Ex Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh gave an in-depth interview with the Red Bull Music Academy and gave a little insight to his breakup with Lil Wayne and the Cash Money crew.
“My Christmas gifts used to be instruments,” explained Fresh. “I was like, ‘Okay, my friend got a bike. Why did I get a turntable?’ Or somebody got an…Atari game. I got a trumpet. I was just like, ‘Okay, this stuff is just starting to stack up.’ [Laughs] My dad must’ve seen something in me. I would say somewhere around twelve is when I took an interest in it. Like, you know what? I’m just gonna go through my pile of what i thought was junk at the time: my keyboard, my drum machine, horns and all that, and start fiddling around with it.”
“When Cash Money approached me, they was just like, ‘Well, what could you to change…our format of how we doing music?’ And I was like, ‘It’s this hot thing called “bounce” right now. It’s just blowing up all over the place.’” This led to Cash Money signing UNLV, a bounce act.
He also spoke about the shadiness of Cash Money. Mannie says he left Cash Money with nothing but his drum machine and his shoes, but made a million dollars within a year, even after Cash Money caused him to lose his record deal with Jay Z.