Big Tymers, I Got That Work (2000)
Most of I Got That Work’s 18 tracks feature members of Cash Money’s roster, including Lil’ Wayne, who makes a memorable appearance on “No, No.” (“No-no-no-no-no-no he didn’t,” goes the chorus.) The primary point of interest is Mannie Fresh’s production. On “10 Wayz,” he laces a burbling keyboard-driven beat with a guitar lick from an unlisted session player. On “My Life” he turns Earth, Wind and Fire’s “On Your Face” into a series of synthesized arpeggios. The sound, overall, is brighter and more pop-oriented than his beats on Juvenile’s Tha G-Code. Meanwhile, Fresh and Bryan “Baby” Williams’ rap skills – even by such basic requirements as a distinctive, compelling voice – leave much to be desired. Like everything and everyone on the Cash Money Records, Big Tymers are best seen as a brand name, a conduit through which Cash Money’s roster can promote their various lifestyles. As Fresh brags on “Get Your Roll On,” “PlayStation, DVD/Don’t worry about your bitch she’s coming with me.” One track, “Hard Life,” hints at deeper profundities. “It’s a hard life we livin/Day by day drama/We earn stripes by killing and attack like piranhas,” Juvenile raps on the chorus. Universal Records handled distribution.