In the most recent issue of Ozone, which is apparently about hip-hop and not global warming, Birdman took some time to talk about his unbelievably real oil company, which he apparently made $100 million on.
I heard the tattoo on your head represents an oil rig. Is it true you’re an aspiring oil tycoon?
I’ve been in the oil business about 4 or 5 years now. That’s something me and my brother decided to do outside of music. I read about oil a lot and I was able to get in business. [My company] is called Browner Oil, and I’m making good money off that; that’s something for my kids and my kids’ kids. They can live off that money forever.
Not to get in your pockets too much, but I heard you’ve made over $100 million off oil.
I did a few different deals. That was just one of them. When you’re dealing with oil, you buy in different areas. Right now I’m active; I got pumps and shit that are getting money monthly. I like that oil shit. I’m gonna put some more time into it.
“I’m gonna put some more time into it.” Classic Birdman. Dude just happens to have an oil company, and he might, if it doesn’t take up too much of his time, put more time into it.
But the real money quotes here are from this segment talking about Lil Wayne:
Why do you think people make such a big deal out of the relationship between you and Wayne?
I think it’s a symbolic situation for everybody, and it’s a family thing, you know, father and son. Maybe that’s it. Or maybe it’s the business and how successful we’ve been. I really don’t know why muthafuckers care so much, but I’ve bred him through it. We came up together and we did everything together. Maybe they just wish they had a father-son relationship like we’ve got. But [people’s opinions] don’t bother me. I been stop letting shit a nigga say out his mouth bother me. It’s the music industry, and people are gonna make good and bad statements about you. So I hear no evil, see no evil.
No, THIS is why we make a big deal out of your relationship. And for the fact that you like pretty much adopted him at 12 and turned him into your running buddy. But yeah, I’m jealous a record impresario didn’t adopt me. [Ozone]