News: Mannie Fresh Tells Lil Wayne To "Watch Your Steps" [Video]
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 12:10PM
Former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh has shared words of wisdom to Lil Wayne in light of his recent release from his eight-month jail stint.
Mannie said it was vital for Wayne to realize his mistakes and move forward.
"I would say, get on your knees and pray first, before anything," Mannie said when asked what advice he could give Wayne since his release from jail this month. "I don't wish harm on nobody, you was put in there, I guess, to look at it like it's one of God's lessons, to learn that you 'can' be touched. Don't take it for granted, take it as a lesson and build on it as a career. Be a bigger and better man -- move on [with] life, and you know, watch your steps, watch what you do." (400 Life)
The producer also pointed out why rappers are being targeted by law enforcers.
"Hip-Hop rules America right now, so you're a target," Mannie added. "Any cat that's got something to do with hip-hop, I mean, hip-hop is a billion dollar business. So if you're controlling kids from different minorities or whatever races -- you're gonna be a target and you have to take responsibility, look at it as a business. It's not a game -- what's going on with young, black artists? Y'all are targets and if y'all don't see it by now, I don't even know what to say." (400 Life)
Southern rapper Bun B recently reflected on Wayne's release.
"I'm just hoping that whatever demons were on him and following him when he went inside, I hope that he left those demons inside that h*ll hole," Bun said in an interview. "Whatever it was he may have felt held him back or anything that may have kept him in situations he didn't need to be in based on the person he is in this world. I hope whatever it is that was holding him back inside of him, leave all that sh*t inside the hole he just crawled out of. He's in the free world now. He is the biggest star on the planet and it's time for him to let himself be received." (VIBE)
Former United States President Bill Clinton also said he hoped Wayne would make smarter life choices after jail.
"I'll tell you what I think about that, I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me but I think, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip-hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart," Clinton said in an interview. "She said, 'Daddy, you need to listen. A lot of these people are smart.' This guy's smart and he's got ability and he's got a new chance now and what I hope is it's not just something to brand him as a cool guy but that it'll never happen to him again. I think a lot of these people, they don't get successful as in any other area of life by being really dumb. They're really smart but a lot of them had tough lives and they think it's almost cool to get in trouble every now and again or they don't know how to stay out. What I hope will happen is that he has a good life now." (Kiss Morning Freak Show)
Check out Mannie Fresh's interview below: