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Album Review

Dirty South haters are going to point out that Fast Money covers the same old tired topics Cash Money releases have beaten to death for nearly a decade and a half. Yes, thugging, big pimping, spitting bravado, and boasting about the quality of Cash Money women and weed are all over Birdman's sophomore release, but Cash Money's CEO shows that his pimp hand is strong, giving his entire roster the Dirty South blueprint for a perfect weekend album. As a rapper, Bryan Williams (or Baby, now almost always Birdman) has always been a P. Diddy character, serviceable with the rhymes but a better boss and impresario. Here, he's a step up from on fire, keeping it simple as expected but always driven and cocksure. What's fascinating is that he's also ready for your ire, begging haters to bring it on. Using the "N" word as much as possible, dragging out every old cliché, and sticking the album's two weed songs right next to each other gives every snooty backpacker plenty of ammo and every opportunity to look like a chump in 2015 when Fast Money is reissued in some kind of tenth-anniversary "Dirty South Classic" edition with four-star quotes on the cover and liner notes that wax poetic about the album's perfection. Birdman's B.G. meets Jay-Z style is surrounded by the thickest, slickest production Cash Money has ever been graced with, courtesy of Deezle, the Birdman himself, and his Big Tymers partner, Mannie Fresh. 50 Cent would sign on for any of these beats and Deezle just went A list. The fat guest list is handled especially well, with Lil Wayne, 6 Shot, Mannie, and everybody else woven into the songs and layered like voices at the party. "Neck of the Woods," "Big Pimpin'," and "Get Your Shine On" are the holy trinity of highlights, but it's the on-the-corner "We Getting It On" that gives the album its heart. Recalling Digital Underground and tipping its hat to the old school, it's the track Timbaland and Missy will be studying along with every Dirty South rapper who can see past his 24s and syrup sipping. Like Brian De Palma's Scarface, Fast Money revels in excess, glitz, misogyny, and violence with an irresponsible, larger than life attitude. To call it a guilty pleasure would be ignoring how taut the album is, how the momentum of it all steamrolls over the listener, and how Cash Money has separated itself from No Limit and its ilk with one engrossing release. No Limit CEO Master P put out an album the same day as Birdman, but P's mediocre and boasting Ghetto Bill makes him sound like a carnival huckster in comparison. P's opportunistic empire might make him the "Ghetto Bill Gates," but Fast Money proves Birdman is the real king of the Dirty Southern streets. Big pimpin' indeed.

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Ok, Let's Get This Straight...

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Fast Money-Birdman

Co CEO of Cash Money records, Birdman a.k.a. Baby releases his second album, Fast Money. My Territory: Production flows well, Birdman does his thing, nothing special. Guitars sounded good. 3/5 Neck Of The Woods: Great production, Lil' Wayne shines on this single with Birdman. 4/5 Ghetto Life: Mellow track, Bun B and 6 Shot add to this reflection of ghetto life. 3.5/5 Hug Da Block: Average track, horns sound good, nice hook. 3/5 Cash Money N***az: Lil' Carl is on the hook, as a bell and spooky synths add to this gangsta cut. 3/5 Shovlin Snow: Solid hook, huge guest list that helps the track. 3.5/5 Pressure's On: Decent track, production was nicely done. 3/5 Get It All Together: Great verse from Wayne, production was good as well. Highlight on the album. 4/5 We Got That: Street banger with 6 Shot, solid track. 4/5 Smoke Out: A smoker track, it's relaxful with Ta & 6 Shot. 3.5/5 Big Pimpin: Pimp track that is accompanied by fitting production. 3.5/5 Out The Ghetto: Chop's hook is bouncy and I liked this track, a little short. 3.5/5 Around The World: Skipper. 2.5/5 Solid Chic: Lil' Mo is fitting as well as the production, solid chick track. 4/5 We Getting It On: Reminiscent of "Still Fly" from Big Tymers, funny track. 4/5 Get Your Shine On: Great beat, Wayne and Birdman do well, great ender. 4.5/5 Solid album by CEO Birdman, he is helped a lot by his guest list, Lil' Wayne, Currency, Lil' Mo among others. Production was solid and there are plenty of bangers to satisfy the streets, another good Cash Money release. Rating 7.5 out of 10

Birdman for Life

Birdman has always been awsome. When he was with The Big Timers and now that he is alone he is the "GOD" of rap music. If u havent go the cd yet go out and get it it is a classic.


Born: February 15, 1969 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When he's doing business, Cash Money Records CEO Bryan Williams uses his real name, but when he grabs the mike 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., the Hot Boys, 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,...
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