Brian Williams Vs. Bryan Williams

What’s in a name? Most people who share the same name are usually named after a family member. Total chance is the other common reason. Take Brian Williams for example. It’s the name of Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly News anchor and also Bryan “Birdman” Williams, founder of Cash Money Records and XXL Magazine’s June cover subject. Despite sharing a surname, the two Brians couldn’t be more opposite from one another… or are they? XXL takes a look at the two BWs to see if there’s a connection beyond the name.— Piff Tannen

NAME: Brian Williams
AGE: 52
BORN: Elmira, New York
SIGN: Taurus
EDUCATION: Dropped out of George Washington University 18 credits short of graduating.
OCCUPATION: News anchor and for NBC Nightly News.
CLAIM TO FAME: After working in radio for years, earning his stripes as a White House correspondent in the mid 1990s and anchoring The News with Brian Williams for MSNBC, Williams became an anchor of NBC Nightly News alongside Tom Brokaw.
INCOME: Williams makes $10 million annually according to Business Insider. His net worth is unknown.
FRIENDS: Dale Earnhardt
TATTOOS: None… unless there’s something underneath those suits and ties.
LONGEVITY: Williams has been working in the media for 30 years and currently stands as the longest running news anchor following the retirement of Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and the death of Peter Jennings.

NAME: Bryan Williams
AGE: 42
BORN: New Orleans, Louisiana
SIGN: Aquarius
EDUCATION: Birdman was only 20 years old when he founded Cash Money. Based on our calculations, it’s unlikely that he graduate from college.
OCCUPATION: Founder and CEO of Cash Money Records, game spitter, YMCMB anchor.
CLAIM TO FAME: Cash Money’s independent grind lead to the imprint signing a $30 million pressing and distribution deal with Universal in 1998.
FAVORITE PASSTIME: Making money, stunnin’.
INCOME: Birdman has been making $4, $5 million annually for the past 22 years according to XXL’s June cover story. To let him tell it, his net worth is more than the $100 million Forbes Magazine reported.
FRIENDS: Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, etc, etc…
TATTOOS: Birdman has an endless number of tats, including one of Wayne on the right side of his chest, tear drops and large red stars on his head.
LONGEVITY: Stunna has been in the music industry for 22 years and is presently one of the last hip-hop moguls with peers like Irv Gotti, Master P and Suge Knight missing in action.

THE CONNECTION: A year into his post at NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams emerged as the program’s main anchor with his reporting of the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, which particularly ravaged New Orleans. Birdman, who was born-and-raised in the Big Easy, lost property and cars during the hurricane.

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  • Done With This Site!

    WHO CARES?! I’m officially done with XXl Mag the website and the comicbook looking monthly issues of your mag….This is non sense!


    who gives a flyin fuck fo real?

  • use ur head

    if u hate the articles don’t read them maybe it is a little stupid but then why read it and then comment on it

    • zack

      THANK U! 4 real…ya’ll obviously show sum interest if ur gonna take the time 2 not only read the article, but leave a comment as well!! STOP HATIN OR STOP READIN! JS!!

      • SteezA

        Are you stupid? That was the most mindless irrelevant article ever. And I would bet both of their (^) fortunes that I’m not to far off in saying that. Did you even read the article? If you did, and you don’t think that was mindless, cut your package off because you don’t deserve to reproduce. Harsh? Yeah. You’re that stupid.

  • bernie

    that really was a wack article tho…they gassed u like they had some real history together and then left u with that bull ass connection piece at the end

  • ms_spittuh

    Shit i thought they actually had some shit in common the way the article was talking lol

  • JugularKill

    Simple things excite simple minds….Who gives a fuck if they share the same name….we’re not 8yrs old.
    If I was an XXL editor I would:
    focus on New international acts all over the world, (there are many you don’t cover)
    I would have a gossip section for bitches, gossip makes good money…TMZ & prez hilton $$$$
    Keep up with the fashion world and who’s sporting what. hip hop clothing lines & hip hop businesses e.g. clubs etc
    Real interviews with cameras, interviews we can actually watch. With quirky questions asked by young ppl not 45yr olds.
    Employ some younger people…that’s your problem you need young fresh blood…coz the shit y’all doing is pathetic.
    And if you already have young ppl then u need to fire their ass and get some intelligent people who are serious about journalism & editing.
    Get inspiration of layout, and content presenting from “Wire” magazine…
    I’m serious I#m trying to help you all out here XXL!

    • SteezA


    • killa

      fucking agree to the fullest… they need a whole new staff


    THIS ARTICLE WAS FUCKING RETARDED HAHAHAHAHAH Seriously tho, I read it. It fucking sucks. The motherfucker that wrote this piece of shit and thought it would actually get some pos feedback must have the brain of a +50. BORING & WACK, NEXT !

  • Brian

    This was a horrible article. Their only connection is that they’re rich and happen to have had something to do with New Orleans.

    Plus their names are spelled differently, so they don’t even have that in common. Poorly written XXL.

    On another note, did not know that Birdman’s middle name is Beatrice heh.

  • DNN

    So much for the Brians. And life goes on!

  • Gino

    Who cares.I can use a job.

  • bnice

    So wait… the connection is one reported about NO and the other is from NO? Really? SMH