Cash Money duo Birdman and Mannie Fresh teamed up again in 2002 as the Big Tymers to drop their fourth album together; "Hood Bitch". It finds Mannie providing all the beats as ever, and once again showing how rap is done down in Louisiana. As the Chas Money record label was almost solely responsible to the emergence of the "Bling-Bling" phase of Rap,, which coincided with this album's release, you get much of this through the music here where almost all the rhymes refer to the ice on their wrists and what else their money can afford.
1. "Slick Talkin'" (Intro)
2. "Oh Yeah!"
To get the album going, you find that we are greeted with the two rappers doing what they are known most for as they basically go for Gangsta Rap which has a girl act as the main focal point to the recording. It is all very typical stuff with a very simplistic structure, but they get the job done regardless of this.
3. "Still Fly"
This was the lead single from the album, and so it has a kind of mainstream feel to it with a catchy hook from Mannie Fresh, and from this point you find that he goes for the bassy Bounce production which made him one of he best southern eat makers in the Dirty South. It is a well-constructed track from them and very representative of the material which you find here.
4. "Sunny Day"
With a title such as the one given for this one, you would expect them to really get you right into the feelings which you would commonly associate with the Summer, but I found that as it begun with Jazzy Pha singing it just put me off the thing from the start, and from here as I heard where they went with this track, it wasn't quite reaching where you you expect it to (based upon the title they gave it).
5. "The Preppy Pimp" (Lude)
After a highly explicit interlude, you are brought into a track which has Mannie Fresh experiment with sounds of the West Coast with him on some synth which reminds me of the type of thing which was heard in G-Funk tunes of the early to mid nineties, but with it he chooses to sing (as he did on his debut solo album) and of course it wasn't anything nice to heard (although the beats are big).
You get some more big beats in this one as the two of them go for a track in which they choose to go for raps which refer to how hard they are stunting down in the area where the represent. It is perfectly in-tune with the type of thing which you would associate with the music of this time where it didn't really matter how pointless the focus of the track was, because as long as the beats are heavy.
8. "I'm Comin'"
The exciting way which this one builds up means that once it breaks down and the rappers get on top of it you are forced to get down with them as it is some heavy material, and finds them working with Jazzy Pha and TQ, amongst others, who give them a hard Gangsta rap twist to the thing as they apparently take over. It stands out as the beats are much more stern than usual, but it means that you take more notice of it.
9. "Greg Street Countdown" (Lude)
10. "Gimme Some"
This is a killer tune, and has them slow the pace right down and get down to a funky groove. It sounds as if Mannie Fresh has peaked when it comes to his production ability as he comes with something slow and sounds like the type of things which wouldn't have bumped out on the West coast at this time. It sounds out as one of the best here and features TQ.
The "Bling-Bling" culture comes through on this one as it is all about showing that whatever they have is always going to be the largest possible version of it, and in order to support this theme through h the music you have Mannie Fresh giving it some big beats with a deep bassline. Those who are into the complex lyrics in their rap are going to be annoyed by this, but I doubt that this pair care.
12. "Get High"
This track does exactly what you expect of it as it is a lid-back track from the pair of tem as they rap about getting high and speaking of how it affects them. It is a nice tune on the ears and it appears to take heavy inspiration from the Soul and Funk of the seventies in the way the production is constructed and formed. All the rhymes are free-flowing and go wherever their minds take them.
13. "Pimpin'" (Lude)
14. "Pull That S**t Up"
The electronic sounds you here at the start of this one reminds me of the way in which Afrika Bambaataa starts of his hit "Planet Rock" tune, and so you have this Electro-Hop mode in mind as you get into it. However, despite the fact that Mannie Fresh's Bounce sound is largely based upon the style which Bambaataa innovated, he opts for a more general one and it mean s that it isn't quite as exciting as you would expect it to be.
15. "Greg Street Stuntin'" (Lude)
16. "Da Man"
For a track from the Big Tymers, the lyrics are pretty inspirational as it finds them speaking on what aspirations they had as they grew up, and exactly how they were able to achieve this with the rise of the Cash Money label. They come up with some of the big beats, but I wouldnl't have said that much of what was said really had much of an impact as they go off-topic so often adn don't really dwell on these ideas for long.
17. "Lil' Mama"
Here you have them getting to some club stuff, but in a kind of reserved way as Mannie lays off his deep bass, and instead chooses to drive it with some more of the experimental synth. You here him use classic Slick Rick material as an influence in his rhymes, and the fact that he attempts to send a positive message reflects this too. However as a track, it isn't that valuable.
18. "Greg Street Radio" (Lude)
19. "My People"
Ending the album you have another track in which they use the production effectively to just rap in a very open way, in a form which resembles a freestyle as its carefree feel makes the rhymes sound as if they much have been improvised as the rhymes refer to all the various things which were used in the main body of the album.
This is a pretty inconsistent album from the Big Tymers, and has them come with a pretty effective mix of recordings with a little of the softer material put a couple of the Gangsta Rap things which they have always been known for, and so it comes to give fairly strong results at times, but when they get experimental, it isn't nearly as effective.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Return Of The Game Spitters
4 Down At The Lakefront
5 What Time Is It
6 Tee's And Ree's
7 Project Party
8 Back Of The Tourbus
9 Still Fly
10 It's Birdman
11 Hot Boys Fo' Life
12 My Way Or The Highway
13 Wrong Side Of The Tracks