Bryan "Birdman" Williams has spent the last two decades building Cash Money Records, the label he and his brother Ronald "Slim" Williams founded in 1991, into one of the most powerful teams in hip-hop history.
His YMCMB imprint, stacked with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and a gang of other successful artists, keeps racking up No. 1s, largely thanks to the #1 Stunna's relentless drive and work ethic.
The 43-year-old mogul, who's known for his flashy lifestyle, could be kicking his feet up, but instead he keeps doing 12-hour studio sessions daily as he plots to make Cash Money the music industry's first billion-dollar brand. In fact, he says he has never taken a vacation.
That's why we had to get with him for our "Shotcaller" interview in our 10th Anniversary Issue. But the magazine version barely scratched the surface. Read on for the raw uncut as Birdman tells us how he discovered Nicki Minaj, why he didn't get involved in the Drake/Common beef, and whether or not he plans on signing Rick Ross to Cash Money...
Interview by Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)