'Slim' Williams, Judith Curr, 'Birdman' Williams, Vernon Brown & Wahida Clark

*On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Cash Money Records’ (CMR) co-founders Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams were in New York City to host a reception to introduce the authors of Cash Money Content (CMC), their new publishing venture with Atria/Simon & Schuster, at the tony Chelsea Art Museum featuring New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark whose CMC debut and first fiction title, “Justify My Thug,” hit the New York Times best seller list at # 19 last week!

Joining in on the Big Apple celebration and the expansion of the Williams’ brand were former Universal Motown Records president Sylvia Rhone, Universal Republic president and CEO Monte Lipman, former Universal Motown Record group chairman Mel Lewinter, and Cash Money business manager Vernon Brown, Esq.

Monte Lipman, Sylvia Rhone and Bryan 'Birdman' Williams

Also on hand to celebrate the success of the brothers’ book imprint were hip hop recording artist Busta Rhymes, Rich Dollas from VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop,” publisher and founder of Atria Books Judith Curr, Cash Money authors Muhammad Bashir (author of “Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice,” CMC), Ashley & JaQuavis the New York Times bestselling authors of the new series “Murderville,” hitting shelves July 26, 2011 from CMC.

“Slim” and “Birdman” Williams are known for their prosperous partnership as founders of CMR which is considered the most successful independent record label in America and home to multi-platinum recording artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay Sean, and Bow Wow.

CMC is a groundbreaking partnership that pairs the CMR brand with Atria Books, a division of the publishing powerhouse, Simon & Schuster.  CMC has also released “Pimp: The Story of My Life” by legendary author Iceberg Slim and will release the entire Iceberg Slim backlist of seven novels, including “Trick Baby” that will be in stores this summer.  Legendary west coast radio host Big Boy’s weight-loss manifesto will head up the selection of fall 2011 titles.  (Photos by Ken Harris / Kenthephotographer)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.