Birdman said in a recent interview that he could have signed Kanye West to Cash Money Records but didn’t.
He said, “Kanye West was with me before he was Kanye West. I knew he was special. I let him go.”
The reason he let him go was because of Mannie Fresh, who was already signed on as a producer.
He said “Kanye came to me as a producer and I wasn’t gonna ever disrespect Mannie Fresh ’cause I started with Fresh. I wasn’t gonna play with Fresh ’cause Fresh was my day one.”
Things worked out for Kanye, obviously, as he later signed with JAY-Z at Roc-A-Fella.