Former Cash Money Records member Mannie Fresh has stepped forward to address buzz behind ex-comrade Birdman replacing him with Drake and Lil Wayne for a new Big Tymers project.
While Mannie made sure to watch his words, he did admit the Big Tymers’ shoes are too big for Weezy or Drizzy to fill.
“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,” Fresh said on Wednesday (May 15) when he called into “RapFix Live” via Skype. “I don’t bash Cash Money, Birdman, or none of them. It’s really on, I’m just striving on just getting what I deserve, you know, what I put in,” Mannie said. “Honestly I think Drake is a great artist, I think Wayne is a great artist, but they not the Big Tymers.” (MTV)
According to recent Baby remarks, the Young Money stars will snatch Mannie’s spot in the Big Tymers semi-reunion effort.
But everyone wants to know: Will Mannie Fresh be involved? “No. Nah. Not at all,” Birdman confirmed when he appeared on a special episode of “RapFix Live” in Miami on Wednesday (May 8). Nothing for the project has been recorded yet. Actually, it just started as an idea, but according to Wayne, it is definitely on the way and all parties involved seem pretty excited, including Drake, who wasn’t present for the interview. “You can’t even tell him an idea,” Wayne said of Drizzy. “I just told him that we were thinking about it, and he just hit me and said, ‘We’re lookin’ for some music today.’ ” (MTV)
In January 2012, Fresh detailed his issues with Birdman’s Cash Money empire.
“We still have money issues. We will always have them, as long as Cash Money is selling anything that has Mannie Fresh on it. ‘Til this day, I’m like, “Dude, what’s going on? Where are the statements for this?” There’s always some kind of complication, that’s all I can say,” Fresh said in an interview. “Everybody has to get paid. It would be something large if Cash Money did a tour with the first generation of artists, but with everything that’s happened, we need money upfront and on top of that we all need our own attorneys. You don’t get my money and pay me-I get my money directly.” (Billboard)
Months prior, he blamed Cash Money for botching a potential longstanding relationship with Def Jam.
“I got this deal with Def Jam through Jay-Z,” Fresh said during the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid. “Jay-Z reached out, he was like, ‘I’ll do a deal with you. You come to Def Jam and you do your thing. And I’m over there and I talk to Lil Wayne. I’m like, ‘Hey dude, I got a deal with Def Jam and they pretty much are going to give me my situation, do what I want to do.’ They were like, ‘Just deliver a big song.’ So I go to Lil Wayne, he does the song with me and soon as I get ready to put it out, Cash Money shuts it down. They were just like, ‘Nah, you didn’t get permission from us to do that.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s really that serious? That’s kinda ugly of y’all to do that.’ And I’m like, ‘Wayne agreed to do the song.’ And they were like, ‘Well, Wayne can’t speak for Wayne. We speak for Wayne.’ … So that was a learning lesson for me and it kind of gave Def Jam a salty taste too because they was just like, ‘Every time we do something, if it’s going to get shutdown, we really don’t want to do this with you.'” (Red Bull Music Academy)