Mannie Fresh is known to fans and throughout the music industry as an amazing producer, artist, and entertainer but he started out as one of the best DJs in New Orleans and he is now returning to his musical roots. The multiplatinum, Grammy nominated producer responsible for creating hits (for UGK, Trina, Gucci Man, The Notorious B.I.G. and of course Cash Money) is now back to spinning full time, moving the crowd and DJing in clubs across the country. In between his DJing duties he is still making it happen in studios with Kanye, Bun B. Drake and the iconic Dr. Dre.
Mannie’s first exposure to the entertainment business was over a decade ago in 1984. As a member of New York Incorporated, Mannie and his rap crew were responsible for some of the best parties in the city. As their fame grew Mannie caught the attention of rapper Gregory D and they formed a rap duo. They were quickly signed to RCA and released an album in 1992 entitled The Real Deal. Rap fans in the Big Easy fell in love with the album but it didn’t make much noise on a national level. Even though the group didn’t work out Mannie and Gregory D split but remained friends and soon another opportunity came along. Brian “Baby” Williams offered Mannie a chance to join his fledging crew Cash Money. Working with Baby, and other Cash Money members Lil Wayne, Juvenille and BG they created an impressive discography of hits and rode a wave of success straight to the top of the charts.