BIRDMAN (rapper + record producer) SELLING FLORIDA MANSION has allegations of racketeering, narcotics trafficking + money laundering
ABOVE + BELOW – Bryan “Birdman” Williams (aka: Baby)
Rapper and producer Bryan “Birdman” Williams is reducing the asking price of his Palm Island mansion.
The Cash Money Records co-founder cut the price of the property at 70 Palm Avenue in Miami Beach by 15.5 percent to $16.9 million from $20 million amid the slowdown in luxury residential sales.
It’s on the market with Brett Harris and Darin Tansey of Douglas Elliman.
The house is now listed for less than $800 per square foot, which Harris called “a good value for someone looking on a per-foot level.” They’re gearing up to market the property during Miami Art Week and throughout the holidays with about half a dozen showings already scheduled.
Williams bought the house in 2011 from Rockstar Energy Drink founder Russell Weiner for $14.25 million, and spent millions renovating the 20,000-square-foot waterfront home.
Williams, whose net worth was pegged at about $180 million, is reportedly looking to downsize, Harris previously said. The seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion features about 100 feet of water frontage with a dock for a 100-foot yacht, a volleyball court, movie theater, chef’s kitchen, two wine cellars, a four-car garage and a two-car garage, a pool, and a summer kitchen with a pizza oven. It was built in 2004.
The record producer, whose label is home to artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, listed the house in June. Curbed first reported the price cut.
BACKGROUND: Rapper bought the house in 2011 from Rockstar Energy Drink founder for $14.25M
Rapper and producer Bryan “Birdman” Williams is looking to cash out on his Palm Island mansion.
The Cash Money Records co-founder is listing his waterfront Miami Beach home at 70 Palm Avenue for $20 million, The Real Deal has learned. His record label is home to artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, who’s been listing his La Gorce mansion for two years. Bankrate pegs Williams’ net worth at about $180 million.
Williams bought the house in 2011 from Rockstar Energy Drink founder Russell Weiner for $14.25 million, and spent millions renovating the 20,000-square-foot mansion, said listing agent Brett Harris of Douglas Elliman. Alex Daguer of Fortune International Realty is co-listing the Williams’ home.
Records show the seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom house sits on a 0.7-acre lot. The property includes about 100 feet of water frontage with a dock for a 100-foot yacht, a volleyball court, movie theater, chef’s kitchen, two wine cellars, a pool, and a summer kitchen with a pizza oven, Harris said. Williams upgraded the master bedroom by combining three bedrooms on the top floor and it now spans about 3,500 square feet, according to Daguer.
The mansion, which was built in 2004, was designed and furnished by Mendez Vela Design. It includes a four-car garage and a two-car garage.
“You can’t replace that square footage because of the new code. It’s almost unheard of in Miami unless you’re on a much larger piece of land,” Daguer said.
Harris represented Weiner in the 2011 sale, and also in his $20 million purchase of 2920 North Bay Road in July. Tomi Rose represented Williams in the 2011 purchase of 70 Palm Avenue, she said.
The rapper is looking to downsize, Harris said. “It’s too much home for him,” he said. “We’re actively pursuing other properties [in South Florida] for him now.”
So far, he’s shown the Palm Island property to Saudi nationals and Chinese buyers, and will list it on the MLS on Monday.
Williams isn’t the only producer to have lived at 70 Palm. Record producer Scott Storch, a former The Roots keyboardist, lost the house to foreclosure in 2010.
A similarly sized mansion nearby at 73 Palm Island is on the market for $29 million.
and MORE BACKGROUND: Insider Alleges F.B.I Building Case Against Bryan “Birdman” Williams
A reliable F.B.I insider has stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, N.O.P.D and Miami-Dade Police
have been building attempting to build a major racketeering, money laundering and distribution case
against Cash Money CEO and Rapper Bryan “Birdman” Williams.
The individual who will only be known as “Lee” told MediaFakeOut that the Government has been gathering
evidence against the mogul since early 2005 but due to little co-operation with the public and a lack of evidence
he/she is unsure and even doubts that the charges will ever see the light of day. “The Buereau knows that Williams
is a major player in Gulf narcotics activity but he goes about it so secretively and operates his organization so tightly
that they have been extremely unsuccessful on actually gathering any incriminating statements or material”.
“Lee” states that the N.O.P.D contacted F.B.I agents after more than four million dollars was found in the floorboards,
walls and ceilings of three homes owned by Millionaire Properties Inc. a holding company operated by Bryan “Baby” Williams
and Casey “O.G.” Collins (Collins was recently released from prison after serving a five year sentence for parole violations
stemming from distribution and conspiracy to commit murder charges) the company has over 113 properties listed as assets
45 of which are homes and/or apartments. Also, its rumored that Williams’ label, Cash Money Records has been falsifying
documents for years and exaggerating revenues to launder hundreds of million of dollars in drug money.
“They’ve (F.B.I) pinned his assets at over two billion dollars, five hundred million of which is already on paper”. So where
is the rest ? expert and former narcotics analysist for the NYPD Michael Rodriguez believes that most of Williams’ money
has been funnelled through a number of private charities, businesses, and even close friends and relatives in an elaborate
laundering scheme, the likes of which have never been seen before. “Cash Money (Records) has over 150 employees, why ? why does a label with four major artists and six under developement need 150 employees, many of which have
quarter-to-half million dollar per year jobs ? How is it that Williams’ can purchase thirty million dollar private jets
and fourty million dollar homes and his finances never seem to decrease ? How could a man who’s label sold
less than three million records in 2006 earn almost 44 million dollars ? Its suspicious, but yet again, there is just not enough proof.”
and MORE BACKGROUND: Birdman: Hip-Hop’s Biggest Deviant
The typical “deviant (term)” is no murderer. In fact, most deviants are not — in Sociology, the definition of a “deviant” is one who violates social norms of enough weight to warrant disapproval from members of society. While the most prominent examples of deviants may be killers and abusers, deviants need not be so extreme. Most of us partake in deviant behaviors on a minor level of minuscule scale; it is a rather normal occurrence in the daily lives of any normal human. As his moniker implies, “Birdman” is not so human. He is the reason for lost lives, lost fortune, lost innocence, and lost artistry. A deviant among deviants, Bryan “Birdman” Williams has diverged from both norm and law, escaping consequences.
Born in the poorer area of uptown New Orleans, Bryan “Birdman” Williams didn’t come into the best part of the world. In fact, he was raised in the infamous ‘Magnolia Projects’, officially known as the C.J. Peete Projects, which are one of the many housing authorities in the city. But the ‘Magnolia Projects’ are not any other project — containing over 1400 units at its peak, Magnolia has been the birthplace of many prominent figures in the hip-hop scene. But this success was not without hardship — his mother died when he was two, and his father when he was five. He spent his days after in boys homes and foster care, of areas that were known for no other reason than crime and poverty. As he grew older, he began to grow invested into the street life, and took up selling heroin for work, and was no stranger to stick-ups and robberies. He was arrested for the first time at the age of 16, and, after his release, was arrested again and sentenced to serve time at a correctional center. Though it’d be nice to say that this was the end to a bad start, it was not — it was only a beginning of more beginnings.
Cash Money Records came to be in 1991 when he and his brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams, “hoped to get [them] out of the projects and into a more positive life.” With the hard work of himself and producer/DJ partner Mannie Fresh forming the duo “Big Tymers,” and a small loan of $100 thousand from his drug kingpin of a step-brother, they worked this dream into reality. Fast forward almost three decades, Birdman & Mannie Fresh have not only gone platinum countless times, but have signed waves of artists onto the Cash Money (and eventually Young Money) rosters, bringing swarms of sounds all at once with legions of artist signings. But to say this rise was sundered from controversy would be a lie — severed relationships and bodies were merely minor byproducts on their march to success.
The ways in which Birdman could be considered a sociological “deviant” are plentiful, and listing these considerations could fill a chapter’s worth of information. To keep it short, Birdman is this paper’s subject for deviancy for five major categories: deaths and disappearances of associates, drug-related fiascos, accusations/allegations of molestation and rape, tax evasion and money laundering, and general corruption. Birdman is pinned as a murderer not because of evidence that he himself has actually killed someone, but more a murderer from the ‘racketeering’ perspective: Birdman has openly bragged about calling a hit on the deceased sister of the rapper Mystikal, who is now, somehow, signed to Cash Money Records. Other times, however, Birdman has chosen to stay discrete, and looking at Cash Money’s roster history is like looking at a timeline of past Nigerian leadership — members are killed or disappear randomly such that the story of it all is muddled and confusing, and even more-so shady. That many of those who engage in disputes with Birdman end up underground or in prisons & hospitals is nothing to laugh about. Birdman is hip-hop’s living embodiment of an Italian mafioso in the 1940’s.
As stated before, the commencement of business in Cash Money Records was largely due to the help of Birdman & Slim’s step-brother, Terrance “Gangsta” Williams. Not only did Terrance loan them $100 thousand to start up their label, he continued to fund the company through revenue he likely acquired from drug-related ventures. Yet this is not the deviant part — this, on the outside, looks like an attempt to crawl out ‘the gutter,’ and, having a system obstructing you from reaching the ledge, having to result to desperate means of exploiting law. But Birdman slipped from fitting into the ‘determined’ category, and dropped to the ‘downright evil’ one when the child-star rappers he had signed became less youthful and more “dope fiend.” Before regions legends Turk and B.G. were able to break into the spotlight, they got hooked onto opiates, specifically ‘dope’ — and, remind yourself, who was the supplier? No longer a child in the streets, Birdman was arrested again in 2007 for getting caught with a pound of marijuana. Now, while marijuana is not one of the lethal substances that ran through the systems of his label’s artists, it’s not hard to infer that if his people were strung out on opiates, and both he and his step-brother were dealers, one of them was handing the drugs out.
Drug-related services were not the only amenities Birdman possessed. Birdman also provided sexual services, blurring the lines between boss, friend, father-figure, partner, and sex abuser. While what Birdman has actually done is hazy, as well as shushed and shunned, there are many accusations from a plethora of victims/by-standers all pointing fingers at Birdman. Lil Wayne is very open about his past with sexual abuse — he claims to have been molested by Birdman, and not only does Wayne have no shame about it, he seems content and pleased with the idea of being raped by him. Birdman has been reprimanded by the public for ordering strippers to engage in sexual activities with an underage Lil Wayne and Lil Twist, but these are not the worst accusations. Birdman is also known quietly for having ‘suspect’ relationships with a few others — Lil Wayne and B.G. are the two known to have fallen victim to his fetishes and covets, while Lil Chuckee stepped forward years ago detailing his experience with being molested by him. All underage artists on the label — other than Juvenile, who was described as more “mature” by Turk — were kissed, touched, and teased/harassed by Birdman and groups of men who either partook in the harassment or watched/ordered them to expose genitalia and/or engage in sexual activities with prostitutes or other minors.
Birdman is even more famous for his dabbling in corrupt arrangements and fishy/shady business tactics and activities. When thinking of Birdman, most people are reminded of the greedy deals he has made with Cash Money artists, called “360-deals,” with major labels invested in them, essentially allowing the artist only to small portions of revenue from their work. Birdman trapped many of his artists into deceptive contracts and deals, many often vying to escape. Lil Wayne, for example, is an example of an artist who has been artistically/financially limited, as Birdman has rejected the release of Wayne’s long-awaited album “The Carter 5”. Wayne is now unable to release music and stuck under the fine print of cheating documents. Yet, whether artists were captured in shoulder-wide, elbow-bound contracts or not, Birdman found a way to bend what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ most often by refusing to pay what is due. Primary frustrations of artists on the label are invigorated over millions of dollars in unpaid royalties or unrecovered earnings, with payments often ‘lost in the mail.’
But Birdman has also slipped around legal situations other than matters pertaining to his record label: Aside from being sued for copyright infringement after not paying royalties for samples, Birdman and Slim ran a faux, nonexistent company called “Bronald Oil and Gas, LLC.” This company was said to be involved in oil and gas exploration and extraction, yet official regulators of oil and gas permits and oversight claimed to have never heard of the company. In addition, not only was the Bloomberg snapshot of private transactions empty, all other data pertaining to the company was missing or unavailable, while the company website itself provided scant details and little information. Phone numbers listed for contact to the company were functionally unable to reach, and the address listed for Bronald’s sites with Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission was the address of a condominium in Florida, while the Louisiana Secretary of State listed another New Orleans residence as a site of operation. In fact, not only did the sites not exist physically, the company wasn’t even legitimate on paper — neither the Ronald officers nor the company had ever been registered, and not even the major energy suppliers in areas of operation had heard of the company. Birdman confirmed talk of making deals worth $100 million, but the company had no net worth or transaction history. The only evidence that it existed was a makeshift website and a tattoo of the logo on Birdman’s forehead, later covered up when he abandoned the business.
Now, what would he achieve from lying about an oil business? There is no definitive answer. But with years of being a supplier and a brother of a kingpin, it is easy to imagine hired accountants working around the clock to shift around Birdman’s not-so-legal assets. And not only accountants: Birdman seems to have a strong legal team and public relations team, because, coincidence or not, most of the sources that originally reported on Birdman’s fraudulent activities have since withdrawn their statements and deleted their sites, as evinced from any defunct links in the works cited below. This would not be the first time Birdman manipulated a corrupt system to carry out his wants and needs. Birdman was never tied to any murder cases, even those as recent as one month ago, because of Louisiana’s “60 Day murder rule” (banished in 2011), a likely forged certificate of diplomatic immunity, an informant that is his step-brother, shady connections with local officials and gangs, and an authoritarian-like dominance and reign of threats & deterrents that keep him from being reprimanded.
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