At the peak of his career, Mannie Fresh comprised one-half of rap’s stunna tag team Big Tymers alongside Birdman. Now, with Baby and Lil Wayne hyping up a reunion project sans Fresh, the Nawlins MC is putting himself above it.
“I don’t bash Cash Money, Birdman, or none of them,” he told Sway on MTV’s RapFix via Skype Wednesday (May 15).
When asked what his thoughts were on tapping Young Money’s golden boy Drake and bossman Lil Wayne for the album, Fresh wasn’t feeling the connection.
“Honestly I think Drake is a great artist, I think Wayne is a great artist, but they not the Big Tymers,” he said. “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. You can call it whatever you want but you can’t call it a Big Tymers album.”
While details surrounding the Big Tymers’ fall-out are still shady, the “Stay Fly” spitter didn’t expect the hip-hop duo to blow up but early business practices just created roadblocks to their success.
“It could have been resolved but I’m too old to be making these songs, too wise to be taking shots,” he explains. “I have no problems with Cash Money or Williams brothers but I want what I deserve.”