Since his Cash Money Records departure, Mannie Fresh has been out of the spotlight, as his former label has risen to new heights. At the time, and still, many felt Mannie Fresh made the wrong decision. Mannie Fresh initially left Cash Money Records to start his own label at Def Jam. Seven years after the departure of Mannie Fresh from Cash Money, he has been relatively absent.
Mannie Fresh will soon be working with Cash Money, sort of, in the near future, as he has provided production for Mystikal’s new album, Original. Along with the production on the new album, Mannie Fresh will be working with Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music. In recent years, Kanye West has elevated to become one of the most-popular rappers in the game, with some regarding him on the same level as Jay-Z.
There was a time when Mannie Fresh was more popular than Kanye West, who was a relative unknown. Still, Mannie Fresh knew Kanye West and was working with him. During his recent interview with VIBE, Fresh discussed his relationship with Kanye West. Mannie Fresh revealed Mikkey Halsted introduced the two of them in Chicago when he and Kanye West came close to signing to Cash Money Records during the late 1990s. Years after becoming a star, Kanye West revealed how close he came to being a Cash Money Millionaire.
Kanye West is way past his days of shopping for record deals, as he is now the person who signs artists. Mannie Fresh is working closely with the artists signed to G.O.O.D. Music. Speaking on the talent of the label, Mannie Fresh said there is so much talent, it is “nuts.”