The duo of Baby and
Mannie Fresh, collectively known as the Big Tymers, have been able to change clothes
and go. From white Ts and Reeboks, to throwback jerseys and Air Force 1s,
theyve kept it fresh to death amid the departure of three-fourths of the
Hot Boy$ and the arrival of out-of-towners to the Cash Money roster.
Now with the upcoming
release of their fifth album, Big Money Heavyweight, the twosome is taking
it back to where it all started: No outside production, no outside guest artists.
AllHipHop caught up with the Big Tymers to discuss
beef, business and lawsuits.
When you do the Big Tymers albums, it sticks to the script but its fresh
every timeno pun intended.
the whole purpose of it. We always say that it sticks to the script. Dont
expect no special ass sh*t, its gonna be a Tymers album.
AllHipHop.com: Baby, your solo album was a departure from the regular Cash Money
release since you worked with a lot of different producers and artists .
Mannie Fresh: Yeah,
that muf*cka [laughs]
Is the new Big Tymers going to be like that? Or are you taking it back?
Baby: Nah, Bird
Season, aint nobody producing on that but Fresh. Maybe R. Kelly gon
get one or two on that. But, me and Fresh bout to tie it up. I dont want
nobody else on that muf*cka.
R. Kelly is on the next single, right?
How did you link up with him? Cause yall doing the Best of Both World
Baby: It just happened,
At first when you signed Boo & Gotti .
the connection (with R. Kelly).
At first it looked like beef, like yall stole them or something, because
he was promoting them and everything.
Baby: Nah, it was
something he asked me to do. He got caught in a situation and was like I
dont want to hold them up and they fit yall. And right from
there a vibe grew and thats how the Best of Both Worlds sh*t started.
Fresh, are you going to be contributing to the Best of Both Worlds 2?
Do you have much input? Or does R. lead and you follow?
Fresh: I mean,
it was his project anyway. You know dude was like, give me a couple of
tracks. Songs that I gave him so farthey love.
And how many tracks are going to be on that album?
Baby: We doing
a double CD, dog. It should come out in February. Its a wrap. After that
Im not doing anymore group albumsstraight solo.
Fresh, are you putting out a solo album?
Fresh: f*ck no.
Baby: We gonna
do a group thing every now and then.
stand in the back and get 50 percent of his sh*t.
Yall got Juvenile back now, right?
got us back now.
What about Turk? He just had an album drop.
Fresh: I see Turk
all the time. We still cool.
You gonna buy his album?
Fresh: Yeah, Ima
check it out.
Baby, does BG still have a lawsuit against you?
Baby: Man, him
and a bunch of more muf*ckas got lawsuits.
The Wendy Day one still going on? (Day, founder of Rap Coalition claims she
helped broker the deal between Cash Money Records and Universal Records.)
Baby: Nah, thats
How did that go down? Because it seemed clear, she helped y all get the
deal and .
Baby: She didnt
help me, man. How the f*ck she gon help me?
Baby: That b*tch
aint been in the projects grindin, putting in no work with me. I
dont even know that woman.
Yall never met?
Baby: Maybe once
or twice, but she aint help me. She aint catch no bullets or spit
no fire out there.
She made it sound like she helped yall broker your deal.
man. Well then that means she had put in 7 years worth of work.
Baby, now that your going to be putting out solo albums, how does that affect
you handling day-to-day business?
better for me to do solo sh*t, because me and this group sh*t aint working
about to take that spot, dude. The day-to-day business.
do the solo sh*t and Ima give him half of my sh*t (ownership).
gon to be some cuts around this muf*cka [looks at entourage in the
room]. Yall better get everything yall can get.
Fresh, since you gonna start handling day-to-day business, when are we going
to see some of the other artists on the label? Like TQ, and do yall still
have Gilly (of Major Figgas)?
Fresh: Yeah, we
still have all them. We working on Gillys album right now. Its just
the Cash Money way. We just dont throw artists out; you know what Im
saying? You got to be here for a while
So when can we start expecting those albums to be released? Is it gonna be next
year? Or are they gonna fall back?
Fresh: It aint
that long. Probably next year. We really dont care about even though
it is a big issue. It aint about the sales. Its about the loyalty;
you know what Im saying?
Fresh, everyone recognizes you have a good sense of humor. What kind of stuff
do you do when youre not in the studio?
Fresh: I like comedy
sh*t like American Pie. Im about to go with Nick Cannon, man. [Points
toward flat screen TV in the room] Nick Cannon is SAFE, he dont want no
problems in life. All yall rappers shooting at each other and sh*t .
Nick Cannon is safe. Yall should get up and walk outta of this b*tch with
me right now. [Gets up and fakes toward the door]
Fresh, are you gonna be involved on the Teena Marie album?
Is that something that you and Jazze Pha going to work out?
were kind of going to let Teena do her thing. You know, however she calls
it then thats how it gon be. She knows better than anybody. So if
she wants something from me, Im doing it. But however she wants the tracks
to go thats how its going to go.
Have you laid anything down yet?
Fresh: Yeah, I
did a couple of songs for her.
How is it producing R&B? I know Cash Money had that one group Official.
Fresh: They pretty
much did they own songs. R&B is pretty much the same to me anyway. But when
it comes to Teena Mariethats R&B. You know right now, R&B
is just hip-hop music. But Teena Marie is true R&B.
So you dont want to do a compilation album at all? A lot of people feel
your beats, but you havent done much work outside of Cash Money, with
the exception of projects like Biggies Born Again.
Fresh: I might,
you know? If I do a compilation it has to be new cats. f*ck the established
dudes. Thats already done. Im trying to get some kids that want
to do something.
Do you have any say on the cats yall sign?
Fresh: I really
dont trip on that because thats not my job.
Well, with you moving to the business side is that something youre going
to look to do?
Fresh: Yeah, definitely.
Cause I know where the game is going.