Mannie Fresh talks G.O.O.D. Music liaisons, meeting Dr. Dre & Mystikal’s Cash Money move


Iconic Southern Hip Hop producer Mannie Fresh speaks candidly about his respect for Big K.R.I.T., working with Dr. Dre and being humbled by the legendary beatsmith and his time with Cash Money Records, in a recent interview with HipHopDX. Knowing that Mannie had recently spent sometime in the lab with Kanye West and the G.O.O.D. Music familia, Paul W. Arnold also questions him regarding rumours that he may be close to signing a deal over at the house Yeezy built.

DX: Going back to that [tour] clip, you’re seen in there giving a nice little motivational speech to the G.O.O.D. Music fam. So does this mean you’re officially G.O.O.D. Music in-house yourself now?

Mannie Fresh: Well, we working that out. I’m kind of funny about signing with people. Dude, I’ve been through so much. And I’m not saying I think Kanye is a bad person, but I can’t tell you what that is right now. It’s really on me, and what space I’m in. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t do it, but it’s gotta be something that makes sense for me.

The former Cash Money in-house production beast also revealed that Ye’ could have been an in-house Cash Money beatsmith himself…

DX: A little history question here: Is it true that Kanye tried to get on with Cash Money before he got down with Roc-A-Fella?

Mannie Fresh: Yeah, he did. And that’s how far we go back. It’s a blessing when you are good people. When Kanye first came around, I let him use my equipment. I didn’t know him from a can of paint. I just thought he was a talented dude. And I was like, “Here dude, you can use my MPC, my keyboards, whatever you need to do.” And that came back around by him reaching out right now.

He told me one of his stories [from when he was at Cash Money Records], he was like, “I called back home and I was like, ‘Dude, I’m using Mannie Fresh’s equipment, y’all a never believe this.’” So it’s like I said, you never know who is gonna be that guy.

DX: Do you remember what happened there, why that didn’t work out …?

Mannie Fresh: It was more of like Kanye knew back then what he wanted, the situation that he was looking for and all of that. The dude, Mikkey [Halsted], stayed. Mikkey [ended up] signed to Cash Money, but both of them came together. Kanye came as Mikkey’s producer and they was trying to sign together.

Read the rest of the interview over at HipHopDX.