Mannie Fresh Recalls Big Tymin’ With First Check, DMX’s Dog Fancy (Video)

Mannie Fresh may be a lover of flaunting jewels, cars, and even helicopters on some of his album covers and in older videos. However, the New Orleans, Louisiana icon and Bounce music pioneer had some humble beginnings.

In a particularly jovial mood, Mannie sat down with Montreality to discuss some lighter topics. Mannie explains how much he loves Cheerios cereal, his deep love of “Speed Racer,” and how he misses his parents footing the bill for everything, like his days as a child.

The interview grabs some rare facts about Mannie. For instance, did you know that the would-be Big Tymer began mopping floors and flippin’ burgers in fast-food? This is not unlike when Kool G Rap told Montreality recently that he delivered Chinese food in his own youth. Mannie adds, “I would recommend every kid work a shitty job so you know what it’s like, and get your life straight.” Real words from the musical giant, no?

Recalling his first music check, he says, “I bought a couple of cars; I did buy my house.” Poking fun at himself, he adds, “I realized there is such a thing as tax…I did some crazy shit.”

Later in the seven-minute vignette, Mannie reveals all the work he’s done on Lil Wayne’s Carter V, an album that’s presumably halted in Wayne and Cash Money’s legal dispute. However, Mannie bigs up the label that helped make him famous, calling The Brothers Williams’ story an American Dream standard, rooted around love of music.

In those days, Mannie remembers the Ruff Ryders & Cash Money Tour. The producer/rapper/DJ remembers DMX adopting stray dogs at random tour stops, and adding to his own private kennel club. With a chuckle, Mannie adds that X is equally passionate about dogs and music. The Ruff Ryders’ superstar famously has “Boomer,” one of his pets, tattooed on his back—as seen on various artwork. The self-proclaimed “dog” impressed Fresh with his true-to-life love of animals.

Lastly, don’t miss Mannie’s grown-man advice (with a splash of sarcasm) to the youth. Note, if you’re an aspiring rapper, this may not be what you want to hear.

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