On this day, March 20th, in hip-hop history…
1969: Mannie Fresh is one of many southern artists who reinvented hip-hop. If he needed an introduction, Fresh was part of the duo, Big Tymers, alongside Birdman. He was also responsible for the signature sounds of Cash Money Records as their in-house producer.
The Mind of Mannie Fresh was instrumental in the early days of Hot Boyz, which comprises of Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile and Turk. Big singles such as “Back That Azz Up,” “Still Fly,” and “I Need a Hot Girl” were national successes that helped catapult the roster’s solo careers. Few years later, Fresh would branch out on his own, where he has seen success in producing for other artists and guest appearing on tracks as well. Notably, he was selected as the many talents involved in Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer.
Fresh is currently collaborating with Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) on an album, titled OMFGOD. He has confirmed the 10-track project is completed and will be released digitally soon. But for now, celebrate Fresh’s birthday by queuing up his classics.