Berner (rapper)

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Birth nameGilbert Milam Jr.
Also known asBerner
Born (1983-10-27) October 27, 1983 (age 35)
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, entrepreneur
Years active2007–present
LabelsTaylor Gang Records, Bern One Entertainment
Associated acts

Gilbert Milam Jr (born October 27, 1983), better known by his stage name Berner, is an American rapper and entrepreneur from San Francisco, California. Since 2012, he is a touring recording artist signed to Taylor Gang, the label run by Wiz Khalifa. Berner has released 16 albums, several of which have charted on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart. Berner has also become a fashion and marijuana industry entrepreneur becoming a Co-Owner Of The National Cannabis Cup with his own medical marijuana dispensaries, Cookies SF, Collective Efforts, and H2C Cookies 707; he also owns two lifestyle clothing companies: FreshKo and Cookies. He also runs a line of "hemp water" named Hemp20, produces the Marijuana Mania TV series.

Early life[edit]

A Sunset District native, Berner attended Galileo High before dropping out. His mother was an office worker and his father was a chef at a Mexican restaurant on Fillmore Street.[1] When Berner was 13, the family moved to Arizona, where his father planned to open a restaurant. During high school, Berner began battle rapping and in 2006 he released his first mixtape, Dirty Sneakers.[1][2] Berner previously worked as a bartender and later as budtender.[2][3]

Musical career[edit]

Berner ran into The Jacka, and after praising his music, he handed Jacka some weed, Jacka returned the favor by giving him his number. In 2008 they recorded Drought Season together.[2] Two years later, Berner received a call from Mistah F.A.B. on behalf of Wiz Khalifa, asking if he could get some weed for him. After this experience, they became friends and Wiz started rapping about "Cookies" on stage. Soon afterward Berner convinced Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa to appear in a music video for Yoko, another single of his.[2]

After forming his own label, Bern One Entertainment in 2007, Berner soon after released his debut album, Track Money & Pack Money, with Equipto. His first solo album, Weekend at Bernie’s arrived in 2009, along with four other albums.[4]

During March 2012 Berner signed to Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records. Urban Farmer, Berner’s first collection to be released on Taylor Gang Records, was released on October 2, 2012. In 2013, Berner embarked performed on the "Under the Influence of Music Tour" alongside Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$ and Joey Bada$$. In 2015, Berner released Contraband, a collaborative album with Cam’ron, as well as Drought Season 3 with deceased rapper The Jacka. In 2016, Berner released the solo album Hempire, also producing a 4/20 show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with a lineup that included Cypress Hill, Juicy J, Dizzy Wright, J Boog, Kool John, and Berner.[4][5]

Urban Farmer, another of Berner's albums, features Iamsu! from The HBK Gang on two tracks; and the Jacka, Rydah J. Klyde and San Quinn on 21 Gunz.[2]

Berner's single, 20 Lights reached #95 in Billboard's 200 chart. It was released on January 6, 2015. "Best Thang Smokin" is the lead single in Berner's album Hempire, released April 1, 2016.[6] Several other songs of his have charted on Billboard.[7] Although on Taylor Gang Records he is not signed to Atlantic Records.

Business career[edit]

Berner ran a cannabis club from age 18 to 25; after meeting Wiz Khalifa, the latter heard Berner's release with Equipto, and signed him under the Taylor Gang.[2] Berner has two lifestyle clothing lines, FreshKo and Cookies.[2]

Berner opened a clothing and lifestyle store in San Francisco called "Cookies", selling items such as lunch bags, duffle bags and "smell proof" backpacks. He is associated with the "Cookie Family" of marijuana geneticists, who produce strains common in California, such as "Girl Scout Cookies" and "Sunset Sherbet".[8][9][10]

In response to the widespread social media crackdown of accounts dedicated to marijuana, Berner and Weedmaps have partnered to launch an "Instagram of Marijuana" on Berner serves as its Executive Director and brand ambassador. Responding to the closure of his Instagram account, he stated: "I was fortunate enough to get my account back but many other community members have not been so will unite and bring our people together".[11]

Weedmaps co-founder and CEO, Justin Hartfield commented: "[Berner] is deeply passionate about marijuana legalization".[11]

Berner is also launching two apps (one of which is in distribution negotiations with Universal), he is filming the Marijuana Mania video series (also a marijuana strain), and sells organic vitamin water, Hemp 20 (hempseed-infused);[12][13] he also owns stakes in companies such as manufacturer California's Finest. His marketing projects gross over $10 million annually.[14][15]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2007 - Dirty Sneakers...Plenty of Ways to Get It[4][16]
  • 2009 - Weekend at Bernie’s - #90 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • 2011 - The White Album - #71 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #32 Top Heatseekers
  • 2012 - Urban Farmer
  • 2013 - Drugstore Cowboy
  • 2015 - 20 Lights (EP) - #19 Digital Albums, #10 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #6 Top Rap Albums, #4 Independent Albums
  • 2016 - Hempire - #6 Independent Albums, #6 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #6 Digital Albums, #4 Top Rap Albums
  • 2016 - Packs - #30 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #26 Independent Albums, #17 Top Rap Albums
  • 2017 - Sleepwalking - #50 Independent Albums
  • 2018 - The Big Pescado
  • 2018 - RICO
  • 2018 - 11/11
  • 2019 - El Chivo

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • 2007 - Track Money and Pack Money (with Equipto)[4][16]
  • 2008 - Drought Season (with The Jacka) - #55 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #25 Top Rap Albums
  • 2009 - Drought Season 2 (with the Jacka) - #66 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • 2009 - Blow (with Messy Marv) - #87 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #31 Top Heatseekers
  • 2009 - Traffic (with Ampichino) - #69 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • 2010 - Traffic 2: Trains Planes & Automobiles (with Ampichino)
  • 2010 - Blow (Blocks and Boat Docks) (with Messy Marv) - #16 Top Heatseekers
  • 2012 - Border Wars (with The Jacka)
  • 2013 - Cookies & Cream (with San Quinn)
  • 2014 - Prohibition (with B-Real) - #43 Independent Albums, #28 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #14 Top Rap Albums, #6 Top Heatseekers
  • 2015 - Drought Season 3 (with The Jacka) - #21 Independent Albums, #12 Top Rap Albums
  • 2015 - Harvest Season (with Liqz)
  • 2015 - Prohibition Part 2 (with B-Real) - #20 Independent Albums, #20 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #16 Top Rap Albums
  • 2015 - Contraband EP (with Cam’ron) - #39 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • 2016 - Prohibition Part 3 (with B-Real) - #17 Independent Albums, #13 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #12 Top Rap Albums
  • 2016 - Public Enemies (with Lil Evil and Aftah Sum)
  • 2016 - Guilty by Association 2: Criminal Enterprise (with Rich Rocker and San Quinn)
  • 2017 - Vibes (with Styles P) - #33 Independent Albums
  • 2017 - Tracking Numbers EP (with Young Dolph)
  • 2019 - Slimey Individualz (with Mozzy)


  • 2010 - The Best of Goldtoes & Berner
  • 2014 - Dirty Money - Compilation, Vol. 1
  • 2017 - Dirty Money, Compilation Vol. 2



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