WILL THERE BE A
HOT BOYS REUNION? “There’s four different people, you know, so there’s negotiations from four different angles. I’m ready to do it if they’re ready to do it. It’s easy for us four to get in the room and agree to do it, but since pretty much everybody is signed with a different record company, we’ve got to work that out first. But Baby don’t have no say-so. That’s part of the deal. Everybody wants to do it, but they fact is, they don’t want him involved. That’s how the whole thing came to be. They asked me if I wanted to do it, and since three of the four Hot Boys don’t want Baby to have no part of the project, that’s the way it’s gotta happen.” - Mannie Fresh “I talked to Mannie the other day. He’s no longer with Baby. He got his own thing he’s doing. He did some cuts for Juvenile and he’s doing some cuts for B.G. The conversation we had was basically that we need to get back together and do this thing. There’s gonna be a Hot Boy reunion when I come home.” - Turk “To tell you the truth, I heard we are about to do something like that. They asked me if I agreed. I ain’t trippin’. Maybe we will do a reunion album. That’s what I heard, but the boss gotta agree on that first. They could say he’s greedy or whatever, but the boss still gotta agree on that for me to do anything. I could say I agree and I wanna do it, but still, if he don’t agree, I can’t do it. And I’m the President of Cash Money Records now, so it’ll have to be released under Cash Money. Baby would have to sign off on it cause he gonna have to get his too.” - Lil Wayne “It’s a possibility, as long as Birdman ain’t got nothin’ to do with it. He might have to sign off on [Lil] Wayne’s behalf, but not on my behalf.” - B.G.
Is this the end of an era?
MANNIE FRESH STRIKES OUT ON HIS OWN I heard that you’ve left Cash Money and there’s a Hot Boys reunion project in the works. Well, we doing something like that, but it ain’t what y’all think. It ain’t nothin’ messed up with Cash Money, I’m just doing my own thing. That part of it is true – Chubby Boy Records. But it ain’t ended on no bad note or whatever, it’s just time for me to do me. That’s all.
“IT’S OFFICIAL THAT I’M NOT WITH [CASH MONEY] NO MORE, BUT IT AIN’T A SITUATION WHERE WE GONNA BE NAME-CALLING AND GOING BACK AND FORTH. IT’S NO BAD BLOOD.” - MANNIE FRESH
Sounds like you’re being political. It’s official that I’m not with them no more, but I’m doing my own thing. It ain’t a situation where we gonna be name-calling and going back and forth. It’s just me maturing. It’s time for me to do me. It’s no bad blood.
B.G. THE BABY GANGSTA IS LOVING LIFE AFTER CASH MONEY What’s the status of the lawsuit you filed against Cash Money? It’s looking good, really, really good. I can’t really talk much on it but it’s looking real good. You just dropped a new album? Yeah, I just dropped my new album Life After Cash Money. Life’s going good, I’m just doing what I do. I’ve got a Chopper City Boys album I’m about to drop too. How are things with Koch compared to the situation you used to be in at Cash Money? It’s alright. At the time it was the best situation for me, and I was just trying to drop an album cause I hadn’t dropped one in about two years. At that time, that was the best choice. I’m finished with that situation and I’m movin’ on now. I got like three or four different deals on the table right now for my label. Have you been in contact with Turk? Yeah, I talked to him about a week ago. They say he’s supposed to go back to court on August 1st and it’s looking good for him, so hopefully he’ll be home soon. I wish him the best in his situation and I can’t wait for him to come home. He said that it may have been a good thing he got locked up because he was able to get over his drug addiction. Ya know, if that’s how he feels about it, that’s good. I can’t really speak on that, but I know I wouldn’t want to go to jail over it. I was fortunate enough to not have to go to jail to overcome [addiction]. How did you overcome it? Just quit cold turkey? Yeah, I just felt it inside me. It just wasn’t there no more – the feeling, the drive, the craving. I was just craving money, and [heroin] and money don’t mix. OZONE AUGUST 2005