Bryan Christopher Williams, professionally known as Birdman is an American record producer, rapper, and an entrepreneur. As the co-founder and public face of Cash Money Records; a label he co-founded with his older brother Ronald “Slim” Williams since 1991, Birdman has released a number of albums including Priceless, Like Father Like Son and others.
He has collaborated with fellow rapper and protégé, Lil Wayne whom he partnered with to establish the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB).
Birdman was born on February 15, 1969, in New Orleans to Gladys and Johnny Williams. His mother passed away when he was five years old, and he has two siblings, an older brother, named Ronald and a younger sister named Tamara. He grew up partly in Canada and spent two years in a foster home before his father regained custody of he and his siblings; after a long legal battle.
Growing up in the Magnolia Projects in Central City, New Orleans, Birdman didn’t have it all smooth. He was arrested on a number occasions for robberies and selling/possession of illegal drugs. He served 3 years in a correctional centre and another 18 months before he was acquitted of all charges.
Birdman joined the music industry and from 1998 to 2002, he formed the duo Big Tymer in 1998 with producer and DJ Mannie Fresh to release his first album How Ya Luv That?. In 2002, he released a single titled: I Got That Work. The song got the RIAA certification for selling more than a million copies in the US.
In the years that followed, he released another album, Hood Rich (2002). Two singles from the album were critically acclaimed; Still Fly was nominated for a Grammy Award and Oh Yeah! received a Platinum certification. In 2003, the label released Big Money Heavyweight which was certified Gold in the United State and while his partnership with Mannie Fresh seemed good, the DJ resigned from Cash Money in 2005.
Birdman changed his name from ‘Baby’ after his group, Big Tymers broke up in 2005. His next album, Father and Son was a collaboration with Lil Wayne, whom he refers as his son; owing to the fact that he discovered and took Wayne under his wing at an early age. Two singles; Pop Bottle and I Run This, from his fourth album 5 * Stunna, with Wayne were a huge success. His first UK release in 2009, Written on Her, from the album, Pricele$$, featured British singer Jay Sean.
In the years that followed, Birdman has released several songs and mixtapes featuring famous artistes like Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Bun B, Drake and many members of Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment. With his label and fame, Birdman promoted upcoming rappers like Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan whom he featured in his single titled Lifestyle, from his album Rich Gang album.
The album also features music from the Atlanta-based rappers – Thug and Quan.
Birdman has been listed as one of the richest rappers in the world. His net worth was $125 million as at 2012 when Forbes magazine named him the fifth highest-earning hip-hop star with an annual earning of $21 million in September 2013.
But Birdman never planned to stop, and so as at January 2018, the rapper was reportedly worth $180 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. For all we know, Birdman’s earnings range from the sales of his albums to the success of his label.
Is He Gay?
After a photo of Birdman and Lil Wayne Kissing splashed on the internet, as soon after, the question of whether the rapper is gay began to circulate. However, it is no longer news that both artistes share a father-son kind of relationship. Birdman also described the mouth to mouth kiss as innocent during an interview and said it was nothing more than a father and son expression of love.
Relationship With Toni Braxton
The relationship between Birdman and famous singer, Toni Braxton started off as a rumor with the couple dropping hints at every event they’re seen together. Meanwhile, the duo has been friends for 17 – 18 years when Birdman released his debut self-titled album, Baby You Can Do It, featuring Braxton in 2002. While the rumor of their new romance was mounting, none of them tried to squash it. Although Toni’s sister Tamar Braxton fueled the curiosity further, on August 2016, when she shared a video of Toni testing out her new Bentley SUV; a gift from Birdman.
During a preview of a new Braxton Family Values episode, Toni described the rapper as an undercover gentleman who makes her fee adored. When asked about his relationship with Toni on the Wendy Williams Show, Birdman was full of praises saying he loves her to death.