Bryan 'Baby' Williams & Ronald 'Slim' Williams: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 90

Bryan "Baby" Williams & Ronald "Slim" Williams

Co-founders/co-CEOs, Cash Money Records


Last year's rank: 50

Cash Money began 2014 flush with success thanks to the 2013 performance of Drake's Nothing Was the Same, which has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Music. But in October, Young Money/Cash Money rapper Tyga tweeted about chinks in the empire's we-are-family armor, followed in December by flagship artist Lil Wayne blasting the label for his album's delay. Still, Cash Money scored several coups, namely Nicki Minaj's No. 1 "Anaconda" (1.3 million in digital sales), her No. 2 Billboard 200 debut for The Pinkprint and Drake's haul of six Rap Airplay top 10s. The big question: What's next? While Cash Money's 2015 slate lists Wayne's album and Drake's next as "coming soon," it since has been reported that Wayne is suing the label for $51 million.

ON MY DVR: "The Godfather, parts I through III." -- Bryan

MEMORABLE ARTIST ENCOUNTER: "When I first met Wayne in the early '90s at an autograph signing. He was like 9 years old. But he was very ­impressive and confident." -- Ronald