Bryan "Birdman" Williams is one half of the Williams brothers who own Cash Money Records, the record label responsible for bringing some of the biggest southern hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne to the world. The label was formerly based in New Orleans, but after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster, the collective set up shop in Dade County.
It should be understood that Cash Money has a lot of money at their disposal. That's actually an understatement ... They have a TON of money at their disposal.
And over the past month or two, if you've been around Miami Beach late at night, there's a good chance you've seen Birdman's brand new Bugatti Veyron flashing by and stopping time. The Super Sport version of the car is the world's fastest street legal vehicle and clocks in at about 267 MPH. With a price tag of $2.5 Million, Birdman's version is a little more tame. It can only hit 254 MPH at top speed. Slow ...
Anyway, the freshly delivered Bugatti was dropped off to Birdman over the summer at what appears to be the Hit Factory recording studio in North Miami. (Peep the video below courtesy of Derick G.) In style, Birdman met the delivery of the all-red vehicle in a matching all-red Adidas sweat suit. The car's price tag puts it about a million or so above the average Veyron ($1.1 - 1.5 Million). The premium pricing may be due to the all-red color choice and other interior or exterior upgrades. The keys alone look like they could pay off the average American citizen's mortgage debt.
Birdman and his car have been spotted at various hip-hop events and video shoots over the last month or so. Most recently, Drake came into town for two concerts at the James L. Knight Center and Birdman was seen pulling up to the concerts in the infamous ride. For the second show, the Bugatti made a trip to the ultra-exclusive front doorsteps of the Fountainebleau Hotel where Birdman and the Cash Money crew celebrated Drake's tour kickoff at LIV. While everybody partied inside, the Bugatti stayed on the street with two hotel security personnel by its side at all times, keeping hotel guests and photographers from getting too close.
Many of you, me included, will never ever ever (and an extra ever for good measure) see this type of money or even sit in the passenger seat of this kind of car. One can only dream. Strive for greatness, and maybe you too can one day drive a Bugatti through the streets of Miami Beach.
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