notified directly if they qualify. #nola pic.twitter.com/BOG5xFyl1W
— Forward Together New Orleans (@FTNOfund) May 28, 2020