Top 78 Mannie Fresh Quotes

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“With time, everything changes. I know I’m not the same person who I used to be. I totally get that.”

― Mannie Fresh

“A lot of artists are scared when they see trumpet players show up – they like, ‘Nah, that ain’t what I want.’ I try to tell them, ‘Dude, I’ll give you trademark Mannie Fresh, but it’s not about keyboards and a drum machine.’”

― Mannie Fresh

“When a lot of people are calling it a night at 2 A.M., New Orleans is coming alive.”

― Mannie Fresh

“’Chopper City in the Ghetto,’ real talk, it’s what changed Cash Money from a Bounce label to a Rap label.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I always felt like the trumpet or trombone player was always the coolest dude in the room.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Hey, you gotta love a gangsta girl. Even the suburban and preppy girls wanna be gangsta girls. That’s the whole gimmick to it. Everybody wants to be a gangsta girl.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The cool thing about G.O.O.D. Music is it’s a bunch of great ideas, and I’m one of those ideas.”

― Mannie Fresh

“If you stay around good people, then they’ll look out for you.”

― Mannie Fresh

“With Dr. Dre, he’s a perfectionist. A lot of people ask why ‘Detox’ is taking so long. It’s because Dre is somebody that is trying to top what he’s done. Will he do it? I don’t know if he ever will, but I respect that he’s trying to do so. You have to wait for a masterpiece.”

― Mannie Fresh

“It’s weird being a DJ and you have a playlist of your own songs that you could hold it down for an hour.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I thank God I’ve never burned no bridges with nobody, and when it’s time for me to call in my favors, they’re coming.”

― Mannie Fresh

“’Chopper City in the Ghetto’ – a lot of it was B.G.’s real story.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’m saying nobody’s got the guts to be a J. Cole. Nobody’s got the guts to be a Kendrick Lamar. We need more of them… Everybody wants to go the easy route.”

― Mannie Fresh

“You had Cash Money: that was just the flashy dudes. Like I said, you had different genres of rap, and we were just one of them. So that’s how we fit in. What makes it all confusing – and this is where it’s the gift and the curse – we never set out for hip-hop to turn into just something flashy. That was just our thing. It wasn’t everybody’s thing.”

― Mannie Fresh

“B.I.G. was like the Alfred Hitchcock of rap. Like, this dude’s story form was so nuts.”

― Mannie Fresh

“For those from my era, my age, that 2Pac vs. Biggie war will go on forever about who is the greatest. But I was more of a Biggie dude.”

― Mannie Fresh

“There will never be another Biggie ever again.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I don’t bash Cash Money, Birdman, or none of them.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’m too old to be making dis songs.”

― Mannie Fresh

“When ‘And Then What’ was made, Jeezy already had a street appeal, but ‘And Then What’ put him on the national appeal.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’ve got different drum machines that I use for different things, but I think the older ones are always the best when it comes down to getting that 808 bass.”

― Mannie Fresh

“When I know it’s like a bass song, I gotta go with my SP-1200.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Flow Tribe is a great bunch of New Orleans guys who have that funkiness to them.”

― Mannie Fresh

“If you know Down South production, Roland 808 is in almost everything.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Even before anybody liked the 808, Mannie Fresh was on the 808.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I can see how paperwork and foolishness can destroy something.”

― Mannie Fresh

“That’s what I’m tryin’ to achieve. I want to be a heavyweight in this game, and I’m tryin’ to get the big money. By the same token, the title ‘Big Money Heavyweight’ applies to everybody in the world. That’s what everybody’s tryin’ to achieve.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Music is all I know.”

― Mannie Fresh

“There’s been enough building of fences with labels trying to categorize artists, limiting artists’ ability to be themselves.”

― Mannie Fresh

“My dad is my biggest fan.”

― Mannie Fresh

“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.”

― Mannie Fresh

“We recorded ‘Chopper City in the Ghetto’ in a house that we was living in.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The streets buy records, but they don’t really buy records in incredible numbers.”

― Mannie Fresh

“When a movie based on a book comes out, people always say that the book is always better than the movie. So I’m always interested in reading the book, too.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The reason that I like ‘Game of Thrones’ is because it’s based on all these royal families. And it’s cutthroat – just like hip-hop. It’s all about positioning and figuring out who’s going to last.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I get most of my reading done whenever I’m in the airport waiting on a flight, have some time to kill, and I have a book with me.”

― Mannie Fresh

“’Macbeth’ is one of those books that demand all of your attention.”

― Mannie Fresh

“New Orleans just embraces people who love music.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’ve always found some way to kind of incorporate second-line music in what I did.”

― Mannie Fresh

“All throughout Cash Money, I never abandoned the SP 1200. At the end of the day, I still use my SP 1200 ’cause I like the way the drums sound.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I always say that I’m a hip-hop fan, and I’m definitely a Drake fan.”

― Mannie Fresh

“What made ‘400 Degreez’ great is that Juvenile already had those raps. He already knew them. It was something that he knew every one of those raps.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The whole ‘400 Degreez’ album was inspired by what Outkast was doing, Organized Noize. That was what I was listening to around that time.”

― Mannie Fresh

“To have Run-DMC acknowledge you, something like that, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m that dude.’ To have Jay-Z do a verse, you that dude. To have Jay-Z shout you out in an intro, you’re that dude. Like, it doesn’t get any greater than that. Nobody can take that from you.”

― Mannie Fresh

“’Bling Bling’ was originally a Big Tymers song.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I think I have automobile skills and musical background.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I remember that my dad worked on cars from the ’70s and ’80s, and that’s where my love came from: appreciating – even if it was a piece of crap – how much he loved American muscle.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’ve always had good connections with cars and always knew how to fix them, so I didn’t have trouble with breakdowns.”

― Mannie Fresh

“With a lot of young entrepreneurs, it always start rotten, but then something good happens – but do you keep it good?”

― Mannie Fresh

“I have some songs on ‘Tha Carter V,’ but if I hear a song five times, I don’t like it no more.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Cash Money really had no intentions of being a rap label because when it started, it really was based on bounce. It was one bounce song after another. I started to doing bounce songs for them, and they jumped off.”

― Mannie Fresh

“’Solja Rag’ was designed for Juvenile. It wasn’t one of them beats where I was gonna chop it and see who I was going give it to: it was Juvenile all over it.”

― Mannie Fresh

“B.G. was just like his lyrics.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The thing about Big Tymers was if they said they had it, they had it.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The Cash Money sound pretty much changed the era. It kind of put the business into rap. It was like, ‘Get your money, dude. This is a billion dollar business.’”

― Mannie Fresh

“By the age of 17, Wayne was confident. He knew, ‘This is what I am. I’m an MC.’ You had Missy Elliott saying she loved Lil Wayne. Lyrically, he was getting better and better.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The single ‘Tha Block Is Hot’ was a song that was true to life.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The name Hot Boys was based on a time in New Orleans where if you were really doing something or if the police were looking for you, people would be like, ‘He hot. That boy hot.’”

― Mannie Fresh

“To me, Def Jam put my career on hold. I was used to making 13-14 songs a year, and they trickled that down to nothing.”

― Mannie Fresh

“We still have money issues. We will always have them as long as Cash Money is selling anything that has Mannie Fresh on it.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Kanye inspires me through his work ethic and his approach.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Just look at the name of Kanye’s label: G.O.O.D. Music. That’s what it’s all about, creating good music.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I knew Kanye way before he was signed.”

― Mannie Fresh

“There are so many talented people that are on G.O.O.D. Music that it’s nuts.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’m from the ’80s, man. I got ideas; that’s what we do.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I always got ideas.”

― Mannie Fresh

“If I was working on Michael Jackson if he came back to life, I would be ready. I would be ready. ‘The Resurrection’ Michael Jackson album, I would be ready.”

― Mannie Fresh

“’Hood Rich’ was super important to Cash Money.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I love to have fun when I do a song.”

― Mannie Fresh

“If you do street music, do it. So be it. That’s not me.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Don’t just sit around and wait for it to happen. ‘Get Your Roll On.’ If you’re going to buy some rims, graduate from college, or whatever, get your roll on and make something shake.”

― Mannie Fresh

“Money makes everybody evil when you think about it.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I don’t trust nobody, and I mean that.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I see how attorneys are, and nobody is really on your side. It’s about money. The attorney is not chasing after your money; he’s chasing after his fee.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’ve had some bad business lessons and learned some things. It’s not always about going platinum. So long as I know who is buying my records and I generate revenue that’s mine, then it’s cool.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’m really working hard at regaining Mannie Fresh as a household name. But for me, it’s always been the long road. What the long road means is if I gotta go city to city, town to town or whatever it is, that’s what I gotta do.”

― Mannie Fresh

“With Hurricane Katrina and all that kind of stuff happening, you needed somebody to rally for your city, to tell that story. 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.’”

― Mannie Fresh

“I’m doing bass trap; I’m doing EDM songs.”

― Mannie Fresh
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