Years later, they're still fly.
“Gator booooots, with the pimped out Gucci suuuuuuits.” That’s what will forever come to my mind at least once when I think of the Big Tymers. Mannie Fresh and Bryan “Baby” Williams have been a dynamic duo since the 90s, and have become legends in our hometown and beyond. The duo hooked up in the streets of New Orleans, where bounce music ran heavy. Because of this, Cash Money Records became a rap label and would become be a staple in the New Orleans hip-hop circuit.
Mix together the genius of Mannie Fresh and the business mind of Slim and Baby, CMR quickly became one of the biggest record labelsâ€”now worth $300 million. The Big Tymers had massive hits during their reign from 1995 to 2005. We can never forget hits like, “Get your Roll On” and “Stay Fly.” But like all good things, they came to an end. Now, both are still heavily in the industry. One is thriving, making beats while the other is striving to beat lawsuits.
DJ Mannie Fresh
DJ Mannie Fresh, whose real name is Byron O. Thomas, was born March 20, 1969, in New Orleans, LA. He’s from the 7th Ward of New Orleans (which happens to be my ‘hood), the second largest of the 17 wards of the city, after the popular 9th. He grew up in the same neighborhood as No Limit rappers Mia X, Frank Ocean, Tyler Perry, and actor Anthony Mackie.
A Young DJ
Fresh got his early start as a local DJ in New Orleans at the tender age of 9. So he’s pretty much been doing this all his life. He played in clubs and at parties before recording his first album in 1987. Throwdown was a collaboration between Mannie, who produced the album, and New Orleans rapper/legend MC Gregory D who flowed on the tracks. After the success of the album, Mannie and Gregory D released two more albums in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Mannie and Baby met in 1993, in their hometown of New Orleans. Baby offered Mannie a position as the in-house producer of Cash Money Records. Of course, Mannie obliged. Since then, he’s helped create chart-topping hits for The Big Tymers, The Hot Boys, and each group members solo projects.