Before relating to Young Thug’s upbringing, Birdman stated that those at Cash Money have come to embrace Young Thug as a little brother.
“I know he a big fan of Wayne. And we embrace Thug [as] our little brother,” he said. “We come from the projects, New Orleans. That lifestyle we come from. I wanted to do better for me. To do better for them. To do better for us. When I see Thug he come from that same cloth. From these streets. And I see an opportunity to help him change not just his life, [but] his family’s life, his homies’ life. And make a difference in this world. And it’s through music, something that I’m powerful in. And I wouldn’t do nothing but bless him in every way possible. I’mma do everything within my powers to make him as big as he possibly can be and want to be.”
Birdman later touched on the potential Young Thug has to create records without even having to rap. He then went on to compare Young Thug’s potential to that of Drake and Lil Wayne prior to their musical success.
Lastly, the Cash Money helmsman expressed his hope for molding Thug into a superstar.
“I think a lot of rappers—niggas now just rapping a lot. And it don’t take a lot of rap to make a hit record,” Birdman said. “You know, you got the Wayne and the Drakes who really take songs and don’t rap at all. Might sing on a song. Might do just a little rapping. That’s what I see in him. He one of them that can do that. You know, Wayne developed into doing all these different things. And you got these young artists who really, Wayne is the mold for them. They watched Wayne. They studied Wayne. And he coming in the game like that. To me that put him on a higher level. Our plan as YMCMB and Rich Gang is to make him a superstar, a rock star.”
On a handful of occasions, Young Thug has expressed his admiration for Young Money rapper Lil Wayne. During an interview with Fader at the top of this year, he referred to Weezy as his idol. And months after that interview, Thug revealed his plans to name his upcoming album Carter VI.
“Nah, I just feel like I’m that big. Cause he feel like after Tha Carter V he ain’t gonna make no more music. Cause he feel like can’t nobody make music like that,” the rapper said during an interview with DJ Whoo Kid.