As face tattoos have swept over and are becoming increasingly more embraced by soundcloud rappers with open, tatted arms, OG hip hop legends are starting to turn the other cheek.
Birdman, rapper & co-founder of Cash Money Records, revealed that he is considering getting his face tattoos removed, in a new interview with Forbes.
“I just think at this point in my life, I don't need that,” Birdman said. “That stereotypes you. It takes away from the business and certain things.”
While Birdman seems well beyond face tattoos, and remaining vague about which specific implications face tattoos have on a person, in 2000, Birdman encouraged rapper Mikkey Halsted to get face tattoos upon joining the Cash Money label. Despite Mikkey telling Birdman that the image of a clean-cut rapper can work.
Mikkey recalled the story to DJ Booth, "He was like, ‘You should go get tattoos on your neck,’ and I’m like, ‘Listen, fuck that, I’m not doing shit like that man.’ I can’t even go home and look at my brother and my grandmother in their face if I change. I’m not doing that shit man."
Furthermore, one of his latest signees to the label, Blueface, has plenty of face tattoos himself. He was signed over after being released from jail for his involvement in a California shooting.
Also to note, while the rapper seems to be wanting to turn over a new leaf with tattoo removal, there are a handful of rappers that are claiming Birdman’s money should go to them, as he owes them “upwards of millions.”
While one Cash Money rapper Birdman owes cash money to is Mikkey Halsted, another big controversy is Tyga, who says he's owed $12 million. The biggest Cash Money controversy, is with Lil Wayne himself.
The two have had the longstanding dispute, as Wayne claimed his own label owes him for profits made from Drake and Nicki Minaj, as well as an $8 million advance for Tha Carter V that Wayne says he never received.
Birdman took to Instagram Live to rant about the fans, colleagues, and peers, who are defending Wayne.
"I be hearing all you n—s talking about this Lil Wayne shit. Lil Wayne this, Lil Wayne that. Bitch, Lil Wayne my son. I raised him. He ain’t have nothing. I brought him to be something and got something. Bitch, you don’t think I’m gonna make sure he straight? Suck a n—a dick, bitch. I'ma show all you pussy ass n—s that ever got in my business. Fuck ya n—a. I'ma show you don't play with me, n—a. I'm what you call a fucking real mastermind, you lil' bitty bitch. You heard me? And if you cross my line... you already know... I ain't even gotta tell ya. You know what type of n—a I am."
If the face tattoo removal is for a change in heart about a new direction for the rapper, as opposed to the tattoos themselves, we are all for it.