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Growing up in New Orleans obviously gave Bryan Williams a taste of sweet music and the desire to make that money – and to spend it. Now going by the moniker of Birdman, Williams has lost neither of those early life lessons as he has become a music mogul with an estimated net worth of $71,640,000.
As a rapper, music producer and businessman, Birdman loves to don himself with the bling as he heads up the conglomerate of Cash Money Records. According to Forbes, he grossed an estimated $15 million from May 2010 to May 2011 with a net worth estimated at over $100 million in 2011. He loves to chip about that on an assortment of collaborations with other rap artists and splash his bobbles for everyone to see.
Birdman teamed up with Lil Wayne shortly afterward and they released an album titled Like Father, Like Son. Right away the album was certified gold and spawned three singles, including “Stuntin` Like My Daddy” and “Leather So Soft.” Birdman continued to collaborate with the likes of Jim Jones, Fat Joe and Lil Wayne to much success.
The more he used his skill at producing with emphasis on collaboration, his riches flowed as did his spending habits. He continued to work with Lil Wayne but spread out that love to work with Tyga, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Bun B and Drake. In late 2010, Birdman released a single called “I Get Money" featuring T-Pain, Young Money artist Mack Maine and Lil Wayne. He must have been thinking about that growing bankroll in his pocket.
This path to stardom and riches didn`t come about without a couple of glitches along the way. It seems Birdman has an occasional hanking for Rastafarian ways. Birdman was arrested in 2007 and charged with possession of nearly half an ounce of marijuana. He was released on $1,500 bond. Then in July 2008, Birdman was arrested for celebrating a bit too much. He was accused of firing a pistol into the air while throwing cash at a party. Without enough evidence though, the charges were later dropped.
A civil dispute came up in October 2009. A case of copyright infringement by Thomas Marasciullo was filed against Birdman, Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records. The resolution of that case is still pending. Then in 2011, the band Funkadelic and their label has initiated a copyright case against Lil Wayne and Birdman for using their lyrics in another song.
It`s almost a cost of business these days when you make it big like Birdman has. As his net worth grows and falls, he may unfortunately be susceptible to more allegations of copyright infringement. At least he has got a pretty good nest egg to battle his foes.