When he’s doing business, Cash Money Records CEO Bryan Williams uses his real name, but when he grabs the mic to spit Dirty South raps, Williams goes by the names Birdman or Baby. Williams formed Cash Money in 1991 with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. Releases by B.G., Hot Boy$, Juvenile, and many others built the Cash Money empire into a Dirty South powerhouse. Williams himself displayed his vocal skills on the Hot Boys albums, but it was with Cash Money’s in-house producer, Mannie Fresh, that he really made his mark. The two formed the group Big Tymers in 1997 and made of series of albums that became Dirty South favorites. He broke out on his own with Baby aka the 1 Stunna in 2002. After the album’s release, he oversaw an urban footwear collection for the Lugz company, narrated the video game Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, and appeared in the 2005 movie Beauty Shop. Three years after his solo debut, Birdman released his second solo album, Fast Money. In 2006 he teamed with his “surrogate son,” Lil’ Wayne, for Like Father, Like Son.
-David Jeffries, All Music Guide
Birdman (II)—is the alter-ego of musician Mike “Bunny” McColl, formerly of the Buffalo alt-trio, The Disappointments. Now living in New Mexico, and going by the name Birdman, he plays all his own instruments. So far he has released 3 Cds of music. Hate Me (2004), The Magic Tortilla (2006), and the recently released American Southwest (2008). The title track to Hate Me is a blistering indictment of the Bush Regime, and is a rare political statement from this reclusive artist. Most of his songs are more personal and reflect his observations of human behavior…mainly the stuff that ticks him off, it seems. American Southwest really starts to show the effects of having lived in New Mexico as a majority of the songs really have a “western” feel to them with jangly guitars and shuffling snare drums and thumping bass. Includes a high energy rave up version of Surfin’ Bird.