December 29, 2011

The Show - Intro (Flight Watson) Official Video

One of the best rappers from New Orleans in this 2011.
Congratulations The Show!!


December 26, 2011

8-9 Boyz feat. Kidd Kidd, Kango Slim & Big Freedia - More Than Friends (Official Video)

This is New Orleans newest super-group; The 8-9 Boyz. Here is presenting the official video of the Billboard Top 100 Hip Hop / RnB hit single called "More Than Friend" and featuring the new G-Unit artist Kidd Kidd, the legendary Kango Slim of Partners & Crime and Big Freedia.

Album in stores... 02/07/2012 "Eyes On The Prize"

Follow this boyz in his Twitter: @the89boyz

December 23, 2011

Raw Dizzy - Mazant Representative Mixtape (Mixtape Download)

Here is another re-release by Cash Money Degreez. Year? 2004: the first underground mixtape by solo artist of Young Money Ent. In these days Lil Wayne was working with Raw Dizzy, Mack Maine, Boo and Currensy ... (the first YME days). Enjoy this rare shit of one of the most underrated rappers in New Orleans: Raw D.I.!!!!!


ARTIST: Raw Dizzy aka Raw D.I.
TITTLE: Mazant Representative Mixtape
DJ: Dj Raj Smoove from Psychoward Dj's
LABEL: Young Money Ent/P.C.O. Ent

YEAR: 2004


01 - Intro feat. Dj Raj Smoove
02 - Made You Look (Freestyle)
03 - Murder This Shit
04 - Clap Your Hands feat. Lil Wayne & SQAD Up
05 - Talman Gardner Checkin
06 - Two Worlds (Freestyle)
07 - Hold Up
08 - Gangsta feat. Graveyard Soldjas
09 - No No No (Freestyle)
10 - Outro feat. Dj Raj Smoove

December 20, 2011

Vote DEE-1 to the XXL 2012 Freshmen Award

The deliberations for XXL's 2012 Freshmen class are underway (but no where near finished) and this year things are gonna be a little different. For the fifth annual cover, XXL will be selecting nine of the Freshmen and the public will vote on our online poll to determine who gets the 10th slot-the People's Choice. After picking the brains of many industry folk, real hip-hop heads and other MCs, here is a list of the 50 most mentioned names for Freshmen 2012 candidacy.

Make your voice heard and vote now for whom you think should be on the XXL Freshmen list.

The winner will be revealed on the April cover.


Konfo - Like The Sunshine (Official Video) (Label Submitted)

A Music Video Directed/Edited and Shot by A. dot CEO of "A.Junior Productions"
@adotjunior @konfonation

Konfo- Clouded Concepts Promo Song
New Orleans artist Konfo goes in on his new mixtape single Clouded Concepts coming August 1st

December 19, 2011

Mannie Fresh To Continue Working On Mystikal's Project

Despite leaving Cash Money Records over five years ago, Mannie Fresh is still on board at the helm of Mystikal's CMR debut. This week, New Orleans, Louisiana Hip Hop veteran Mystikal signed a contract to Cash Money Records. The move was controversial to some, as Mystikal was a former star of Cash Money's onetime local rival, No Limit Records. Additionally, the boisterous rapper had been working with former Cash Money star producer and artist Mannie Fresh prior to the signing.

While rumors have swirled that Mannie's longtime seemingly severed ties with Cash Money would prevent the camps from working together, Fresh's spokesperson contacted HipHopDX this morning to confirm the pair wil l continue to work together.

In October, Mannie Fresh admitted to DX that recording sessions with Mystikal were stalled temporarily, but that a project was definitely releasing, "He’s a super talented dude, but you can’t get him to stand still for nothing. So it’s kind of been a hard process with me and Mystikal. But I know it’s gonna happen. And I know he gotta feed his family so he kind of all over the place doing shows. But, you know … it’s gonna happen, that’s all I can tell you."

Fresh and Cash Money parted ways in the mid-'00s after royalty disputes over albums from Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Big Tymers and The Hot Boys. Mannie Fresh was signed to Cash Money for over a decade. Yesterday, Mystikal released his first Cash Money-era music with label co-founder Birdman and Lil Wayne, "Original" .

Kanye West & Mannie Fresh In Da Studio!

Kanye West has made his mark on hip-hop as one of the best producers in the genre, but he has higher praise for Mannie Fresh. He departed the label a few years ago over money disputes, but Kanye still recognizes Mannie for producing the bulk of the songs on Cash Money.

Check out this video of Yeezy explaining why Mannie Fresh is the ish. Plus, see him hang out with the Olsen twins, and spend some time backstage with Big Sean, John Legend, and more

December 16, 2011

Friday Muzik!! (Mannie Fresh, Lil Wayne, Juvenile)

David Banner feat. Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz - Yao Ming
New single from David Banner called “Yao Ming” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz aka Tity Boi.
This track, will appear on Banner‘s upcoming The Make Believe Album.

Mannie Fresh, Waka Flocka, Juvenile & Fat Pimp - Bald Headed Hoes
Mannie Fresh gets an assist from Waka Flocka, Juvenile & Fat Pimp for his new single “Bald Headed Hoes”
. Here is a remake of Willie D’s 1989 classic “Bald Headed Hoes” off the special 25th Anniversary

Rap-A-Lot box set available at Best Buy now. Do you think this was a good remake?

December 14, 2011

Gar & B.G. - Loyalty is Royalty (Official Mixtape)


01. Gar & B.G. - Intro / G.A. (1:58)
02. Gar & B.G. - Chopper City (2:23)
03. Gar & B.G. - U Can Bleed Too (Feat. C-Murder & Skip) (3:31)
04. Gar & B.G. - Face Up (2:39)
05. Gar & B.G. - Same Ol Shit (5:15)
06. Gar & B.G. - Gutta Gutta (4:14)
07. Gar & B.G. - So 504 (3:35)
08. Gar & B.G. - My Hood (3:55)
09. Gar & B.G. - Walk With Me (3:25)
10. Gar & B.G. - Choppers 9's 40's (3:24)
11. Gar & B.G. - All Eyes On Me (3:13)
12. Gar & B.G. - I C U Riden Homie (3:07)
13. Gar & B.G. - Slippin (Feat. Bonka) (3:55)
14. Gar & B.G. - Colder (4:06)
15. Gar & B.G. - The Real Is Back (Feat. Benzino) (3:51)
16. Gar & B.G. - Lose My Mind (3:59)
17. Gar & B.G. - Bout That (4:39)
18. Gar & B.G. - U See Why (4:27)
19. Gar & B.G. - Set It Off (4:12)
20. Gar & B.G. - Bout This Grindin' (4:33)
21. Gar & B.G. - Make It Official (2:22)
22. Gar & B.G. - Batt'em Up (Feat. Red) (5:08)
23. Gar & B.G. - Don't Wanna Be With Out You (Feat. Real) (5:16)
24. Gar & B.G. - Stalkin' (4:43)
25. Gar & B.G. - Bust A Move (4:32)
26. Gar & B.G. - Whateva U Like (4:00)
27. Gar & B.G. - Keep It Real (Feat. Alfamega) (4:10)
28. Gar & B.G. - 50 Rules (3:58)
29. Gar & B.G. - Gunz N Roses (Free B.G.) (4:32)

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Mystikal feat. Baby, Lil Wayne - Original [FIRST SONG UNDER CMR]

Check out the world premiere of Mystikal’s first Cash Money record below!!

December 13, 2011

December 12, 2011

FREE B.G.!!!!

One of my favourite tracks of B.G.
From: Grand Hustle Volume 4 (In Da Streets)
Produced by Keith Mack || Year 2006

December 10, 2011

Curren$y Interview to

Shout out to Jake Crates and the rest of AllHipHop!
Also a big shout out to ScoreMore Shows!

Gabe Cruz (@HoeSay_Guapo) of FlyTimesDaily and Jake Crates (@JakeCrates) of AllHipHop in an exclusive interview w/ Curren$y (@CurrenSy_Spitta) at The Smokers Club tour at The Granada in Dallas, TX. Video filmed/edited by Thomas Biggars (@TRB_Vision).

Free download link - Curren$y - Verde Terrace:

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B.G. in 4WWL (New Orleans TV News)

December 8, 2011

B,G. Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge But "He Aint Tellin"

B.G.'s attorney explained that his client, whom he calls Christopher Dorsey, makes use of artistic license. He said Dorsey has a certain appearance and style he must maintain as a rapper. On Wednesday morning, B.G. -- also known as Christopher Dorsey -- did exactly that.

Clad in an orange jail jumpsuit, his hands shackled and his lawyer by his side, Dorsey stood before U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan.

"Are you a rapper?" she asked.

The 31-year-old New Orleans man with an international fan base nodded and said quietly, "Yes."

Asked whether he was guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and witness tampering, Dorsey again answered in the affirmative. But prosecutors made clear there is no plea agreement or deal in place. In other words, the rapper whose songs and videos have underscored the "no snitch" mantra is remaining true to his word.

By pleading guilty, Dorsey admitted to certain facts. Some of the guns confiscated from a vehicle in a November 2009 traffic stop were his. And as a convicted felon, he shouldn't have had those guns. In addition, he acknowledged that he conspired with a pal to get an associate in that car, 20-year-old Demounde Pollard, to sign an affidavit falsely claiming ownership of them.

In court documents tied to his guilty plea, the allegations go further. Federal prosecutors paint Dorsey as having ties to other local high-profile criminals. The names of some of this city's most notorious alleged murderers -- Telly Hankton and Michael Anderson -- are listed on those documents. Prosecutors make clear that they know about online videos in which Dorsey brags about crimes, name-checks his criminal associates and demands that law enforcement free them.

"We dislike some of the spin" in the federal filings, Dorsey's attorney, J.C. Lawrence, told the judge Wednesday.

Later, outside of court, Lawrence, who calls B.G. "Mr. Dorsey," explained that his client makes use of artistic license. He said Dorsey has a certain appearance and style he must maintain as a rapper. Videos are marketing, he said, and marketing means financial gains.

Just because someone has a gun in a video doesn't mean it's real, he said. And just because someone talks about drugs, death and murder doesn't mean they deal in that business, he said.

"And there are things that are taken out of context on the videos," Lawrence added.

In one video, Dorsey looks straight into the camera and offers a lecture on the city's most well-known convicted killer.

"Free my n---a Telly Hankton, ya heard me. One of the realest n----s in the city," Dorsey says.

Hankton, recently convicted in one murder and serving a life sentence, has been called Public Enemy No. 1 by local police and prosecutors, who have alleged that he ran a sprawling drug empire whose markets were enforced with violence. He is currently awaiting trial on another murder.

"They hating on him right now," Dorsey says of Hankton. "You know what I'm saying, they got him all over the news and s--t, ya know, Witnesses come up dead and s--t. Man in jail. he post a million-dollar bond. Now they don't want to give n---a another bond because they know the man gonna make the bond."

At this point in the video, Dorsey turns and shouts to a man sitting in a nearby sport utility vehicle: Walter Porter, murder suspect.

"Say, Moonie, you know what it is baby, you heard me, it's all good in the hood," Dorsey shouts.

Porter grins.

"Free my dog Telly. Let him go. Y'all can't stop him. He didn't do it," Porter says,

Porter is currently in jail, accused of killing the brother of John Matthews, one of two key witnesses who identified Telly Hankton as the gunman in a 2008 murder. In October, following Hankton's conviction, Curtis Matthews was gunned down outside John Matthews' daiquiri shop, allegedly as payback for his brother's testimony. Police have said they believe Porter has ties to the Hankton family, but declined to elaborate on the link.

Dorsey's attorney, Lawrence, also represents Porter. He said last month that there's no connection between Porter and Hankton.

Following Porter's appearance in the video, the camera pans to Jerod Fedison. Fedison, a convicted felon and former co-defendant in Dorsey's case, has been a suspect in several murders, according to New Orleans police records. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison last month on charges similar to that Dorsey pleaded to Wednesday.

In court, unlike in his videos, Dorsey was calm, reserved, soft-spoken. He answered "Yes, ma'am," and "No, ma'am." Gone was the swagger of the hip-hop legend who gained fame as a young teen, an original member of the Hot Boys, a late-1990s rap group with a roster of big-name rappers such as Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Young Turk.

He released countless albums and mix tapes throughout his 15-year career. He became chief executive officer of Chopper City Records, a Metairie-based label. His most recent album, "Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood," came out in December 2009 on Atlantic Records. His manager did not return a request for comment.

Now, he faces a prison stint that could stretch 40 years. He knew this was coming. His court cases have become fodder for his songs. He opines about his legal woes in his song, "Guilty By Association." In it, he expresses the hope that the "feds won't pick up his case" and says he is unfairly targeted.

But it's too late for that now. The next step is his sentencing on March 14. In this case, as in almost any criminal case, a defendant's cooperation is the best way to reduce the length of a prison stint.

Whether he'll do that is unclear. If his music provides a clue, he won't. Here's the way he laid it out in "I Ain't Tellin":

"I won't snitch, never tell, if the law comes and get me, I'm gonna sit my ass in jail."
Former Cash Money records artist BG is facing up to 40 years in prison, after pleading guilty to gun and witness tampering charges yesterday (December 7). BG, born Christopher Dorsey, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and witness tampering charges, although prosecutors refused to offer the rapper any type of plea deal.

The rapper acknowledged that he was the owner of several guns that were confiscated from a stolen vehicle, during a traffic stop in November of 2009. During the incident, police recovered found three loaded handguns and two extended magazine clips. In addition to BG, 27-year-old Jerod Fedison and 17-year-old Demounde Pollard were charged in the case.

Police claim that BG and Fedison, who are both convicted felons, pressured Pollard into taking the gun charges, due to his clean criminal record. In May, BG was arrested for his role in persuading Pollard to claim ownership of the guns, hence the witness tampering charge. Fedison recently pleaded guilty to gun and witness tampering charges and was sentenced to a 20-year term. Pollard reportedly cooperated with authorities and received an 30 month sentence.

BG is facing certain jail time and could receive up to 40 years in prison, when he is sentenced on March 14.

December 6, 2011

The Show - D.O.B. 3 (The Final Cut)

The Show - DOB 3 (The Final Cut)

01 - Intro ( Flight Watson ) THE SHOW 2:08
02 - Release Therapy THE SHOW 4:06
03 - This Summer (feat. Secret Weapon) THE SHOW 4:33
04 - Shadows (feat. Dy & Bruce Lee) THE SHOW 4:47
05 - Intermission THE SHOW 1:20
06 - Smoking My Kool THE SHOW 4:01
07 - Breakfast In Bed THE SHOW 4:03
08 - The Devil Wears Prada THE SHOW 3:56
09 - Letter To Babydoll (feat. Iris P.) THE SHOW 4:16
10 - Traffic THE SHOW 4:07
11 - Irepeat THE SHOW 4:37
12 - Bug Money (feat. Paasky & Lucci Lou) THE SHOW 4:34
13 - Go Girl (feat. Iris P.) THE SHOW 3:40
14 - The Lifestyle (feat. Mike Taylor) THE SHOW 3:07
15 - Never Get Enough (feat. Dappa) THE SHOW 4:29
16 - Walking Left Field (feat. Y.Luck) THE SHOW 3:46
17 - Live Life (feat. H2 Pro) THE SHOW 5:15

November 30, 2011

Mugsy - Pretty Dope (New Mixtape)

Pretty Dope Mixtape (Hosted by Kool Dj SupaMike)

01 - Boomin feat. Menace02 - U Aint Neva Seen feat. Mannie Fresh03 - Dumb04 - Cant Help Myself feat. Paasky05 - Oh Nah feat. Monteco06 - Blow It Down feat. Lil One & Kada07 - Im On That08 - Me feat. Mannie Fresh, Raw Dizzy & The Show09 - Jailhouse Pose10 - My Regal11 - Piano Joint feat. Raw Dizzy & The Show12 - N2U REMIX feat. Kango Slim, Raw Dizzy, 5th Ward Weebie & Big Choo13 - Run Dat Beat feat. Choppa


Release party will be at Allstar Outfitters in Laplace
Thursday Dec 1st from 6:30 to 9:00 [ too many special guest to name ]

November 27, 2011

B.G. Heading To Trial In December; Associate Gets 22 Years

Former Cash Money Records rapper BG will stand trial for gun and obstruction of justice charges early next month. BG, born Christopher Dorsey, was arrested in November of 2009, after police stopped him in a stolen Chevy Tahoe on November.

A search of the vehicle uncovered three guns and two loaded magazines and two extended clips, resulting in charges for BG and the vehicle’s two other occupants. In May of 2011, prosecutors charged BG, Fedison and a third man named Demounde Pollard, with conspiracy.

Earlier this week one of the three men, 29-year-old Jerod Fedison, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the incident. BG and Fedison are accused of attempting to coerce Pollard into taking the blame for possession of all three guns.

Of the three men, Pollard, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, was the only one without a criminal record. Prosecutors claim they caught Fedison on a recorded call from prison, instructing Pollard’s girlfriend to take the charges the importance of the issue.

Pollard eventually agreed to take the charges, but he later began cooperating with authorities. He is currently serving 30 months in prison.

BG is a convicted felon who has been arrested multiple times over the years. The rapper, who has a lenghy rap sheet for drugs and other charges, will stand trial on December 12.

BG has pleaded not guilty. If he is convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison.

November 26, 2011

8th Anniversary of Soulja Slim Death

Rest in Paradise Soulja Slim
"September 9, 1977 – November 26, 2003"


Cutt Throat Committy - We Miss You Soulja (Soulja Slim Tribute)

November 24, 2011

POLL; Favourite Lil Wayne Chorus?

Great chorus and great production by Mannie Fresh.
And yours? What's your favourite Lil Wayne chorus?

November 23, 2011

New Juvenile Interview @

In his decade-long career, Juvenile has overcome countless hardships, from tragic family deaths and legal disputes, to the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. Still, the New Orleans native persevered and has released eight solo studio albums and four successful projects with the Hot Boys since breaking onto the scene with his debut studio album on Cash Money Records, "Solja Rags" (1997).

But it wasn't until his sophomore studio album, R&B/Hip-Hop Album No. 2, "400 Degreez," that made people take Cash Money seriously. One track from the album that shined through was Juve's anthemic Hot 100 top 20, "Back That Azz Up," which Young Money member, Drake revamps on "Practice," off "Take Care."

After remaining under the radar for most of 2011, the former Cash Money rapper returns to the game with his ninth studio LP, "Rejuvenation," on Dec. 13. Fans got caught up in a nostalgic trance when Juve's first single "Power," featuring Rick Ross and produced by Mannie Fresh, dropped, showcasing a vintage 'Nawlins flow many had forgotten. During rehearsals before his hometown show, The Juice pulled the seasoned MC away for an update on the forthcoming album, working with Drake and a Hot Boys reunion.

"Power" really turned a lot of heads when it hit the 'net.

I appreciate that man, thank you. That's Mannie, he's a master mind. It's a pleasure to have Mannie Fresh on the team. Sometimes he makes tracks that lead the way for me and this is one of them.

Whose idea was it to sample Snap's "Power"?

That was Manny's idea. A lot of cats hate on me for that but that was a classic. It's kind of amazing the way he took that from there and made it like this. I needed something to send to Rick Ross. That was something that he referenced to me.

A lot of your fans didn't really know the status of your relationship with Mannie.

You know what it was? We'd been bumping heads here and there, doing shows together but we never got a chance to sit down and really get in the studio until now. I'm glad that same man is now 85% on my new album. I think he was chillin' in Houston and I was chillin' in New Orleans and we [were] just doing two different things. I don't think of it as in "separate ways" or like that.

Was it your idea to get Rick Ross on "Power"?

I'm just a fan. I like real, real hip-hop - -when cats really rap, really rhyme and really put words together. I think he's one of them. Ross is in my top five best MCs [out] right now.

Who are the other four?

Right now: Ross, Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye [West], T.I.... that would round out my top five. There's not a lot of other cats [that] I put on that pedestal.

What does your upcoming album, "Rejuvenation," mean to you?

When you've been in this as long as I have, it's kind of hard to be observant you know. I'm not really judging albums like that. What I can say is that it's a real grown album. It's me being myself. I'm not trying to be anyone else. You know me, I'm a cat who's going be as creative as possible.

Are there any other big features on it that we can look forward to?

Drake, it's kind of a more flavorful thing. You know what's funny about that, I never heard the track. I actually went in blind and trusted Mannie. It's more like Drake going to do something and I'm gonna follow him on the song. There are other cats I've worked with like Lloyd, and Trey Songz, that's my guy. Before his career took off I did songs with Trey Songz.


The original Cash Money members have to be involved.
I'd have to get BG, Turk, Wayne and it would have to be like that.
"400 Degreez" was my album but it wasn't just me, it was all of us.


You've mentioned liking Drake's remake of Back That Azz Up".

Yeah, I think he killed his version. His version is more like an R&B song and my song is more like a club record. I think he was creative in taking it somewhere else. I ain't necessarily think he was going make the song exactly like me. It's like R&B with a rap twist.

Speaking of that record, have you ever thought about making a "400 Degreez Pt. II"?

You know what? I was waiting on Universal to come to the table [with] that one. We were talking about it last year. I don't want be the person to go and mess with something that's a classic and not do it justice. The original Cash Money members have to be involved. I'd have to get BG, Turk, Wayne and it would have to be like that. "400 Degreez" was my album but it wasn't just me, it was all of us. It was always a group effort.

It really showed people the struggle going on in Magnolia...

I don't think New Orleans thought that our music could have an impact on the way [of] life. When you're making music you're not trying to think that. You're tying to make some good songs. You're so hungry that you're trying to make a song that's overwhelming so that everybody likes you. That's what it's about. If you can convince people to love your hood and see the way you live and they become interested in the way you live, then you're doing something right.

What are the chances of a Hot Boys reunion?

I would love to do a Hot Boys reunion record. I talk to Baby here and there but it never comes up in the conversation. It's more like, 'How you doing? Is everything okay with you?' We never talk about that. It bothers me like it bothers everybody else. I would love to get a record out there for all the people that never knew anything about the Hot Boys; so they could hear how we sound. [But] It's out of my control.


2011 YMCMB Turkey Giveaway In New Orleans

Filmed by Derrick G; the YMCMB journalist

Calliope Var - Keep It 100 (Official Video)

Directed By Michael Shahin
Coming Soon GUETTO HERO 2.0 (December 13th)
Follow On Twitter @CalliopeVar

Lecture; Mannie Fresh in RBA ( Madrid 2011)

Lecture: Mannie Fresh (Madrid 2011) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

With a record catalog long enough to fill an encyclopedia, Mannie Fresh has basically been the sound of New Orleans hip hop for the past 25 years: producing hits for Nola staples like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Big Tymers, and bounce queen Cheeky Blakk among others.

In addition, his marching drum snare rolls and 808-heavy production trademarks have been picked up on and incorporated in the dirty south canon at large. In this lecture, hosted by Cocaineblunts' Andrew Noz, he touches on everything from his humble beginnings with local MC, Gregory D, to the Cash Money heydays, and his more recent approach to DJing

November 18, 2011

Raw D. I. aka Dizzy Announcement


Subject of the Message: FREE FEATURE
Deadline: 11/27

November 17, 2011

Hot Boy Ronald - Back Better Than Ever (Album)

2011 EZ Street Music Group

01 - Intro (feat. BlaqNMild)
02 - Fight in This Bitch!!!!
03 - F**k Like U Dance (feat. N.O.Mizzy)
04 - Beat It Up
05 - Smoke Somethin (feat. BlaqNMild & Poppa Blakk)
06 - Beenie Weenie
07 - Miss U (feat. BlaqNMild)
08 - Like That (feat. Ms Tee & Codac)
09 - Hating Ass N****s (feat. Choppa & Dank)
10 - Getting Ready
11 - Goon Walk
12 - Get Off Me
13 - I'm Bless
14 - Red Everything
15 - Pu$$y Pop
16 - I'm Dog
17 - Beenie Weenie (Remix) [Bonus Track] [feat. B.G., Skip & Codac)

B.G. - Hydro (In The Booth) 2003

of Dj Whoo Kid's - Hood Radio Vol. 1. (Track #6)

November 15, 2011

YMCMB Release Schedule

Mannie Fresh Accepts Drake's 'Back That Azz Up" Remake

When music from Drake's sophomore album, 'Take Care,' leaked earlier this week, the standard critique, buzz and discussion flooded the hip-hop universe. But there was one particular song that truly ignited chatter.

To say that 'Practice,' the emo Toronto MC's clever re-working of Juvenile's 1998 classic club workout 'Back That Azz Up,' was a surprise is an understatement. For starters Juve and the throwback track's groundbreaking producer Mannie Fresh both parted ways from Drake's current label home Cash Money Records under negative circumstances -- both claimed they were cheated out of money.

Yet Fresh, who has since made peace with his former label, is giving 'Practice' a thumbs up. "I feel like if there was any new artist on Cash Money that deserves to touch that song it's Drake," Fresh tells The BoomBox. "I met the brother a couple of times and he's been nothing but super cordial. I was DJing in New York and the dude came and rocked the party with me. So that meant a lot to me. I just felt like Drake didn't have to do that. We didn't talk about business... We just had a good time."

Fresh says what impressed him the most was Drake's humble request to use 'Back That Azz Up.'

"We spoke about it before he recorded the song," Fresh says of the evolution of the track. "I even sent him some beats. I know my history and business of it kind of makes it crazy because who he is signed with. But Cash Money reached out to me and handled their business in a professional way. Drake called and made sure to say, 'Get in touch with Mannie, give him whatever he wants and make sure the business is straight.' That's all I've ever asked for. I never had a problem with Cash Money. I just had a problem with the way they did business."

Fresh continues: "I feel like Drake is a different artist. I know he is signed to Cash Money, but I would not put him in the middle of my business with them. I'm big enough to say, "Yo, whatever happened between me and Cash Money should not affect what happens between me and Drake."

And according to Fresh, he still has love for the imprint now headlined by superstar rapper and Young Money mogul Lil Wayne. "I still feel like they are my brothers," he says. "We grew up together. There were things that happened that I didn't like, but I still consider [Birdman] and Ronald [Cash Money co-founder Ronald "Slim" Williams] my brothers. Regardless what anyone of us says -- Juve, B.G., Turk -- we still got Cash Money DNA."

As for the future, Fresh -- who in recent years has produced hits for the likes of T.I. ('Top Back') and Young Jeezy ('And Then What') -- is in the lab working on new music. He points to his latest banger, 'Power,' a recently released Juvenile track that features omnipresent rhyme giant Rick Ross.

"The crazy thing is the track is not one of my greatest songs," Fresh says of the song, which has garnered major press among hip-hop bloggers. "It's just that nobody is doing songs that sound like 'Power.' That's what makes it so good. Everything sounds the same right now on the radio, so let's just go a little different route. I feel good about how the fans have accepted me again. I'm trying to get an album out of Juvenile. There's more music to come."

November 14, 2011

Juvenile Interview @

Fans haven’t heard a lot from New Orleans rap vet Juvenile since he dropped Beast Mode last year. The former Cash Money marquee artist has watched his ex-Hot Boys rapping partner, Lil Wayne, ascend from being a role player on a heavyweight roster to arguably the biggest hip-hop star of the last few years. Most recently he’s witnessed, Weezy’s protégé, Drake, turn his 1998 smash single, “Back That Azz Up,” into an R&B song, on a track titled “Practice” off Drizzy’s forthcoming sophomore album, Take Care (hitting stores on November 15). XXL recently dialed up Juvie the Great, to find out his thoughts on the track, the new generation of Cash Money and what he’s been cooking up with fellow NOLA boy, Mystikal. Bounce to this! — Drake’s album leaked a couple days ago and he covers “Back That Azz Up.” Have you heard that yet?

Juvenile: Yeah, the crazy part is we still trying to get the business part together on that. But yeah, man, I’m aware of the record. I’m saddened that the record got leaked, but you know Drake’s a good guy. I’m just glad that there’s someone out there that appreciates my music and it’s not forgotten about. So I think it was a great thing. I just didn’t wanna see the album get leaked, though. That kind of hurt.

When did you first hear that record?

Maybe about a month ago. Universal reached out to me. We started going through the clearance process and stuff like that and when I heard it I was impressed because I really thought that “Back That Azz Up” was a hard song to remake and the fact that he took it somewhere else, I think it was big. I like that.

Word. Were you surprised to hear it as an R&B song?

Well, you know what, the record could be used a whole bunch of ways. It all depends on who the person is that does the remix. But I’m kind of flattered that it was Drake and that it’s an R&B song. I never pictured it to be used that way but he did a great job with it, man. And I’m quite sure that New Orleans, the people down here, are gonna do our own New Orleans remix version of it, so we’ll have another version that sound more like a bounce sound to it.

Did Drake ever reach out to you personally to do the song?

No, no, no. We know mutual folks and that’s how it went about. Nah, [but] that’s what’s kind of more flattering, somebody would like my music that much on his scale right now to remake one of my records. So I like that even more that he didn’t know me. And you know, in the future we gonna get to know each other.

A couple weeks back you told us that Drake is gonna appear on your new studio album.

That’s what we was doing. We was negotiating on this particular song and him appearing on my album.

Have you recorded that song yet?

Nah, dude’s been kind of busy with this project. You know he got that deadline, so I understand what’s been going on and he got a whole lot of people trying to do features before his album come out. My album is later than his.

So I’m pretty surprised nobody from that camp reached out to you, like Baby didn’t hit you up?

Nah, and I talk to Baby. I don’t know. I think Drake and .40 pretty much put the album together themselves. I don’t know what the process is over there ’cause I don’t be around them all the time. But I still have contact with Baby and them.

Switching topics, I know you are working on your new album now with Mannie Fresh. We’re lovin’ that “Power” joint. That beat is crazy. Do all of the beats have that feel or is it more of an old school Juvie and Mannie sound?

That was 10-12 years ago, man. Not only has the music industry changed, our lives changed. I try to give people music to relate to, where I’m at in life, and that’s what this album is basically about. I got a lot of stuff, man. I’m covering a lot of ground on this one.

It’s been a minute since people heard you. What have you been up to?

Well, you know the kids done got a little older now, so it’s at the stage where daddy gotta be around a little bit more than he used to be. Like they say, don’t make ’em if you not gonna take care of them right. My responsibility at home overwhelms me a little bit, but the good thing is I’m back making music. I got my own little personal studio down here in New Orleans so I’m always doing music—me, Skip and Wacko, we back in the studio together. We have another project that’s a follow up behind my [forthcoming] album. So we got a few things comin’ for this year and the next and I don’t plan on leaving for a minute. You know I don’t plan on leaving for a two-year or three-year stretch. I plan on being around dropping like two or three albums or mixtapes or what have you every year.

That’s good ’cause hip-hop missed you, man.

I love it. Sometimes it’s good to be missed ’cause you don’t know how much people miss you until you pop back up. They like ‘damn where you been?

Definitely. So I know along with you, Mannie is also working with Mystikal. There was that YouTube clip that popped up with you guys freestyling in the studio. Are you and Mystikal also working together?

Yeah, man. Matter of fact, we getting ready to do a mixtape right now.

Really? That’s dope. So you and Mystikal are working on a joint mixtape together, what are you gonna call it?

Well, it’s gonna be me. Mystikal, Wacko and Skip. We don’t have a title we just gonna start recording the songs and I guess then we gonna have a title and let one of these DJs come up with a title for us, or Mannie might come up with a title.

And Mannie’s doing all the beats on that one?

Of course.

That’s crazy!

I already got some of the beats. They’re bananas! Mystical is [also] on his shit right now.

Cool, so what about your album? Who have you worked with on it so far besides Mannie and I’m assuming Mystikal?

I’m waiting for a hook back from Lloyd right now; Bun B—that’s like basically it, man. Rick Ross and the Drake record and that’s basically it right now. I’m just getting my feet wet. You can’t expect me to have everybody on my album right now ’cause I been away for a minute but gradually as I work back in like I was I will have more songs ’cause I know that’s what’s happening right now everyone wanna hear they favorite artist with another artist and see how the song sounds together. I’m open to do songs with everybody, including Cash Money. I don’t want people thinking [there’s] something going on [between us]. We cool.

Speaking of which, what do you think of the new Young Money/Cash Money artists right now?

Amazing. Amazing. I’m impressed. You know they reigning. I put them at the top of the game and I put Ross at the top of the game too. I think they giving the industry what the industry really wanted, and what the industry needed and they filling that void right now. And they making good music and that’s what its really about so, I mean so if you not making good music, what you doing this for?

What do you think of Tha Carter IV?

I got all of Wayne’s albums. Wayne can make 1,000 albums, I’ma always feel like I’m a part of what he doing and he a part of what I’m doing. You know we started together so it’s always gonna be like that. We never had a friction. Everything between me and Cash Money was always business.


November 9, 2011

Nov. 16 Mannie Fresh @ Red Bull Academy (Madrid)



NEW SINGLE! Juve ft. Rick Ross - Power (Prod by Mannie Fresh)

Juvenile and the legendary Mannie Fresh reunite once again.
Different of other lead singles, 'Power' its a strong and powerfull album cut.
This is the second single of 'Rejuvenation'. Featuring Rick Ross and produced by Mannie Fresh

Mannie Fresh samples Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers “Ashley’s Roachclip”.

November 6, 2011

CMR/YME Release Schedule 2011 (Full Update!)


LIL WAYNE --------- THE CARTER IV ---------- AUGUST 29TH 2011
DRAKE -------------- TAKE CARE --------------- NOVEMBER 15TH 2011
BIRDMAN ----------- BIGGA THAN LIFE ------- NOVEMBER 22ND 2011
BOW WOW ---------- UNDERRATED ------------ DECEMBER 6TH 2011
TYGA --------------- CARELESS WORLD -------- DECEMBER 20TH 2011



- YMCMB "Cash Money Heroes"
- JAY SEAN "Freeze Time"
- BRISCO "Street Medicine"
- T. LOPEZ "I'm T. Lopez"
- JAE MILLZ "Nothing Is Promised"
- BIRDMAN & LIL' WAYNE "Like Father, Like Son 2"
- MACK MAINE "Maine 4 President"
- T-WAYNE "He Raps, He Sings"
- LIL' WAYNE "I'm Not A Human Being II"
- LIL' WAYNE "Rebirth II"
- CORY GUNZ "Son Of A Gun"

**All album release dates are subject to change**

November 5, 2011

November 4, 2011

Gar New Single "Its All About U"

Looks that after 10 years, Chopper City will release a official solo album of Gar.

October 31, 2011

2011 NOLA Hip Hop Awards (Winners List)

The 2nd annual NOLA Underground Hip Hop Awards show was held this past Saturday, Ocotober 8, at the House of Blues. Everyone showed up and showed out.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Hottest Male of the Year

Hottest Female of the Year
Allie Baby

Hottest New Artist of the Year
Heata Best

Hottest Group of the Year
Da U Boys

Hottest Lyricist of the Year
The Show

Hottest Producer of the Year
Monsta Beatz

Hottest Club DJ of the Year
EF Cuttin

Hottest Mix DJ of the Year
DJ Black N Mild

Hottest EP of the Year
Nesby Phips – The 3rd Side

Hottest Street Album of the Year
Dee-1 – I Hope They Hear Me, Vol. 2

Hottest Album of the Year
Lyrikill – More Heart, More Sole

Hottest Mixtape of the Year
Dappa – F-ck Outta Here

Hottest Collaboration of the Year
8-9 Boyz ft Kidd Kidd, Kango & Big Freedia – “More Than Friends”

Hottest Song of the Year
Dee-1 – “Blue”

Hottest Female Vocalist of the Year
Kourtney Heart

Hottest Male Vocalist of the Year
Rantz Davis

Hottest Videographer of the Year

Hottest Video of the Year
3D NaTee – Switch – (Dir. 3D NaTee)

Hustler of the Year

Hottest Blog of the Year
Urban Orleans

Hottest Bounce Artist of the Year
Sissy Nobby

Hottest Original Bounce Song of the Year
N.O. Meazy – “Cut Like Ya Ugly”

Congrats to all of the winners!

October 26, 2011

October 19, 2011

Mannie Fresh Interview @

Mannie Fresh Reveals Mystikal Project Has Stalled, He And Lil Wayne Are Talking, And Hot Boys Reunion Was Staged

Exclusive: Cash Money's former sound provider tells all to DX, including on where the rift between Cash Money and No Limit Records started, over an allegedly stolen hit hook.

There aren’t too many artists who have their name stamped on records from 1987 who can still claim “active” status in the 2011 Hip Hop scene, but Mannie Fresh has mastered the art of making his Bounce-based brand of Hip Hop sound contemporary in any era. From his early work providing the sonic foundation for the rhymes of New Orleans Rap pioneer Gregory D to his impressive tenure with Cash Money Records from 1993 to 2005, in which time he created the sound-beds to some of the most important songs in southern Hip Hop history, Fresh has lived up to his name and kept his sound from ever sounding stale.

But a half-decade removed from the last time he dominated the charts with creations for T.I., Young Jeezy, and both Baby and Lil Wayne (before splitting from CMR’s then last-men-standing due to reported royalty disputes), Mannie is growing impatient with waiting on both veteran and rookie artists to help him help them bring southern Hip Hop back to a position of respect within the culture (and not the derivative caricature that artists of all regions have adopted in recent years as their interpretation of what they think southern Hip Hop sounds and looks like).

And it was with an air of frustration, yet hopeful optimism, that Mannie Fresh spoke to HipHopDX for one of the most revealing conversations of the deejay/producer/rapper’s quarter-century long career. The man for whom Lil Wayne proudly declared “that’s my deejay” in 2004 revealed his standing seven years later with the spitter he helped groom for superstardom. Cash Money’s original aural architect also broke down some surprising New Orleans Hip Hop history, including the controversial origins of Master P’s “Bout It” breakthrough. During some of the most blunt commentary he has ever offered, Fresh additionally explained why he and Young Jeezy “bump heads,” why the reported Hot Boys reunion was “just a ploy,” and why working with Mystikal for the firey spitter’s much-anticipated comeback “is like pulling teeth.”

HipHopDX: I just wanna start off by noting that 10 years later the track for “Still Fly” still amazes me – that breakdown towards the end when you flip the Schoolly D, “Lookin’ at my Gucci,” line still sends shivers down my spine. [Laughs]

Mannie Fresh: Fa Sho. [Laughs] Thank you, dude. That’s alright. Shit, I’m glad it got that effect 10 years later.

DX: So is that the one, is “Still Fly” #1 in the Mannie Fresh production discography?

Mannie Fresh: Nah, man! I haven’t done #1 yet, believe it or not. I’m waiting for Hip Hop to come back. It’s in a crazy state right now. So, to me, I haven’t done #1 yet.

DX: You didn’t do #1 for Mystikal?

Mannie Fresh: I mean, when it’s something I feel like is equivalent to like an orgasm or some shit then I’ma know it’s #1. [Laughs]

DX: [Laughs] Well, it may not have been an orgasm, but please tell me Mystikal recorded to that one organ-driven track you played for him in your car – that one with the Al Green vocal sample on it.

Mannie Fresh: Truthfully, bruh, this is it. Like, to record with [Mystikal] is like pulling teeth. He’s a super talented dude, but you can’t get him to stand still for nothing. So it’s kind of been a hard process with me and Mystikal. But I know it’s gonna happen. And I know he gotta feed his family so he kind of all over the place doing shows. But, you know … it’s gonna happen, that’s all I can tell you.

DX: Can you tell me if y’all actually finished any songs?

Mannie Fresh: Yeah, we got some songs that’s finished. We got like a couple of songs that’s finished. But, to me, they not single-driven songs, they just good songs. I’m looking for that excellent song where I’m like, “I know that’s the one.”

DX: So can you let the HipHopDX readers know if you think you guys are gonna get it in again or if it’s sort of on - ?

Mannie Fresh: Oh yeah, we get it in. When time permits, whenever we in the same place, we definitely get it in. Like the thing that just happened, the little cipher with all of us together [that was videotaped]. So, we get it in, it’s more of … I’m a studio dude. I stay there 24 hours a day. But, it’s kind of like when you got somebody who like, “I got three hours,” and I’m like, “Dude, we actually need to build this song.” And the thing of it is, by Mystikal coming home [after being incarcerated since 2003], he kind of got on to the new age of how records are made. And I’m like, “I don’t work like that. I’m really not nobody who gonna send you a beat. I want my beat to complement what you saying.”

DX: Damn, this is just a little disappointing to hear ‘cause I thought like it’s about to be a Mannie Fresh-produced Mystikal album ….

Mannie Fresh: Well, like I’m saying, we have a gang of songs … but we need to sit down and stop [wasting time]. It’s one of them things where [we’re] gonna have to say like, “Hey dude, I’ma take off two weeks, you gonna take off two weeks, and let’s grind it out.” And the only reason why I’m saying this to you is because I really want him to hear it [from the fans], where it’s like, okay, now you got me on your back and you got the fans on your back.

DX: Yeah, it’s already been too long, you can’t wait any longer.

Mannie Fresh: That’s exactly what I mean

DX: Let’s take it back a bit real quick. Break down for the HipHopDX readers your history with Mystikal. ‘Cause a lot of folks mistakenly think because he ended up on No Limit [Records] and you was on Cash Money [Records] that meant y’all didn’t mess with each other.

Mannie Fresh: Nah! The crazy thing is everybody that was artists from Cash Money [Records] to No Limit [Records] knew each other. We grew up in the same circle of doing music. … The two heads of those labels was the people that was beefin’. The artists were never beefin’. But it was just that ‘cause that was your side you had to go with your side. Shit, I been knowing Mystikal before he even made his first record.

DX: Yeah, I didn’t know till Juvenile told me last year that he’s the one who actually took Mystikal to Precise, who signed him to Big Boy [Records].

Mannie Fresh: Yeah. But he had a deal before that – Well, he ain’t have a deal, he had a local record out before that with the dude [KLC]. And KL seen it. Me and KL deejayed in the same club when we was young. And, Mystikal used to hang around the spot. And he just had this style – what he’s doing now – that was like, “Wow. Damn, that’s it! That’s something nobody never heard of.” So the first song that he got put on, it was more of KL hooked him up. Because, KL was the dude who was like, “Man, y’all listen to this dude, pay attention to him.”

DX: I didn’t know you and KL was in a – like, you deejayed together, that’s crazy.

Mannie Fresh: Yeah, we deejayed before either of us was making records. We was deejaying in the same club.

DX: N.O. Hip Hop was crazy interconnected originally. A lot of people don’t know you started your career with another No Limit soldier, Mia X, in a crew called New York Incorporated.

Mannie Fresh: Yeah! Dude, Mac, that was on No Limit, I pretty much raised Mac. He’s in jail right now, but Mac was signed to No Limit. But if you go back and you watch … a video called “I Need Wheels.” Mac was probably ninr, 10-years-old in that video, on his first record

DX: So you produced on his first album, you was down with Mia, so just out of curiosity, how come you didn’t end up on No Limit yourself?

Mannie Fresh: Well, Cash Money was formed before No Limit. No Limit was kinda like … This is the real story of it. [Master] P was out in California. His company was not even started in New Orleans. It was started in [Richmond], California. And, it was one of them [situations where] he came down to visit [New Orleans in 1995] and Cash Money had this song called “[Nigga I’m] Bout It” out. And “Bout It” was like the hottest song on the streets. So basically he took – this is where all the beef started at – he took the slogan, “Bout it,” and ran with it. It was already a local song that Cash Money had out from a group, U.N.L.V. And it was like the hottest song out at the time. So, he was on some ol’ like, “I’m just visiting from California,” [but then] ran with the idea and didn’t say thank you or nothing. And the whole “Bout It Bout It” [by TRU] thing started his whole legacy. So that was the beef, because everybody was like, “Well damn dude, that wasn’t yours to take. That belonged to Cash Money.”

DX: Wow, I didn’t know that. You produced “Bout It” [for U.N.L.V.]?

Mannie Fresh: Yeah.

DX: Was it similar to the same track [as TRU’s KLC-produced song]? I haven’t heard the original.

Mannie Fresh: No, it wasn’t similar to the same track, but it was just that that slogan was such – it was like “whoadie” at the time. It was like when we started saying whoadie, the world started saying whoadie. And you know when you got something. They knew they had something [with saying] “bout it.” And everybody was like, “Damn, that’s the slogan.” Like, all throughout Louisiana. And all of a sudden, now you got somebody who just [like], “Oh, shit. I can take this and run with it and make it worldwide. And I ain’t even gonna tell y’all, ‘Thank you.’”

DX: Wow, wow, you droppin’ some history here. So you know this is the part of the interview where we segue into the Cash Money stuff. I don’t wanna make you rehash like 15 years of history, but I do wanna kinda get some final clarification on just what really happened with the Big Tymers, if y’all fell out really over royalties or there was more to it?

Mannie Fresh: Yeah, all of that: royalties, loyalties, all of that. That could go on for forever [breaking that down]. But it’s the same situation that you hear [about business relationships ending] everyday: over money, over what’s right morally and all of that.

DX: I mean, maybe it’s not my business, maybe it’s nobody’s business, but did you ever just go to him like, “Why?” “Why the fuck are you messing this up?” Like, “Why?”

Mannie Fresh: Yeah. I’ve had that situation even recently like, “Dude, was that all really worth that?” And on top of that, if you had an opportunity to fix it, why won’t you fix it? Like, is it that crucial? I would say this, if I did do something dude, and I’m a human being, even if it took me five years I owe you an apology. And it was never an apology for it. Okay, you can’t give me possibly what you owe me, ‘cause that’s way too much, but you can start with an apology. Just by like [saying], “You know what, dude? That was my bad.”

DX: I thought – from an outsider’s perspective – that the apologetic gesture was gonna be the Hot Boys reunion. Last time I spoke with Juvenile he kinda got a little aggy actually when I went into my Hot Boys reunion questions.

Mannie Fresh: Well, I always did say that’s not happening. It was just a ploy; it was just something to make them look good at the time. It was like, okay, we saying this, but I’m like, “How are y’all saying this, and y’all not getting in touch with nobody about it?” It’s like asking somebody something in an interview and you don’t know how to dodge that question ‘cause the next question might be the same thing you asking me. Like, “Well, dude, okay, if it ain’t gonna be that, then how you gonna straighten out things with these people?” So the easiest way to get out of that is like, “Yeah, we working on it, we doing it.”

DX: So am I just reading too much into it, or was that on-stage reunion [in June] with Wayne at Bonnaroo a little awkward, a little uncomfortable?

Mannie Fresh: Nah, not really, because I still talk to [Lil] Wayne. I talked to dude like three days ago. I called him because he made a step that was so important to Hip Hop – I don’t know if you seen his latest YouTube video, where he’s telling the kids don’t do what he do, and the reason why he drunk syrup was because he thought [that since] we all grew up like that, we all grew up on UGK, and he thought it was the cool thing to do, so that’s why he did it. And he understands now that there’s a lot of people that’s following dude and doing what he does. And he was being sincere. Like, he said some cool shit, and I was just like, “Wow.” So I called him myself and was like, “Hey dude, I’m proud of you. I’m super-proud of you for what you said and what you did.” Because, you know, if I said that during our little reign when we was there it was taken as like, “Dude, you soft. You being soft right now.” And I’m like, “Dude, this shit is real right now. It’s kids that do everything that we do.” I’m not saying like my credibility is shot, or even losing credibility, by telling you like, dude, this is only entertainment. Don’t get it twisted.

DX: Yeah, you would think that’d be obvious in 2011, but … [Laughs]

Mannie Fresh: Well, shit, look at how weird kids are dressing. That’s all it take is one kid to do something crazy and everybody got on stockings and a little bitty-ass shirt.
Mannie Fresh Breaks Down Approach To Working With Young Jeezy

DX: [Laughs] Oh, man. Well, I’m not gonna ask you any more Wayne shit. I know folks wanna know if you’re ever gonna produce anything for Wayne again, but shit, I wanna know if you’re ever gonna do anything for [Young] Jeezy or T.I. again too?

Mannie Fresh: I just sent some stuff to [T.I.]. And … I love [Young] Jeezy. I think he’s a good artist, but it’s time for Jeezy to show growth. So, that’s kinda like where me and Jeezy bump heads at. And it’s supposed to be that, he’s supposed to have his opinion and I’m supposed to have my opinion, and we still can be friends and we still can hang out. But, basically what I see is – It’s like, if I present some songs to Jeezy, it’s not the songs that he’s looking for. He like, “Dude, I want that shit that’s like right now.” And I’m like, “Dude, but if you hired me to do something,” and I’m telling you, I’m like, “Hey bruh, I wanna give you what it sound like right now but it’s time for you to get on another train. You gotta show some growth.”

DX: That’s what I thought was so great about “And Then What.” Like, it was you and him. It was like a perfect blend.

Mannie Fresh: In all honesty, let me just tell you the situation, when “And Then What” was made Jeezy already had a street appeal, but “And Then What” put him on the national appeal. But then it was guys in the room going like, “Some of that shit that Mannie do is kinda corny, bruh. You a gangsta.” So when you hear that this is my six friends telling me, “You don’t need to do another one with him, because that ain’t really what you represent.” And I’m like, “Dude, that’s the song that everybody know. How you let somebody talk you out of [doing something else with me]?”

DX: Wow. Yeah, that’s shocking to hear. I’d think you’d want that over and over again.

Mannie Fresh: Dude, and on top of that, what I truly, truly love about Mannie Fresh [is] everybody accepts Mannie, ‘cause Mannie gonna keep it 100% Mannie. He ain’t gonna try to be nothing that’s not him. So, that’s why I think around the board Mannie Fresh works. Like, Mannie Fresh works with Asians, White folks, Black folks, whatever.

DX: I’m from Cincinnati, so I was raised on The Isley Brothers. [But] I was amazed though still that Mannie Fresh was the one that did [UGK’s] “The Pimp & The Bun” .

Mannie Fresh: Yeah! And I’m so open to doing new stuff and trying out stuff, but in this era we have artists that’s like, “Man, I’m not gonna do nothing [different]. I’m gonna try to keep it safe.” And I’m like, “Dude, shit, how many songs can we have with fuckin’ hi-hats and snares?” This is gonna sound crazy, but it needs to be said: It’s a million songs that sound like Mannie did ‘em coming from the South. And that’s not me just patting myself on my back. It’s to the point of where I’m sick of hearing that shit. [Laughs] And I get kids that tell me all the time, young producers that’s like, “Man, I grew up on your style. Shit, I like everything you did: your snare rolls, your 808s that do notes and all that.” And I’m like, “Dude, I like that shit too, but I don’t wanna hear a whole album of that.” When people hired me to do that, it was for a single purpose. Like, okay, I’m making the single. But, if you had to have me make an album – and believe me, it’s work that I’ve turned down because now nobody don’t play they role. The artist wanna be the producer, the producer wanna be the artist, and it’s just like, dude, we can’t really get this done if you don’t let me do what I do, and vice versa.

DX: So, if you’re having these difficulties with I guess you can call ‘em the mainstream cats, what are you doing right now just to keep working?

Mannie Fresh: I deejay []. I deejay my ass off, dude. Like, I’m all over the place these days. That’s what I started from, and that’s where I’m at right now. And, the cool thing about the deejay game is it tells you everything that’s going on in music, what people liking. Before the Bonnaroo thing was sold as it was a reunion for me and Wayne, really I was hired to deejay at Bonnaroo. It just so happens he was there as well as me.

DX: Yeah, people don’t know Mannie Fresh been on them one’s and two’s since Jheri curls and John Stockton shorts. [Laughs]

Mannie Fresh: And I can tell you what’s super, super crazy to me right now: I’ve deejayed in New York maybe four or five times … and New York is the south now. [Laughs] It’s like, they don’t wanna hear nothing but southern songs. It is crazy, because I’m thinking like, I’m going to New York, I got all my gems, my Hip Hop classics, and you play some Mobb Deep and everybody looking at yo’ ass like, “What the fuck? Dude, play Ludacris.” And that’s [like], Wow, what happened? … But you know what it is? It’s more so this generation ain’t concerned with nothing, they the now generation. They don’t wanna do no homework for nothing, they don’t wanna know nothing about the past, none of that shit.

DX: So, I mean, are you trying to groom like new cats? Are you even bothering with the youngn’s?

Mannie Fresh: There’s a young cat who I [been] doing some songs for – and he’s on the cipher [video] with Mystikal – the dude named The Show. He’s from New Orleans. He’s a very lyrical dude. He’s that J. Cole dude of New Orleans. But, we sitting on the car, right? And Public Enemy come on, and he was just like, “Man, what the fuck is that?” He was like, “That’s the noisiest, dumbest shit I’ve ever heard.” And I mean when I tell you he offended like four old school dudes [to the point where] they wanted to fight him – They was like, “What the fuck you mean, ‘What is that?’” [Laughs]

DX: [Laughs] Wow. You remember what song it was? Like, “Welcome To The Terrordome” or something?

Mannie Fresh: Yeah, it was like “Welcome To The Terrordome” or something and he was just like, “Man, what is all that noise and shit?” And I was like, “Dude, you never heard Public Enemy?” And he was just like, “Man, all the shit they made was just loud and crazy.” And I was just like, “Wow.”

DX: So final question: What’s the next step for Mannie Fresh; what’s on deck for your 25th year in the game?

Mannie Fre
sh: Well, my next step is – truthfully, I’m looking for that new generation in music. And I got a couple of little cats. And we gonna work from the bottom to the top. We gonna work hard at it. I think that’s the only way it’s gonna last. Not saying I wouldn’t take a deal, but I don’t need a deal. I’d rather work for it. And that’s my next step. I would love for it to be Mystikal, and Juvenile, to start out with, but I’ve learned my lessons like … I’m passionate about this, and I don’t wanna wait for nobody. That’s where I’m at right now. I do not wanna wait for nobody, because time is passing me by. I’m older now, so I can’t sit around and say, Well, when you really ready, Mystikal, I’ma be ready. I’m like, “Dude, from all the response that people have given us from blogs and all that, that shit should make you ready.”

And what I’m saying is … there’s a lot of people that miss southern Hip Hop – the quality southern Hip Hop. They like, “What the fuck, dude, what are y’all doing? When are y’all putting these records out?” And believe me, I get bombarded with that question all the time. I could be in Burger King and it’ll be somebody that’s like, “Dude, what the fuck is wrong with you and Mystikal? What y’all doing?” And I’m like, “Dude, I’m ready to work.”