Guest Spots: Bun B & Cash Money Records

In the early years of Cash Money Records, when Lil’ Wayne’s balls hadn’t dropped yet and they still had Mannie Fresh behind the boards, the only outside rapper—outside as in non-NOLA and non-CMR—you would find dropping guest verses on their releases was Bun B. They may have been one or two exceptions (such as Pimp C dropping a verse on Kilo G’s The Bloody City) but for the most part, it was just Bun.

Here’s a look at some of the CMR tracks that Bun had verses on, circa the late ’90s and early ’00s. All of the tracks are produced by Mannie Fresh, naturally.

PxMxWx f/ Bun B – “Bag of Indo

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from High Life (Cash Money, 1994)

PxMxWx, or Project’s Most Wanted, is a trio from the Iberville projects of New Orleans made up of Big Heavy, Big Man, and Black Jack-O. They were one of the first acts to be signed to Cash Money, releasing two albums during their time at the label: Legalize: Pass Tha Weed in 1993 and High Life in 1994. Their debut was also the very first album that Mannie Fresh worked on after he became Cash Money’s in-house producer. Bun’s appearance on “Bag of Indo” from High Life is the start of the trend of his appearances on Cash Money releases.

Kilo G f/ Bun B – “Life Has No Meaning

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from The Bloody City (Cash Money, 1995)

Like PxMxWx, Kilo G was another very early Cash Money signee. In fact, his 1992 debut album The Sleepwalker was the first release from the label. The album was horrorcore in every since of the word, which is something that you might not have expected if you’re only familiar with late ’90s/early ’00s Cash Money. His second album The Bloody City was his first to feature Mannie Fresh production, and also featured guest verses from UGK: “Life Has No Meaning” featured Bun, while Pimp appeared on “Release Me.”

B.G. f/ Bun B, Juvenile, Ms. Tee – “Retaliation

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from Chopper City (Cash Money, 1996)

B.G. f/ Bun B, Juvenile, Ms. Tee – “Retaliation

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from It’s All On U, Vol. 1 (Cash Money, 1997)

B.G. f/ Bun B, Juvenile, Ms. Tee – “Retaliation

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from the 5th Ward soundtrack (Fishbowl, 1997)

“Retaliation” was a track that first appeared on B.G.’s sophomore release Chopper City. The version that appears on that record is the original, as it’s missing a backing vocal track by Ms. Tee (another early CMR signee, who put out two albums with the label: Havin’ Thing$ and Female Baller) that was added to the subsequent versions.

The slightly remixed version with the added backing vocals would appear on B.G.’s 1997 album It’s All On U, Vol. 1 and on the 5th Ward soundtrack. The 5th Ward version actually cuts out about two minutes out of the track though; no verses thankfully, just Mannie Fresh’s extended instrumental outro—which may be just as bad, now that I think of it.

Hot Boyz f/ Bun B – “I’m Com’n

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from Get It How U Live!! (Cash Money, 1997)

“I’m Com’n” was a track from the debut album of the Hot Boyz—B.G., Lil’ Wayne, Juvenile, and Turk, for those who don’t know. Unlike the previous track, Get It How U Live!! was the only place you could find “I’m Com’n” and it was never remixed or changed, as far as I know. I think this was the only time Bun collaborated with the entire Hot Boyz collective, which is kind of unfortunate. This track is hard as nails, and I would have loved to hear more from this combination.

The Hot Boyz went on to release two more albums before they ultimately broke up: Guerilla Warfare in 1999 and Let ‘Em Burn in 2003. (Let ‘Em Burn was supposed to come out much sooner than it eventually did, but it was constantly delayed due to the fact that B.G., Juvenile, and Turk all left the label in 2001.)

Big Tymers f/ Bun B – “Ballin’

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Big Tymers f/ Bun B, Lil’ Wayne – “Playboy (Don’t Hate Me)

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from How U Luv That? Vol. 1 and 2 (Cash Money, 1998)

How U Luv That? was the debut album from the Big Tymers, a duo made up of Mannie Fresh—the in-house producer for Cash Money, as previously mentioned—and Baby—one half of the Williams brothers who founded the label, and later known as Birdman. Their debut was later reissued as How U Luv That? Vol. 2, which was basically the same album, except with a remix to “Stun’n” tacked onto the end of it. Out of all of the rappers at Cash Money, Bun probably worked with the Big Tymers the most…

Big Tymers f/ Bun B, Lil’ WayneSouthern Boy

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from Big Money Heavy Weight (Cash Money, 2003)

…he even appeared on Big Money Heavy Weight, which was their last album as a duo. Baby had embarked on a solo career the year before with the release of Birdman, and Mannie even put out his own solo album, The Mind of Mannie Fresh, in 2004. Like the Hot Boyz just a few years prior, the duo broke up when Mannie ended up leaving the label due to financial disputes (a sad, but recurring trend at CMR) a year after his debut’s release. With his departure, he took his unique production skills with him, and I don’t think Cash Money has been the same since.

Both Mannie and Baby have had Bun features on their solo albums, though his presence had lost some of its impact since each of those albums had tons of outside guests not limited to rappers from Louisiana or Cash Money. Bun showed up on the track “Ghetto Life” from Baby’s second album Fast Money; “Mo Milly” from the more recent Pricele$$; and “How We Ride” from Mannie’s solo debut.

Unfortunately, since those are songs from fairly recent albums, I don’t want to risk getting the site shut down by posting them. You guys are resourceful, I’m sure you can find them if you look.