From 1997 to the early 200o’s the rap duo of Birdman and Mannie Fresh out of New Orleans called “Big Tymers” was one of the hottest groups out there. They helped launch Cash Money Records into the mainstream.
And now, Cash Money is looking to bring back the Big Tymers but with a different twist. Mannie Fresh would be excluded from the relaunch of the group and Young Money superstars Lil Wayne and Drake would be added instead.
It started in May when former MTV VJ Sway asked about new Big Tymers Music and Birdman responded, ”Wayne, me and Drake.” When asked if Mannie Fresh would be a part of the group Birdman simply said no.
That trio aren’t strangers to one another and have been putting music out featuring one another for some time. In reality this isn’t much different from what we currently see come out of the YMCMB camp. They all feature one another regularly, now it would just be an album of collaborations under the name “Big Tymers.”
I personally think that they should rebrand the trio as something separate then Big Tymers, or simply as YMCMB would suffice. And I have another question.
Why is Nicki Minaj not added into the mix?
Minaj is certainly more talented than Birdman, a majority of his success has come of features from Lil Wayne and other rappers. Lil Wayne and Birdman have teamed up before to release a collaboration album called Like Father, Like Son similar to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaboration, Watch the Throne. There was even an entire Young Money roster album called We Are Young Money, that had several hits including “Bedrock” and “Steady Mobbin’.”
They didn’t release that album under a name, just as “Birdman & Lil Wayne.” Adding Nicki Minaj would make a rap group stand out by having a female presence., not to mention capitalizing on her market of fans as well. Her versatility as a rapper and singer would certainly be useful as well in hooks and choruses as well as verses.