Berner is an American rapper and entrepreneur. Berner is best known for his albums “Urban Farmer”, “Hempire”, “El Chivo”, and “La Plaza” among numerous other albums. Similarly, he is also a creator of multiple companies including “Cookies” and he is also heavily active in the California-based cannabis trade market.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Berner’s birth name is Gilbert Anthony Milam Jr. but he is better known by his stage name. He was born on 27 October 1981. His age is 39 years old and a native of Sunset District and his father was a chef at a Mexican restaurant on Fillmore Street while his mother was an office worker.
Talking about his educational journey, he attended Galileo Academy of Science and Technology but later dropped out. When he was 13, his family moved to Arizona and there his father planned to open a restaurant. During high school, he began battle rapping and in 2006 he released his first mixtape, Dirty Sneakers.
He ran a marijuana club between the ages of 18 and 25. Then he also opened several marijuana dispensaries and began producing a TV series called Marijuana Mania.
Career and Professional Life
Berner is an American rapper and entrepreneur. He signed with Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Entertainment. As of 2019, he has released 16 albums and several of them have charted on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart. In addition to his solo work, he is also a prolific collaborator. He has issued over a dozen collaborations with the likes of the Jacka, B-Real, Cam’ron, Styles P, Young Dolph, and Mozzy.
As an entrepreneur, he is credited with the creation of multiple companies like Cookies and he is very active in the California-based cannabis trade market. A vocal proponent of marijuana, he also owns a shop selling associated clothing and lifestyle accessory items.
Career in Music
He began rapping while he was still in high school in the mid-2000s. It wasn’t long before he self-produced and released his debut mixtape, Dirty Sneakers…Plenty of Ways to Get It, in the year 2007. After forming his own label, Bern One Entertainment the same year, he released his debut album titled Track Money & Pack Money, with Equipto. His first solo album is Weekend at Bernie’s and it was released in the year 2009, along with four other albums.
Additionally, he has worked hard to become one of the Bay Area greats, alongside the likes of E-40, Mac Dre, and Too $hort. With his latest album, La Plaza dropping on 11 November 2019, he stays busy and relevant in the industry. He is also constantly venturing into new territory with his music and he has an impressive list of artist collaborations on his resume along with production giants like Scott Storch, RZA and Cozmo.
Similarly, in March of 2012, he signed to Wiz Khalifa’s label Taylor Gang Records. Urban Farmer is his first collection released via Taylor Gang Records and it was released on 2 October 2012. Further, in the year 2013, he embarked on his performance on the “Under the Influence of Music Tour” alongside other artists like Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$, and Joey Bada$$.
Likewise, in 2015, he released Contraband, which is a collaborative album with Cam’ron. The same year, he also released Drought Season 3 with deceased rapper The Jacka. Then in 2016, he released the solo album Hempire, also producing a 4/20 show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with a lineup including Cypress Hill, Juicy J, Dizzy Wright, J Boog, Kool John, and he himself.
Additionally, his album Urban Farmer features Iamsu! from The HBK Gang. Iamsu! and he collaborated on two tracks and with the Jacka, Rydah J. Klyde and San Quinn on 21 Gunz. His single, 20 Lights reached #95 in Billboard’s 200 charts and he released it on 6 January 2015. “Best Thang Smokin” is the lead single in his album Hempire, which was released on 1st April 2016.
Then on 4 May 2019, he released a new album with one song featuring T3R Elemento star Kris Nava called El Chivo. The album also included the single “Wassup” featuring Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods. Moreover, another single by him titled “Best Thang Smokin” also featured Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and B-Real.
Throughout his career, he has also collaborated with several fellow rappers. To name a few, they are B-Real (the Prohibition trilogy), Cam’ron (Contraband), Styles P (Vibes), Young Dolph (Tracking Numbers), and Mozzy (Slimey Individualz).
Moreover, the rapper ran a cannabis club from age 18 to 25. After meeting Wiz Khalifa, he heard his release with Equipto and signed him under the Taylor Gang. Along with consistent musical output, Milam branched out to other business pursuits including fashion lines and even his own genetically engineered original strains of medical marijuana.
He also opened a clothing and lifestyle store in San Francisco called “Cookies“. There, he sells items such as lunch bags, duffle bags and “smell proof” backpacks. He is also associated with the “Cookie Family” of marijuana geneticists. It produces strains common in California like “Girl Scout Cookies” and “Sunset Sherbet”.
From his career as a rapper and an entrepreneur, Berner has earned a net worth estimation of $25 million dollars. His earnings as a rapper alone range from $21k to $208k and his Youtube channel also earns him at the range of $15.4k to $246.8k dollars. Moreover, the rapper also earns through Instagram posts that range at 5-digits figure. Apart from all these, he also earns through his clothing and Cannabis Trade Market business, as well as musical concerts.
American rapper Berner is a married man but he doesn’t share his wife’s name. He also hasn’t shared when the two tied the knot. Similarly, he is also a dad and has a daughter named Janelle. Nevertheless, the rapper occasionally shares adorable photographs with his wife and daughter on his official Instagram handle. Through his social media posts, he has also indicated that he is ready to have another child. Furthermore, the family also has two dogs.
Talking about the rapper’s body measurements, he stands tall at a height of 1.7 m or 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 70 kgs. Other than these, there is no information about his chest-waist-hip, biceps, dress size, shoe size, etc. Moreover, he has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color. He also has a few tattoos on his body.
Berner is active on various social media platforms. He joined Twitter in March 2009 and so far has 229.7k followers. Similarly, he has 1.4 million followers on Instagram with 17,273 posts as of August 2020. Moreover, his official Facebook page has earned 553.7k followers. He also has a self-titled Youtube channel with 592k subscribers. He created his channel on 18 March 2007 and so far has 368,053,710 views.
Suspension from Instagram
In 2018, Instagram suspended Berner’s account and the reason behind this was that he tried to promote his marijuana business hence violating Instagram’s Prohibition. Due to this, the rapper then hired a small team of developers and they developed an app Social Club. This app came out with the tagline “your zero-censorship community”. This app further charted at the 4th position after Tiktok, Youtube, and Instagram. However, Apple pulled out this app for its censorship issue.