I’m sure you’re all aware of the recent news that we’re getting a new Big Tymers album, but under much different circumstances. Big Tymers consisted of Birdman and Mannie Fresh; the dynamic duo hit the music scene in 1998 and received moderate success with their debut “How You Luv That” and went on to become rap staples with their follow up albums. The group unfortunately disbanded due to money issues, but news recently hit that the Big Tymers are being revived this time consisting of Birdman, Drake, and Lil’ Wayne. So how is it the most influential member of the team was shunned?
Upon hearing of Mannie Fresh being a guest DJ at Apt. 78, I wasn’t sure how the news would effect his set because after all, most of his classics stem from his days with Cash Money. But it’s clear after last night that a Big Tymers album just can’t happen without Fresh. Here’s five reasons why.
1) He Molded the Sound of The Group
Not only was Mannie a contributor to the group as a rapper, but what would hits like “Get Your Roll on” or “Still Fly” be without the infectious choruses, or production? Of course the revived group will probably have beats from some amazing producers, but it won’t be the initial sound we fell in love with.
2) The Mixture of Different Times
The age difference is apparent with Birdman in his 40’s, Wayne 30, and Drake in his mid 20’s, with the ladder probably knowing even less about the group’s history. It seems as though Drake is trying to channel those times he missed, as he’s recently been seen wearing his fair share of 90’s gear. But when asked about the new Big Tymers formation, Mannie said it best:
“It’s kinda like doing a Jackson 5 album with Boyz II Men. Two different eras, great artists, but Boyz II Men is not the Jackson 5,”
3) The Public is a bit Skeptical
After all these years, why now? Everyone seems to be asking that question these days. Seems as though Birdman is just trying to capitalize off an old team with some new players. Actually, I’d go as far as to say that’s exactly what he’s doing but it’s too obvious.
4) Birdman is Not a Tolerable Rapper
But we’ve always knew that right? Aligning himself with today’s superstar lyricist is going to make this stick out like a soar thumb. At least with Mannie they blended because he wasn’t a superb rapper himself. We’ve all dealt with Baby as a rapper as we tend to deal with most moguls on the mic, but this album could prove to be a catastrophe if he gets more mic time than necessary. While the original Big Tymers were a good packaged deal, this album instead puts two really good rappers that the public is going to buy the album for, with their less talented boss, and it’s a bit unfair. Almost like paying 300 dollars for a Jordan Package that has the sneakers you REALLY want, but you have to deal with the less flattering ones too.
5) Every Interview will be About Mannie Fresh
There’s just no escaping it actually. There’s no way that this project or this new reformed group are going to put forth this album and make the public forget about it’s past. You may think “Well Destiny’s Child did it,” and you’re right. But the difference with them is they didn’t axe their main contributor. All of their members were easily replaceable as they went on to prove.
Last night at Apt. 78 Mannie Fresh embraced his legacy with the group, and reminded us how much work he put in over the years. He did it all with a smile on his face, as we were turnt up to ignorant levels. As he spun “Still Fly” I noticed that he stared into the crowd as if we were helping him reminisce on those good times. His set was incredible, and every track he spun caused pandemonium. As I made my exit, I reached over and shook his hand to say thank you. But I was thanking him for broadening my music taste at such a young age. I embrace all music of today, and even when this new Big Tymers album surfaces, I’ll give it a try. But one thing is certain:
“You can call it whatever you want to call it, but you can’t call it a Big Tymers album,”