Birdman and Mannie Fresh, collectively known as the Big Tymers, hosted a homecoming bash at Bud Light Crew HQ for NBA All-Star Weekend in their native New Orleans, La. Saturday (Feb. 18). The Cash Money Records co-founder and the prolific producer doled out their hits like 2000's "#1 Stunna" and 2002's "Still Fly." Mardi Gras partygoers weren't the only ones to jam out to the nostalgic set, as Birdman's rumored girlfriend, singer Toni Braxton, also checked out the performance.
With the duo ushering in the 20th anniversary of their career -- an appropriate cause for celebration given Bud Light's "Famous Among Friends" campaign, Birdman (real name Brian Williams and also known as Baby) reflected on what made his bond with Fresh deeper than music. "Me and Fresh been through a lot together," he told Billboard backstage after the show. "Our relationship bonded even stronger when his sister got killed and my sister got killed. Fresh put the Big Tymers tour together. I always had a brotherly relationship with Fresh and I’ma continue to have that." Fresh added in a separate interview, "We had our disagreements on s--t but real talk, New Orleans cats are like this -- when something happens, we come together."
Last August, a source confirmed to Billboard that Birdman and Cash Money Records had signed a deal with Apple Music, which comprised of a one-off documentary about the controversial label's hood beginnings called Before Anything. When asked why the focus of the doc, arriving May 12, centered on Cash Money before its success, Birdman teased, "It just happened to be like that. Shout out to Apple and Larry Jackson. I thought it made more sense to put it out this year on our 20th anniversary. Anybody that been in this business and this industry for 20 years with the same company, it just don’t happen. We was honored, blessed and fortunate enough to be able to do it and I thought this would be the perfect time to do it." He added of their come-up, "[I remember] the fame that come with the glory, all the numbers and the sales but the struggle, the obstacles, the situations, the shit that we been through -- that would make a man."