Cash Money Records co-CEO Brian "Baby" Williams rides with dashboards made
of "swine" and sits on "alligator seats with the head in the inside" when
he's rolling in one of his hot wheels around New Orleans.
But hip-hop's #1 stunna has had to do without the luxuries of his toys for a
good portion of the past few months. "The Birdman" has been flying.
"I damn near live there," he said recently of New York. "I 'm always out
It hasn't been all about stunning up in clubs like Cheetah and Lot 61 while
Baby's been visiting NYC. He and a few of his Cash Money cohorts have been
putting in work on remixes for Foxy Brown and Cam'ron.
"She wasn't there," he said about recording his verse for Brown's "Stylin',"
which also features her brother Gavin, Loon and Noreaga. "They just called
for me, and I just ran over and did the muthaf---er. [The chorus' references
to Burberry] was right up my alley."
He was also a fan of Cam's "Oh Boy" and had no problem jumping on that
song's reworking. "He reached for me, and I was gonna reach for him anyway
for my solo album," he explained. "We switched it from 'Oh Boy' to 'Oh
Girl.' That was his idea that was all Cam. TQ is singing the hook. I
was already on that 'Oh Boy' sh-- anyway. I like that a lot. I just flipped
it and done me."
Baby also appears on a remix of the Clipse's "Grindin' " with Noreaga and
Lil' Wayne. "I like the Clipse," Baby said. "Them n---as can rap they ass
off, and with Pharrell [Williams'] music they gonna be all right. I like
that beat. When I first saw the video, I said them cats gonna blow up. They
talk that sh-- I like to hear, that ghetto sh--. I'm shining on the remix. A
little hustling, but I'm more shining. I keep it basic, dog."
On Baby's upcoming double album solo debut, The Birdman, he followed
one of the basic practices of American society: calling on people to return
"When I do something for a muthafu--er, I don't want no money, 'cause you
never know when you might need that hand," he explained. "I'm doing my thing
now, 'Holla back homey, I need some love.' I been reaching for people.
Everybody's been trying to give me a beat or do a verse. Me and Puffy doing
one together right now. I did one on his [upcoming] album. I'm supposed to
be getting a beat from Pharrell with the Clipse on there. Me and Nelly are
talking about doing one."
Others pledging to spit game alongside Baby include Cam and Foxy, 8Ball, Too
Short and of course the Cash Money Clique. Swizz Beatz and Jazzy Pha have
already contributed two tracks apiece, but as with all CMC releases, Mannie
Fresh, who Baby said is going to ultimately decide the album's first single,
is handling the bulk of the board work.
Baby and Fresh, the Big Tymers, start a club tour of the West Coast on June
25 with labelmate Mack 10.