The Mind of Mannie Fresh
"Real Big," has garnered spins on radio stations in Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Detroit, Nashville and Chicago. Mannie is credited with developing the New Orleans sound that put Cash Money Records on the map and now he presents a new taste directly from the corridors of his beat drenched mind.
After his Gold selling album "Big Money Heavy Weight" with Big Tymers partner Brian "Baby" Williams and the platinum success of "Hood Rich," the Big Tymers first dropped vocals on BG's underground classic, "It's All On You Vol. 2." Their style embodied that "we the shit" outspokenness of Southern Hip Hop B.C. (Before Crunk). Soon, the Big Tymers went on to create the now classic, "How You Love That Vol.1 (1998)", then they inked a deal with Universal Records for "How You Love That Vol. 2 (1998)".
Soon, the Big Tymers with Fresh on the boards had the Platinum hit sellers, "I Got That Work (2000)" and "Hood Rich (2002)". In 2003 they came back again with their currently charted album, "Big Money Heavyweight".
Mannie is now highly recognized in Hip Hop for helping to defining the sound of Cash Money and it's artist roster since 1991. He has been responsible for the production on club bangers like "Ha," "Cash Money Is An Army," "Bling Bling," "Back That Azz Up," "#1 Stunna," "Get Your Roll On," "Oh Yeah," and the Grammy nominated "Still Fly."
On or shall we say "in" the album "The Mind Of Mannie Fresh", Mannie finally gets the opportunity to unleash his unparalleled talent... in this album Fresh displays the growth of his engineering skills and MC style. He doesn't just push the envelope...he manages to re-define his patented style and has developed an uncomparable mixture of Hip Hop, Funk and Southern club bounce.
Not only did Mannie develop and engineer his own album...but, at the same time he produced tracks for Lil Wayne's fourth solo album, "The Carter" which features the smash single "Go DJ", and R&B songstress Teena Marie's Cash Money debut release "La Dona" for Cash Money Classics.
Mannie found time in his busy schedule to sit down and relax (for a minute) and talk about his new album and the future of the new Cash Money Records.
Why the title?
Because this album features every lIttle crazy thang that goes on in my mindEverything that I wanted to try in the studio I do on this album. I have a LOT going through my head in case ya'll don't know. This is a way for me to release and give the fans a taste of what my creative process is like. It's pure energy and me having fun
Tell me about the albums production...how long did it take since you do so much with Cash Money.
Technically it didn't take long. It just flowed, the album that is. I had to do it in pieces because I had to work on Wayne's. So, I would go back in the studio and do a little and then work on Waynes. Go on tour...get on the bus and work on mine. That basically how I work... I got it done now and I'm proud of the outcome.
Any surprises or guests on the album?
It's all pretty much meDavid Banner and is on it. But, in the end the album is all me. I'm looking to show the fans what I do. My fans are what Im looking for, just as they are looking to me for that club bangers.one song for the uncut version that I did is a remix of the Keith Sweat single "Make It Last". We redid that beat and titles the song "Shake That Ass".
What are your plans for touring...will there be a tour in association with this album?
I'm going everywhere. Tell yo' peeple that Mannie Fresh is coming in every hole in the wall, bar room, VFW hall, club and after-hours spot that will book me. I will be everywhere...that's my goal. So, I can get out to all of my fans and let those that aren't...who hopefully after seeing me will become fans.
What are your plans for 2005
Oh, me and Baby doing a revamp of Cash Money in 2005 My plan is to work the business side of it. Work on artist development. It's time to put others on...becuase most people think that Cash Money is just me, Baby and Wayne...because we have been the faces that they have seen. I'm gonna step back and become more business oriented and let some of our other artists and producers catch wreck.
Do you feel a need to become more business oriented?
I could keep producing and it wouldn't hurt me personally, but this isn't about me. It's about developing Cash Money. Besides I dont want people to get tired of me. It's good to take a break once in a while anyway.
What do you got coming up as far as touring?
Right now, we're talking with Lil Jon. A tour might be possible. But, for the meantime, I'll be working on promo for this album and getting Cash Money ready for the coming year.
Check out "The Mind Of Mannie Fresh" and be on the lookout for Mannie on tour in 2005.