Former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh recently spoke on his past problems with the record label and said he was unfairly paid.
Fresh said his main issues with owners Baby and Slim were based on money.
“I did albums for Cash Money, I didn’t do singles, I did whole albums for Cash Money, and at the end of the day I’m saying I wasn’t paid for albums so its like you’re doing 10 songs and somebody pays you for 1. What would that be equivalent to? I just said hey this is an example of what it would be equivalent to and its no secret that everybody know why I left Cash Money. We’re on speaking terms now but truth be told, yeah it was behind money, everybody know what it was…In truth, I will work with them again based on this, if they cut the check. Its not going to be based on just some words but we done talked about that, we done been there and by the grace of God, we ain’t enemies, none of us hate each other but business is business and that was a hard lesson for me to learn. I was in love with doing music, I wasn’t paying attention to my business so I’m not even going to say that was all Cash Money’s fault that was my fault as well but I was a young dude that didn’t know any better. So now that I know better, I’m not going to plug in my scene with out doing business and I got my beats and my paper work right.” (All Hip Hop)
Last May, Lil Wayne‘s Carter III co-producer Bangladesh aired out his problems with Cash Money.
“This is why Manny 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)
Mannie later came forward and justified Bang’s frustration.
“Well, I wouldn’t want that for nobody,” Fresh said in an interview. “It’s a slimy business is all I can say. It’s not just him — they got four or five lawsuits from Lil Wayne’s last album. On my way leaving out I said everybody can’t be wrong but I don’t wish that for nobody. I been in that place before and I know why Bangladesh feels that way. His life depends on it so it’s like if you sold all these units then give me my money…Now, when something serious comes up and you think they got your money but they don’t — that’s an eye opener for you. It was a learning lesson more than anything. Homeboy’s business is never good. It’s like having a friend and thinking you can trust them to do something. You should entrust your money the right way. Money makes everybody evil when you think about it.” (XXL Mag)
“Lollipop” producer Jim Jonsin recently filed a lawsuit against Wayne over unpaid work.
The producer of Lil Wayne’s hit “Lollipop” is suing the rapper for $500,000 over the track. Weezy is currently serving a prison sentence for gun possession but that still hasn’t stopped him getting into trouble. Jim Jonsin claims he hasn’t earned any money from the smash single – which was released back in 2008 and went to number one in the US. Jonsin produced Lollipop and is credited as a co-writer. (MTV UK)
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