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Big Tymers Biography

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Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Years Active: 1998–2005
Genres: Hip Hop, Rap

The Big Tymers were an American rap duo that formed in in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1997, and parted ways in 2005. The duo consisted Baby, who co-founded Cash Money Records, and Mannie Fresh who worked as an in-house producer for Cash Money. The Big Tymers released their debut album, “How You Luv That” in 1998, which generated a lot of press for the duo due to the guest rappers appearing on the album: B.G. and Juvenile. In 2000 the duo followed up with, “I Got That Work,” which went platinum and spawned the hit single, “Number One Stunna,” which peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. The break that the duo was looking for came in 2002 with their third offering, “Hood Rich.” The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album chart and spawned the hit single, “Still Fly,” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The success of the album put the duo on the map in the hip-hop/rap and R&B world.

In 2002, Mannie Fresh resigned from Cash Money Records because of financial dispute with Baby; however they reunited for the 2003 album, “Big Money Heavyweight.” The album was not as commercially successful as their previous album, which lead to some in-house disagreements about the musical direction of the duo's music. In 2005, Mannie Fresh left Cash Money Records for a second, and final, time and signed with Def Jam Records, where he put out his solo debut, “The Mind of Mannie Fresh” in 2004. Baby, who had changed his name to Birdman, continued on as a solo artist, often collaborating with famed rapper Lil Wayne.