Album: How You Luv That
Mannie Fresh: “I met Baby just from DJing in the club when I was young. At first [when B.G. was still young and Juvenile hadn’t joined] we decided to concentrate on Big Tymers. Bun B, who was always a good friend of ours, was like ‘Ya’ll could do this, just do what comes naturally.' So we started making songs. I was like, 'How about if we just do songs and don’t over-think them? Just do them real simple.' My thought was, you had Jay Z when he first stepped on the scene and young Biggie and a couple of other rappers who were balling. But I was like, 'They not doing it to the extreme.'
We needed to do it the extreme coming from the South. The whole thing about the South, they love big s***.
“We needed to do it the extreme coming from the South. The whole thing about the South, they love big shit. If anything is big, they joining in. I’m like, 'We can’t play with this, we going do this we really gotta do it.' Fake it ‘till you make it, but it’s gotta be incredibly big. So when we did the Big Tymers, it had to be the most craziest thing that anybody would say, like, 'I got a space shuttle from NASA.' [Laughs.]
“Everybody from down South was like, ‘Damn, that’s what I been thinking! I want to say it that way, but I was scared to say it.’ They didn’t know how it was gonna be taken because it’s like, 'Do you take these people seriously?' Once it started becoming a reality people were like, 'Oh, they really do donuts in Lambos.’ I was always big on the visuals too, it can’t just be a record. It gotta be visual. So if you say helicopter, you gotta bring a helicopter. The thing about Big Tymers was if they said they had it, they had it.”