Before all of the bad press, the head tattoos, and the kiss with Lil Wayne, Birdman was just Bryan Williams. Born in New Orleans in 1969, the rapper first made waves in the mainstream with Mannie Fresh as the duo Big Tymers.
In the world of southern hip-hop, there's only so many artists that have sold 10 million or more records. Juvenile is a part of that class. With eleven (solo) albums in total, Juvenile is also one of the more consistent MCs of the past 25 years.
The Big Tymers released their last album thirteen years ago. But Mannie Fresh and Birdman are still the golden standard of strictly-for-stuntin' music. Evidence: the hook on Nef the Pharaoh's breakout hit "Big Tymin'":