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Album Review

The Big Tymers don't really have anything new to say on Big Money Heavyweight. They're still rapping about the Cash Money lifestyle — one of luxury characterized by a boisterous gangsta stance and firm ghetto roots, and stacks of greenbacks. This is their stock-in-trade. It always has been, and probably always will be. What is new here, however, is Mannie Fresh's continual development as a producer, and the duo's continual development as songwriters. When they began, back in 1998, they were middling down-South gangsta rappers spitting game about money they probably didn't have. Here, five years later in 2003, they're budding songsmiths with enough industry influence to reign in big-money unit-movers like R. Kelly (who wrote and produced the radio-ready "Gangsta Girl") and Ludacris (who leads off "Down South," a standout shout-out to the South's finest). Then there's the leadoff track, "This Is How We Do," a singsongy upbeat single propelled by an acoustic guitar that aspires to duplicate the cha-ching commercial success of "Still Fly," the very similar singsongy upbeat single from the last Big Tymers album, Hood Rich. Granted, Baby and Mannie don't exactly have a wealth of original ideas, the songwriting grace of R. Kelly, or the lyrical wit of Ludacris, but they do have their finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist, and give the people what they want, more or less — even if that means rewriting their biggest hit to date, having the industry's pied piper write an R&B-crossover single for them, or bringing aboard the South's most popular rapper for a regional anthem. The paper-stacking commercial march of the original Big Money Heavyweights marches on, overall here, with a little more songwriting shine and a little less gutter splatter than last time, even if these Big Tymers don't really have anything new to say, just a smoother way to say it.

Customer Reviews

There are some essential cuts here, perfect for any Dirty South mix

First I have to say that it's too bad that earlier Big Tymers discs are not available on iTunes. All the pre-Universal Cash Money music is hot. But I think this cd was passed over by a lot of rap fans and that's too bad, for them that is. Here are the essential cuts: We Can Smoke, Southern Boy, Big Money Heavyweight, Down South (which starts with an amazing rap by Luda which is not listed in the credits, an essential for fans of 'Cris for sure), and my personal favorite Got Everything. I can pretty much do without the rest, it suffers from the "compilation syndrome" that plagues many rap cds these days. This Is How We Do is decent and you'll be humming it all day if you listen to it a couple times. Go out and buy the first two Big Tymers discs, they sound fresh today and are better than most of the new rap artists on the charts right now. As long as we're calling people like Em a genius then Manny Fresh is a super genius and his old band (Funky Fingers, Beowolf, etc.) is musically light years ahead of any rap instrumentation currently out today.


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This album doesn't travel far from previous Big Tymers albums, the formula is the same the rhymes are what you've heard before in past efforts, the production has improved and gotten better, but it can only go on so long, the lyrics aren't sharp, it's part of the reason hip-hop has been on a decline. One track however does stand out, "down south" the production has to be the best on the album, the beat is addictive, ludacris makes an appearance and delivers a good verse, the track is addictive, if everything on this album could be in the mold of that track we wouldn't have any problems. Otherwise i wouldn't reccomend buying the whole album unless your a fan. if you own previous albums you aren't missing much, it isn't a bad album it's just so similar to previous efforts.


Formed: 1998 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Big Tymers, comprised of Cash Money Records co-founder Brian "Baby" Williams and in-house production workhorse Mannie Fresh, were a staple of the label, appearing as featured guests on most of the label's album releases and releasing several albums of their own, including a couple -- I Got That Work (2000) and Hood Rich (2002) -- that were quite successful. The duo made its recording debut, How You Luv That?, in 1998; the album was then reworked slightly and released as How You Luv That?, Vol....
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Big Money Heavy Weights, Big Tymers
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Dirty South, R&B/Soul
  • Released: Dec 09, 2003
  • Parental Advisory

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