With all of his elaborate possessions - from jewels to cars and homes; his cash money making ventures- from music to videogames to shoes and clothing; Bryan "Birdman aka Baby" Williams is poised to continue shining in everything he does. The New Orleans bred, Miami loving and living, artist slash entrepreneur, has spent over a decade perfecting his hustle and adjusting his swagger to the beat of his own drum. The mega-house that Birdman helped to build, alongside his brother Ronald "Slim" Williams, is known to legions of fans as Cash Money. As they celebrate the tenth anniversary of the 45 million selling, gold and platinum plaque adorning, Cash Money Empire and reputation, the man with many nicknames unleashes his third solo effort, 5* Stunna, to hip-hop fans everywhere. "My nicknames went with the time I put in with my music. Five star stunna, that's me doing me, just Bryan Williams, the stunna man."
In preparation for his latest release, the Cash Money co-founder, CEO and platinum-plus star has kept busy. Having suffered loss and persevered to regain himself, Birdman spent the past two years performing with Cash Money signature superstar Lil Wayne. Fresh from their pairing Like Father, Like Son and the wildly successful single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy," Birdman is clear on whom he represents "we do our music for the people," and the people kindly acknowledge him in return.
In his music as in life, Birdman injects himself fully into the mix at an aggressive, accelerated rate. "When I do an album I want it to be me, my personality, my character, what I love, what I live for and I think in my music, that's what I bring across," explains the high ranking influential. "I'm into cars, nice beautiful things, and I think on this album, I brought you along into my personal life. I went into more depth about the things I've been through and our life experiences."
The first single and video from 5* Stunna, "Pop Bottles" featuring Lil Wayne, sounds like classic Cash Money. Reminiscent of the archives from the CM vault, time spent with the Hot Boyz and Big Tymers, the speeded up synthesizer that pounces like a southern bounce record, yet creeps in on the low, is contemporary, five-star quality. When Birdman and Wayne crafted the lyrics for the track, they were doing what they do, toasting their recent success 'poppin' bottles.'
5* Stunna carefully weaves a cautionary tale not only from the perspective of its official G, but also from the perspective of the old man narrator from the Like Father, Like Son album. As the Italian wise guy walks with Birdman intermittently throughout his five star excursions, he drops gems along the way about the game, loyalty and family business. "I wanted that input from him, like I was just going to see the old man to get the blessing."
One of the blessings Birdman received was a star studded collaboration with the Cool