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|The Big Tymers|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, Southern rap|
|Labels||Cash Money Records, Republic Records|
|Associated acts||The Hot Boys, B.G., Juvenile, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly|
The Big Tymers (stylized as The Big Tymer$) was an American rap duo that was active from 1996 to 2003 from New Orleans, Louisiana. The Big Tymers consisted of Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman (then known as Baby) and former Cash Money in-house producer Mannie Fresh. Baby later changed his stage name to Birdman after the duo was dissolved. The Big Tymers released their debut album in 1997 titled How You Luv That, and a re-release version of their debut album, How You Luv That Vol. 2 which gave them an abundant amount of publicity afterwards. They recorded their first platinum-selling album in 2000 titled I Got That Work. The lead single from I Got That Work, "Number One Stunna" peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. The group released its most successful album in 2002 titled Hood Rich. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and spawned a major hit in "Still Fly" which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in 2002, Mannie Fresh resigned from Cash Money Records because of financial dispute with Birdman, and his brother Slim. The group later reunited again in 2003 for their final album titled Big Money Heavyweight. During an appearance on MTV RapFix, Lil Wayne announced that there will be a Big Tymers album featuring Birdman, himself, and Drake. Birdman stated that Mannie Fresh will not be a part of the project. The project is now unlikely to happen, due to the fading relationship between Birdman and Lil Wayne.
The duo recorded their first album How You Luv That in 1997 featuring all of the rappers on Cash Money Records including B.G. and Juvenile. How You Luv That reached a peak of No. 25 of the R&B/hip hop chart and the lower reaches of the Billboard 200. The remixed version How You Luv That Vol. 2 almost reached the top 100 of the Billboard album chart and reached the top 20 of the Billboard R&B and hip hop chart.
Their second album I Got That Work released in 2000 reached the top 5 of the US album chart and topped the US R&B/hip hop chart. This album spawned two big hits in "Get Your Roll On" and "#1 Stunna" reaching the top 30 on the R&B singles charts.
Hood Rich released in 2002 topped both the US album and R&B charts. "Still Fly" from the album reached the top 20 on the R&B singles charts and No. 11 on the pop charts. "Oh Yeah" reached the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 30 of the R&B/hip hop charts.
Big Money Heavyweight in 2003 was not as successful reaching No. 21 on the album charts and top ten in the R&B charts. A remix album made the lower reaches of the R&B/hip hop charts in 2004. "Gangsta Girl" from the album made the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 of the R&B charts.
As of May 2013, Birdman, Lil Wayne and Drake have been in talks of restarting the group with an upcoming album, while original member Mannie Fresh would not be included. While doing promotion for the Rich Gang, Birdman indicated that a Big Tymers single would be released in Fall of 2013 with a possibility that Mannie Fresh may also be involved with the album.
- 2000: Baller Blockin'
- 1997: How You Luv That
- 1998: How You Luv That Vol. 2
- 2000: I Got That Work
- 2002: Hood Rich
- 2003: Big Money Heavyweight
- Birchmeier, Jason "Big Tymers Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-06-04
- Hess, Mickey (2009) Hip Hop in America: a Regional Guide: East Coast and West Coast: 1, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-313-34323-0, p. 535
- "Birdman Says Mannie Fresh Will Not Be On New Big Tymers Music". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "MTV Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows - MTV". Retrieved 1 June 2016.