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. They had platinum albums, Grammy nominations, and a reputation that helped boost the careers of those on the Cash Money Records roster: Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and the rest of Hot Boyz. 

Anyone who was diggin' rap music around 2002 knows what's about to go down when they hear the words, "What's up Fresh? It's our turn baby!" Tracks like "Still Fly" helped usher in a new generation of rap, and despite some of his sketchy business practices, Birdman was responsible for some bangers back in the day.