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Rap Mogul Birdman Reveals He Spent Early Childhood In British Columbia

Birdman Prince George

There’s a lot of music talent in British Columbia, but it’s hard to believe that one of the most wealthiest names in hip-hop has roots in our province.

Birdman, C.E.O. and co-founder of Cash Money records, a label that boasts some of the biggest names in the industry including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Drake, recently revealed he spent three years of his early childhood in Prince George.

The hip-hop cash king has made Forbes countless times, and currently has a net worth value of $170 million.

Birdman, whose real name is Brian Williams, revealed his ties to Northern B.C. in a radio interview with New York host Angie Martinez.

The disclosure came moments after the Cash Money C.E.O. revealed his company had a biopic in the works and it would feature a wide variety of his undisclosed childhood and road to riches.

Following the death of both his parents, William’s sister and uncle took him and his family from New Orleans to Prince George. Williams would go on to spend a few years there from approximately 1973 to 1976 before moving back to his hometown and ultimately moving to Miami.

At the time, Prince George was a fast growing logging town. Today, it’s the largest city in northern B.C. with a population of 70,000+. Prince George is also the Canadian city with the most amount of millionaires per capita – ironically.

Prince George is considered highly important to British Columbia’s economy. The city is also considered among one of the most dangerous in Canada.

Living north of the border has been one many untold stories by Williams, who pointed out that not even his own Canadian artist Drake knows about his roots.

Watch the full interview below:


H/T Andrew Kurjata
Image via Birdman / Facebook

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