Birdman - 5 * Stunna

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ive Star Stunna will satisfy those who look for little more than something that "bumps in the ride" but those looking for a complete Hip Hop album will be left looking for another 5 Star General for their iPods or stereos.

The story of Brian "Birdman" Williams' ascent to the
top of the rap game will go down in history. With the assistance of his brother
and now household names Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Turk,
and former in house producer Mannie Fresh, Williams showed the
world why "Cash Money is an army." After selling hundreds of thousands
of albums independently, The Williams brothers negotiated a $30 million
dollar deal with Universal and haven't looked back. The relationship
introduced Birdman and company to the world, proving that New Orleans
had more to offer the game than No Limit. The word "bling"--coined by the
collective--found its way to standard dictionaries, and Birdman
solidified his position as the Number One Stunna.

When internal problems threatened to derail Cash Money
, Birdman--with a hell of an assist from his "son", Lil
--put the label on their shoulders and forged on. In 2002, Birdman--then
known as Baby--released his debut solo album, Birdman (whose breakout
hit, What Happened to that Boy? features Wayne's current rivals, The
). He followed that up with 2005's Fast Money. With a
collaboration album with Weezy F. Baby under his belt, Birdman
returns with his third solo effort, 5 Star Stunna.

5 Star Stunna is propelled by its Lil Wayne
assisted single, Pop Bottles. Fueled by a slow, but high energy beat, Birdman
reminds us that he's "lost too many friends, but won too many bets." Weezy
steals the show on this track, which is sure to keep the clubs popping
bottles and players popping models well into the new year.

Unfortunately, business savvy does not always translate to
hits in the booth, with Birdman sounding like the new millennium Master
. The album comes in at a hefty 22 tracks (3 skits, intro/outro, 2 bonus
tracks), which at times weigh down the disc. Despite Stunna's solid
production, a lyricist Birdman is not, a fact