Boxing Champ Said Music Has Always Been His Passion
Floyd Mayweather is taking his competitive spirit out of the ring and into the studio.
The retired boxing legend has launched The Money Team Music Group, an artist development company and record label, and debuted his roster of artists at a private meet and greet for the press Nov. 15 at the Intercontinental Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Among them was Minnesota native Lil Jamez, West Coast DJ and rapper Jay Bling, tween singer/songwriter Sunny Malouf and Canada’s own Friyie, who Mayweather described as Drake and The Weeknd rolled into one.
“Music has always been one of my first loves,” Mayweather told us. “I’ve loved music since the beginning. It all started with my dad. My dad had every James Brown record you could think of. My dad would play James Brown everyday. When my dad would train, he would listen to James Brown.”
Mayweather, who was accompanied by Lil Kim, said his retirement means he has the time – and the money – to dedicate towards making his artists shine.
“Now that I’m in a position – and of course, I know music and I love music – I’m in a position to give back and help individuals accomplish their dreams and accomplish their goals, I believe in the artist getting the lions share,” Mayweather told BOSSIP. “And that’s what I’m here to do, help artists win and get the lion’s share of the money.”
The champ said he has no plans to go back to rapping and instead will stick to leading the label. And Mayweather said no matter what fans thought him about him, he asked them to give the music a chance.
“We know that music is not like it used to be as far as CDs selling, but I don’t want no one, who may not like me to make them think a certain way about an artist, or to not like an artist because they don’t like me,” he said. “If you don’t like me, that’s cool, but if the artist is good, then go out there and support the artist.”
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