Big Tymer$ to Reunite at the House Of Blues

16:08 August 31, 2016
By: Anthony O'Donnell

Cash Money Records founder Bryan Williams (aka Birdman or Baby) will reunite with producer and rapper Mannie Fresh at the House of Blues on October 7. Their group, Big Tymer$, was previously active from 1995-2005, and dropped hits including “Get Your Roll On,” “#1 Stunna,” and “Oh Yeah.” The reunion marks the first time the duo has performed together since 2005, when Fresh left the label, reportedly due to disputes over money.

Williams has been a major player in the rap game since 1991 when he founded the label alongside his brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams. When starting the label, he told friends that he was hoping the music industry was a way out of poverty and project living. Williams was correct, and the name he chose for his label was appropriate: Cash Money is currently worth $300 million and has been a home to platinum recording artists that include Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj.

Cash Money replaced Master P's No Limit Records as New Orleans' most powerful homegrown rap label and has maintained its success since its big break in 1998 when the success of their group the Hot Boys (featuring BG, Lil' Wayne, Turk, and Juvenile) caught the attention of Universal Records. Cash Money signed a $30 million dollar deal with Universal while maintaining creative control over their music. While the Hot Boys eventually broke up, Juvenile and Lil Wayne went on to have successful solo careers; Lil' Wayne's solo debut was certified platinum, and almost 9 years later, his sixth album The Carter III sold over a million copies in one week, proving Cash Money was still a force to be reckoned with. Lil' Wayne has since fallen out with Williams over money issues, but the label remains a powerhouse: Drake's most recent offering, Views, debuted at number one and has sold over 1.3 million copies.

Mannie Fresh, real name Byron O. Thomas, linked with Williams in 1993, and became Cash Money's in-house producer. In doing so, he pioneered the sound of Southern rap, producing almost all of the Hot Boys' music and working on tracks for almost all of the other artists on the label. Thomas churned out beat after beat, and continues to do so to this day – this year, he worked on Lil' Wayne's collaborative album with 2 Chainz, Collegrove. His innovative use of the TR-808 drum machine, combined with keyboard patches that replicated flutes and string instruments, brought musicality to a genre that was growing stagnant and influenced today's hottest producers, including Metro Boomin' and Mike Will.

Mannie Fresh came into his own as a rapper after forming Big Tymer$ with Williams, and both produced and featured on Lil' Wayne's smash hit “Go DJ” in 2004. Big Tymer$ released five albums together, before Thomas left to sign with Def Jam records, amid rumors of financial disputes, which have plagued the label since the early 2000's.

The reunion is good news for fans of New Orleans rap. It indicates that years of strife within Cash Money may finally be coming to an end. There's a strong chance that other artists from the label will appear as opening acts and special guests. Tickets for the concert go on sale September 2 and can be purchased HERE

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