News: Mystikal Turns Blind Eye To Mannie Fresh's Cash Money Records Beef

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 9:07AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Newly signed Cash Money Records artist Mystikal is not letting tensions between producer Mannie Fresh and his new record label throw him off, admitting he is most concerned with making quality music.

Despite a rift between ex-Cash Money artist Mannie Fresh and Birdman, Mystikal said he is going to continue making the best quality music regardless of who he teams with.

It's no secret that the Cash Money CEO isn't keen on working with his former Big Tymers groupmate, as he told XXLMag.com, but after his release from prison, Mystikal hit the studio with Fresh. "I did some hot tracks with him, when I first came home, like some mixtape kinda stuff. We just ain't ever released it yet," Mystikal said on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." "Me and Mannie, we have about five under our belt right now, so I'm just tryin'a keep it movin'," he continued. "I got what I need from KLC, the Beats by the Pound stuff. Lord, it's gonna be an awesome album," he said of his upcoming Original LP. As far as the rift between the #1 Stunna and Fresh, Mystikal says that has nothing to do with him. He also maintains that he is able to separate his business from the personal. "What I do with Mannie is what I do with Mannie, what I do with my company is with the company," he said. (MTV)

In January, Fresh detailed his issues with Birdman and Cash Money.

"We still have money issues. We will always have them, as long as Cash Money is selling anything that has Mannie Fresh on it. 'Til this day, I'm like, "Dude, what's going on? Where are the statements for this?" There's always some kind of complication, that's all I can say," Fresh said in an interview. "Everybody has to get paid. It would be something large if Cash Money did a tour with the first generation of artists, but with everything that's happened, we need money upfront and on top of that we all need our own attorneys. You don't get my money and pay me-I get my money directly." (Billboard)

Last November, he blamed Cash Money for botching a potential longstanding relationship with Def Jam.

"I got this deal with Def Jam through Jay-Z," Fresh said during the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid. "Jay-Z reached out, he was like, 'I'll do a deal with you. You come to Def Jam and you do your thing. And I'm over there and I talk to Lil Wayne. I'm like, 'Hey dude, I got a deal with Def Jam and they pretty much are going to give me my situation, do what I want to do.' They were like, 'Just deliver a big song.' So I go to Lil Wayne, he does the song with me and soon as I get ready to put it out, Cash Money shuts it down. They were just like, 'Nah, you didn't get permission from us to do that.' And I'm like, 'Wow, it's really that serious? That's kinda ugly of y'all to do that.' And I'm like, 'Wayne agreed to do the song.' And they were like, 'Well, Wayne can't speak for Wayne. We speak for Wayne.' ... So that was a learning lesson for me and it kind of gave Def Jam a salty taste too because they was just like, 'Every time we do something, if it's going to get shutdown, we really don't want to do this with you.'" (Red Bull Music Academy)

Back in 2010, Mannie opened up on his issues with label boss Birdman.

"This is why Mannie Fresh don't f*ck with [Cash Money] because he never got any royalty money," he said in an interview. "That's why Baby can go around flaunting this cash, because that's everyone else's money... It's not even Wayne's fault. Wayne is not getting money. He is given money, he's not getting money. If Baby gets a million dollars he'll buy Wayne a Phantom, but that's in Cash Money's name. That 14-bedroom mansion isn't Wayne sh*t. That's why he have his own company, because he was trying to leave Cash Money and the only thing that would keep him there was [if they] gave him his own thing. But Baby still controls that. All those Young Money artists don't even know that they not getting royalty money." (VIBE)

Check out Mannie Fresh speaking on Cash Money below:

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