Producer and DJ Mannie Fresh discusses the stories behind early Lil Wayne hits.
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Mannie Fresh sat down with Complex to talk about his biggest hits with Lil Wayne and Cash Money in their early days. Below, you can read some excerpts where Fresh discusses Wayne’s Go DJ, Tha Block Is Hot and more. You can read the full article here.

I Miss My Dawgz:

“When we did ‘I Miss My Dawgs’ and he was talking about The Hot Boyz. He was like, ‘I want to do this but I don’t want to get Baby upset.’ He was like, ‘I don’t want the streets to be mad at me and I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way.’ I’m like, ‘If it’s what you want in your heart, then do it.’ At the time it, everybody left so it was a hard thing to do. Baby and them wasn’t affiliated with none of these people. Even though they were on a label, he was about to make a song saying sincerely like, ‘I miss ya’ll’ and I’m like all of this needs to happen.”

Tha Block Is Hot:

Wayne was the first one there, last one to leave. That’s the reason why the dude is where he is at right now, because of his work ethic. If you didn’t show up, he had a verse for it like, ‘Oh I got something for that.’ If we’re working on something and you’re writing a song, I’m like, ‘Who got a song?’ Wayne would be like, ‘I got a song.’ So I’m like, ‘Let me do you right now.’ Every day he would be like, ‘I got three songs.’ Wayne took writing serious. Everybody is in a room writing and Wayne’s like, ‘I already got the song, I did it three days ago.’ Or he would would be like, ‘I’m going to make it seem like I’m writing this song, but I’m going to be the first one to be like, ‘I got something!’

Go DJ:

Go DJ’ was a song that was done way before. It didn’t sound like that, but it was a phrase that UNLV used to say about me. They said it on one of their earliest songs, saying, ‘Go DJ, that’s my DJ. Mannie Fresh, that’s my DJ. Wayne was like, ‘I remember this song when I was growing up. They played it in the clubs. They used to always say ‘Go DJ, that’s my DJ.’ Can I use that?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s basically my song.’ Like I said, Wayne always went back to stuff that people would forget about.