Terrance “Gangsta” Williams, who, according to the word on the street, fronted the majority of the seed money to help fund Cash Money Records in its beginning stages, was freed from a federal prison life sentence earlier this month, after serving over two decades for drug trafficking and murder conspiracy.
Cash Money Records, home of the original Hot Boys, L’il Wayne, Juvenile, B.G., and Turk, would not have come to fruition if it wasn’t for Brian “Baby” Williams’ and Ronald “Slim” Williams’ younger brother, “Gangsta”, contributing over $100K to the cause.
But, unlike “Baby” and “Slim”, “Gangsta” was more into that street world, rather than the legitimate business world, which resulted in him being wire-tapped by the FBI, arrested on federal charges, and locked away in 1998. “Gangsta”, unfortunately, had to witness the rise of Cash Money Records from behind bars.
Now, after serving nearly 24 years in federal lockup, Terrance “Gangsta” Williams has regained his freedom at 47 years-old. On January 3, 2022, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who had re-sentenced him to 27.5 years this past December, mysteriously granted “Gangsta” his walking papers.
Rumors circulating in the streets allege that “Gangsta” cooperated with the Feds to come from under his life + 20 sentence. Although, there’s no evidence that any deal for Gangsta’s release was made recently, due to the judge sealing the most recent records, court documents from 1999 show that “Gangsta” did cooperate with authorities back then, but he was never provided any known benefits from that, and continued to serve his sentence. The prosecutors’ statement from the 1999 court document, revealed, “the defendant also provided information to the state authorities regarding a number of murders and urged persons who had witnessed murders to come forward as witnesses and contact the others.”
Back in 2020, in an interview with Video Wayne via prison, “Gangsta” apologized for accusing associate Hot Beezo of cooperating with authorities and going against him. He also apologized to former Cash Money artist, B.G., for “disrespecting” him back in 2010. He admitted that he was “down bad” for the speaking negatively about B.G.
“Gangsta” also mentioned his older brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams in the 2020 interview. He stated that “Slim” had definitely held him down while he’d been in prison and “Gangsta”, vehemently, thanked “Slim” for being there for him. Suprisingly, “Gangsta” never took the time to acknowledge his brother, “Baby” in that interview.
Although, “Gangsta” kept it mostly positive during the interview, he did speak on his thoughts about No Limit Records‘ founder, Percy “Master P” Miller. He accused Master P of trying to claim that he was the first one to come up with the Hot Boys tag. He called out Master P for continuing to lie when he knew, without a doubt, where Hot Boys had originated from.
Since “Gangsta” has been home, apparently he’s been keeping a low-profile. “Baby” nor “Slim” have spoken on their brother’s release.