Bryan Christopher Williams, better known as Birdman the Co-founder of Cash Money Records is probably one of the most enigmatic and controversial public moguls of the last 20 years. Birdman and his brother Ronald "Slim" Williams founded Cash Money in 1991 and in turn impacted the industry forever over the course of a dominating 20 year reign that produced one of the biggest rap groups of all time and three of the biggest artists in the industry today. In many ways, it is hard to believe that Birdman has been at the helm of  a label that has helped launch the careers of many influential and successful artists including The Big Tymers, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and more given the incredibly meager circumstances he started in.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 13th, 1969 Birdman hit it hard early on in life when his mother Ms. Gladys died when he was only two years old. Having spent the bulk of his developmental years in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans 3rd Ward, Birdman resorted to selling drugs and burglaries to provide from himself in the notoriously dangerous and crime ridden neighborhood. His criminal rapsheet began when he was 16-years-old when he was arrested for drug possession and by the time he was 18 he was arrested again for the same crime and was sentenced to three years in Elayn Hunt Correction Center where he spent 22 months before being acquitted of all charges.

However he quickly turned things around upon his release and joined forces with former Cash Money in-house Producer Mannie Fresh to form the infamous rap duo Big Tymers. After releasing several commercially successful albums featuring classic hits like "Still Fly" the duo dissolved and Birdman, who was then known as Baby, changed his stage name and began focusing on building the Cash Money imprint and developing artists like Lil Wayne and The Hot Boys. Now nearly 30 years later the label is considered one of the most influential and successful imprints out there and at one point boasted a roster of artists that achieved 12 No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and is estimated to be worth over $300 Million dollars. What's even more impressive is the fact that Birdman has managed to maintain a decent solo career throughout his entire journey building Cash Money over the years. Given all of the turmoil between Lil Wayne and Birdman, there is a shroud of mystery and alleged betrayal surrounding Stunna and Cash Money these days, but hate him or love hime, you have to give him his credit where his credit is do. Thus, here are 10 of Birdman's most essential tracks.