Mannie Fresh Says he’s too Old for Bling
While out of the spotlight for the last several years, former Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh has matured a lot. XXLMag.com recently caught up with the seminal New Orleans beatmaker and apparently he’s ditched the “bling” from his wardrobe.
When asked why the change in style, Fresh blamed it on his age. “I’m a grown man,” he said. It’s like if you go to a club now everybody got on a chain and watch and look like a rapper. I’m not saying nothing’s wrong with that but I’m at a different place in my life. I’m looking at longevity and saving my money. I don’t want to be a VH1 special like that dude is flat broke walking around acting like he 18.”
Known for helping to introduce the bling craze in hip-hop—MF produced the mega popular “Bling Bling” for B.G. in 1999—XXL inquired if he felt responsible. “I think music is not education no more,” he replied. “You had variety when we did this. You had Public Enemy, Slick Rick and N.W.A. Now it’s all about getting money. To a certain degree hip-hop was our teacher and if it’s teaching one thing then that’s all you’re gonna get.”
For more from Mannie Fresh be sure to peep his full feature on XXLMag.com. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Souleo