News: Mannie Fresh On Slain New Orleans Rap Icon: "He Took Rap To A Whole Other Level"

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 12:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh recently paid homage to the memory of slain New Orleans hip-hop artist Soulja Slim ten years after his passing.

In Fresh's opinion, Soulja Slim was a local hero for New Orleans and its music scene.

"He was just somebody who took rap to a whole other level," Mannie Fresh says during a phone call with XXL. "You knew all his raps and most of the stories he was saying was true to life. It was a real experience." Fresh, who worked with Slim during their Cash Money days, called Slim one of the few "tell-it-like-it-is" rappers in the game, something that was lost after Slim died at the age of 26. "With Hurricane Katrina and all that kind of stuff happening, you needed somebody to rally for your city, to tell that story," Fresh says. "Since Hurricane Katrina, we didn't really have nobody that said, 'I'm gonna tell New Orleans' story, and I'm gonna stick to New Orleans.' And what I do admire most about Slim was that he was not a follower. He kept it New Orleans." (XXL Mag)

Mannie also admitted Soulja was just on the verge of reaching mainstream attention.

"It was truly sad; you knew the potential of what this young kid could have been," Fresh remembers about the day Slim was killed. "And he was just starting to blow, the world was just starting to pay attention to him. And you knew where he was headed. It was a sad moment in hip-hop. Even right now, that music is timeless. If you drop a Magnolia Slim song in New Orleans, they rally for that." (XXL Mag)

Fellow New Orleans rapper Kidd Kidd named Slim his pick for SOHH Underrated last year.

"I'm from New Orleans, so I gotta go with Soulja Slim. Rest in peace, Soulja Slim. He was the realest rapper. I live in the same city he lived in and I see what he was about, and not on no rap sh*t I'mma go with Soulja Slim and I'mma say why: Because I feel like he didn't get a chance to make his mark on the game. He didn't get a chance to show everybody, meaning the world, the same stuff that we know down here in New Orleans. I feel like if he woulda did that, he would really changed the game. Being from New Orleans, now it's all on me to do that. Now they look at me like, "You a Soulja Slim" and that just come from being a real dude and taking that to the rap game. So Soulja Slim, definitely. Soulja Slim all day for most underrated." (SOHH Underrated)

Former Cash Money artist Juvenile previously dished out his love for SS.

"That was my 'Pac," Juvenile said of the New Orleans rap icon who was slain in 2003. "I told him that all the time: 'I think you're the greatest rapper in the world. It's a lot of things you just gotta straighten out outside of that.' " (MTV)

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