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 |  Feb 09 2012, 2:00 PM

Defining the one percent is messy math business that we’re far from doing, but maybe you can reach this stellar status by demonstrating your wealth through gifts.

If that is the case, hip hop entertainer Birdman certainly made the cut in the video below where he gave away a Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Mulsanne — along with a second Bentley that he kept for himself.

If you aren’t up to date on the world of ultra-luxury cars, here’s a quick rundown.

The Bentley Mulsanne launched in 2010 and is the company’s sedan, sporting a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 making 505 horsepower and 753 fl-lbs of torque. You can choose to enjoy that power behind the wheel, though at the $290,000 starting price some people may prefer just to pay a chauffeur. Little Wayne got the Mulsanne, while Birdman’s brother and business partner Ronald “Slim” Williams walked away the happy new owner of a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The Ghost starts at $380,000, and packs 563 horsepower and 575 ft-lbs of torque. Realistically, people buying these cars aren’t all that concerned with the power specs. Badges and emblems emblazoned on the body and throughout the vehicle mean more to status symbols than big power numbers. The interiors ain’t bad either.

Either car offers a splendid example of what it feels like to swim in fine leather and rich wood. Ferris Beuller said it best, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.” Of course in that movie he’s referring to a Ferrari 250 GT California, but the words still ring true.

If you’ve been scratching your head over these names, this “Lil Wayne”, Ronald “Slim” Williams and a grown man who walks around calling himself “Birdman”, you probably don’t have a taste for rap music.

The three men referred to above are responsible for Cash Money Records, the label behind some of today’s pop icons like Drake, Nicki Minaj, T-Pain and among others, the predator look-a-like himself: Lil Wayne. Know then or not, the first guy in the video is Birdman and these cars cost him a total of well over $1 million so he must be doing something right.

You can watch the video below.

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 |  Aug 19 2011, 4:56 PM

Despite being the only example in the world, the Maybach Exelero has been around the block a few times. First concieved as a concept car for Fulda Tires (who wanted to use the vehicle for tire testing), the Exelero then appeared in a Jay-Z video.

Since then, it has fallen into the hands of a private owner and stayed out of the hip-hop limelight, until earlier in the year when hip-hop mogul Birdman (aka Bryan Williams), responsible for launching the careers of music stars like Lil’ Wayne and Drake, claimed to have purchased the car.

According to a report by MotorAuthority, Birdman has yet to pay for the car, leaving its current owner high and dry. Birdman currently owns a rare Maybach Landaulet and a Bugatti Veyron, so the Exelero’s asking price of $8 million, while steep, isn’t too far removed from Birdman’s snack bracket.

Nevertheless, not paying up is still considered bad form, and we won’t really know until we see Birdman bragging about his newest acquisition online or in one of his videos.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 |  Jan 17 2011, 5:35 PM

Rapper and music impresario Birdman is the finest example of the American dream – even someone of questionable literacy can become rich enough to afford a Bugatti Veyron thanks to hard work and capitalize on certain “market inefficiencies” when distributing products that are only available at your local street-corner pharmacy.

Despite Birdman’s love of premium products, the Bugatti Veyron was at one time the domain of only the most obnoxiously wealthy, counting Arab oil shieks, inherited wealth and Simon Cowell as its owners. Bugatti’s CEO even remarked that he did not want rappers to purchase the Veyron, but his plans to control who owns a Veyron have gone awry. Birdman made a video over the summer showing him taking delivery of his Bugatti, decked out in Birdman’s signature all-red colorway, a nod to his supposed affiliation with the Bloods street gang.

Now Birdman has a new single, imaginatively titled “Fire Flame”. The plot is rather de rigueur for the genre, with Birdman rapping outside an awful faux-French Chateau  (dubbed “Stunna Island”), getting his head shaved with a straight razor, literally burning money, sipping Cristal, meeting with Korean and Cuban organized crime figures and most importantly, squiring a legion of breast-implant equipped models in his famous Veyron, with a Louisiana vanity plate bearing the word “Fire” on it.

Once the proletariat are able to obtain a luxury good, it is arguably a commodity, and nobody is more sensitive to that than the people charged with selling Bugattis. We can’t wait to see what they have planned next to ensure this never happens again.

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 |  Aug 11 2010, 1:50 PM

Birdman, sometime rapper and full time president of the appropriately named Cash Money Records (the record label and home to superstar rappers like Drake, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow and Nicki Minaj) recently celebrated his staggering wealth by taking delivery of a $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron at a Dade County low-income housing area.

Birdman, who is known for his love of red cars due to his self-proclaimed affiliations with the Bloods, ordered his Veyron in a predictable red-on-red color scheme with a special red key. Birdman arrived for the delivery wearing an entirely red outfit, and unleashed a string of unintelligible profanities boasting of the superiority of his record labels, his automobile collection, the color red and his status as a wealthy African-American entrepreneur.

If you have an interest in hip-hop, this video is a must see, if only to listen to Birdman’s incoherent babbling as he finally reaches the much lauded “baller status”. Rapper Lil Wayne is also known to have a silver Bugatti, and the close relationship between Birdman and Lil’ Wayne will no doubt be strengthened by their acquisition of these fine automobiles.

[Source: Nah Right]

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