Former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh divulged on the depression he experienced after the death of a family relative, and how close he was to quitting the music business.
According to Fresh, he recently reconsidered his lifestyle and music content.
“For those that don’t know, I had a tragedy with my sister, it set me back dude,” Mannie revealed in an interview. “I’m not going to even lie to you. It made me think about some of the things I was saying on records and some of the things I was doing and everything, so it kind of put me in a funny place. For the longest, I didn’t even feel like doing music, and during one of my interviews this interviewer asked me, ‘What would your sister want you to do?’ It was just a revelation to me, and I was like ‘Yeah, what would she want me to do? You know what this is what I was born to do, like what am I doing?’ I feel like it’s a rebirth of Mannie, with technology and everything and with things like Twitter what people are saying is incredible.” (Baller Status)
Mannie said his sister’s 2007 passing caused him to take his time and ease back into music.
“I’ve been healing; it’s taken me a long time to even want to do interviews. Contents of my song, I was that dude that was glorifying certain things, but when death come knocking at your door, it makes you change your mind. It’s time for growth, for me to say something of substance, to man up basically.” (Baller Status)
The producer’s sister was fatally shot in November 2007.
Mannie Fresh’s sister, Angela Bryant, was shot and killed Wednesday night in her New Orleans home, according to local TV affiliate WWLTV. Police reportedly said the 42-year-old mother’s two young children were present but not physically harmed. Authorities said Bryant, whose body was discovered early Thursday morning, was murdered between 10 p.m. and midnight, according to WWLTV. Her black 1998 Lexus LS 400 reportedly went missing after the murder. (MTV)
Fresh is most known for pioneering the Cash Money Records sound as the group’s main producer.
Mannie Fresh is currently an artist and hip-hop producer who records for Def Jam South. He is probably most famous for his time producing tracks for Cash Money Records from 1993 to 2005, and one half of the hip-hop duo, the Big Tymers with Birdman. In 2005, he split from Cash Money for financial reasons, and later joined Def Jam South, to which he is currently signed. (The New York Times)
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