Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has the Internet buzzing this weekend courtesy of a new photo of himself and ex-Cash Money Records artist Mannie Fresh together surfacing.
Although details are scarce, an in-studio photo of Weezy F. Baby and the one-time Big Tymers member is heating the ‘net.
Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh have been spotted together in the studio for the first time in years. The picture was posted by Charles Pettaway, a producer and songwriter who has worked with Mannie in the past. Mannie and Wayne have not worked together since Mannie’s departure from Cash Money Records in 2004. Prior to that, he was the main producer for Wayne’s first four albums, along with the material from Wayne’s group the Hot Boys. Wayne is currently working on a new album, Tha Carter V. A Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh reunion for Tha Carter V would be major. (Complex)
Back in February, Fresh said plans to hook up with Cash Money head Birdman rested on two key factors.
“Facts and figures,” the New Orleans legend told MTV News during NBA All-Star weekend. “That’s where we at right now. Facts and figures. We just trying to lay down a plan for it, a blueprint and we’ll see what happens from there.” (MTV)
Despite the speculation, Mannie also said no music had been recorded as of then.
Fresh confirmed that he and Birdman were in fact discussing his involvement in the much-anticipated project. “We just talking, ya heard? That’s all I could tell you,” the Cash Money Records alum said. “No verses, no music, none of that. We just started on negotiating, that’s where we at right now. Hopefully it’s gon happen. I’ma give you a positive note, hopefully it’s gon happen.” (MTV)
The Big Tymers, plus a slew of other notable Cash Money artists, came together for a tribute-based BMI Awards ceremony last summer.
Past and present Cash Money Records stars reunited in celebration of label founders Brian “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams at this year’s Broadcast Music, Inc.’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held in New York City’s Manhattan Center Thursday (Aug. 22). Ray J split hosting duties with BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and Vice President Catherine Brewton while Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Turk, Mack Maine and Mannie Fresh were all on hand to salute Birdman and Slim’s coveted BMI Icon honor, spotlighting their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” (BET)