5 * Stunna by Birdman on Apple Music

23 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After helping to engineer the Cash Money sound that redefined New Orleans rap in the ‘90s, Birdman relocated to Miami and 5 * Stunna is the first album-length reflection of his immersion in the Florida lifestyle. Whereas Mannie Fresh’s signature Cash Money formula was based on skittering percussion and rapid-fire delivery, Miami producers like Cool & Dre, StreetRunner and the Fliptones specialize in opulent beats that gleam with layers of synthesizer and organ. Miami rap isn’t just about money, it’s about enormous money, and “100 Million,” “Pop Bottles,” and “I’m A Stunna” all embody CEO levels of wealth. Still Birdman raps in a voice that makes him a Dirty South everyman. He rarely sounds extraordinary, but he never sounds bad, and when matched with the right tracks, as he is on “Fully Loaded,” “Believe Dat,” and “Head Busta,” the results are about as great as straightforward Southern hip-hop gets. For the times when listeners want to spice up the proceedings, Birdman packs a secret weapon in the form of Lil Wayne. Like every point man, Wayne appears only when needed, but when he jumps into the fray on “So Tired,” “I Run This” and “Grind,” the excitement level increases tenfold.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After helping to engineer the Cash Money sound that redefined New Orleans rap in the ‘90s, Birdman relocated to Miami and 5 * Stunna is the first album-length reflection of his immersion in the Florida lifestyle. Whereas Mannie Fresh’s signature Cash Money formula was based on skittering percussion and rapid-fire delivery, Miami producers like Cool & Dre, StreetRunner and the Fliptones specialize in opulent beats that gleam with layers of synthesizer and organ. Miami rap isn’t just about money, it’s about enormous money, and “100 Million,” “Pop Bottles,” and “I’m A Stunna” all embody CEO levels of wealth. Still Birdman raps in a voice that makes him a Dirty South everyman. He rarely sounds extraordinary, but he never sounds bad, and when matched with the right tracks, as he is on “Fully Loaded,” “Believe Dat,” and “Head Busta,” the results are about as great as straightforward Southern hip-hop gets. For the times when listeners want to spice up the proceedings, Birdman packs a secret weapon in the form of Lil Wayne. Like every point man, Wayne appears only when needed, but when he jumps into the fray on “So Tired,” “I Run This” and “Grind,” the excitement level increases tenfold.

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1:02
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4:22

About Birdman

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, 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. In 2011 the single “I Get Money” announced the coming of that year’s solo album, Bigga Than Life. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    New Orleans, LA
  • BORN
    Feb 15, 1969

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