Revealed: Billboard’s 2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players — In A Year of Activism
In a year that tested the industry and country with both a pandemic and racial-justice reckoning, the genres continued to thrive — and change the culture — thanks to the executives on Billboard’s annual list, led by 300 Entertainment’s Kevin Liles.
Bryan “Birdman” Williams
Ronald “Slim” Williams
Co-founders/co-CEOs, Cash Money Records
This year, the Williams brothers tended to the legacy of their label and their hometown of New Orleans. In June, they committed over $250,000 to paying the rent of people in subsidized housing. The brothers were also featured in the fourpart Spotify docuseries New Cash Order and recently signed Fat Yunginn, Casper Bluff, EZ Stevie aka DJ Stevie J and G-Baby to their roster, while their label’s catalog racked up 10.3 million album consumption units.
The Song That Inspires Me: “ ‘Bling Bling’ by B.G. It was bigger than a song — the message was, ‘There is nothing you can’t do.’ The song is about opportunity and aspiration. It says that all things are possible.” – Slim