Side Hustle: Bronald Oil and Gas
Cash Money is the motto of Byran “Birdman” Williams’ widely successful record label, and apparently, the New Orleans rapper stayed true to that sentiment in his oil side business. Like 50 Cent, Birdman looked to natural resources in 2010 when he and brother Ronald “Slim” Williams founded Bronald Oil and Gas, a venture that Baby commemorated with a tattoo on the side of his head. However, the project appears to have been short-lived, as an investigative report from Bloomberg revealed that official regulators in charge of oil and gas permits had never heard of Bronald. In addition, Bronald Oil and Gas’ website – which provided scant details on the venture – has since been deleted.
Still, Birdman indicated that his time in the oil business was lucrative. “I’ve been in the oil business about 4 or 5 years now,” he he told Ozone Magazine. “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…I’m making good money off that; that’s something for my kids and my kids’ kids. They can live off that money forever.”