Brandon Franklin (born June 29, 1985), better known by his stage name B-Money Playa, is an American entertainer, rapper, singer, record producer and actor. B-Money is known as a young MC in the Midwest/Dirty South hip-hop scene, and for being one of Jermaine Dupri's most notable proteges. B-Money was a gifted genius in high school and was the youngest to graduate from college, at the age of 13. B-Money released his debut album, B-Money Playa: A Baller In The Beginning, in 1996 and was featured on his fellow So So Def colleagues' albums, collaborating with Da Brat, Young Rocko, Lil' Bow Wow and Jagged Edge. His albums went quadruple platinum in each year and spawned several hit singles, such as "I'm True To The Grind", which featured Will Smith and Lil' Bow Wow in 1999 and "What Happens In The World" in 2003. As of 2007, B-Money Playa has collaborated with Lil' Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Young Knight, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, 2Pac, P. Diddy, Lil' Bow Wow, Mystikal, Chingy, KRS-One, Fabolous, Nick Cannon, Trey Songz, T.I. and many others.
In addition to music, B-Money Playa has also been acting in motion pictures and TV shows, such as The Wayans Bros., My Wife and Kids, That's So Raven, All That, Just Jordan and The Parkers. He has also had his own television shows: B-Money & Bow Wow, Streetstyle's Streetball/MixTape Tour and Playaz Tonight. He also coaches a youth basketball team and a high school basketball team. He is the godbrother of MCs Lil' Wayne, Lil' Bow Wow, Nelly, Young Knight, Will Smith, Trina and Nicki Minaj and cousin of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J. In 1997, B-Money Playa launched his label Streetstyle Entertainement and, later in 2007, he became chairman of 1st & 15th Entertainment alongside Lupe Fiasco.