”I wanted to make something that will change the world.”
Movement, sensation, voyage, lifestyle – all of these elements are intertwined with HIP HOP. The trailblazers and enduring artists have indelibly marked their presence on the cultural landscape, coming together to commemorate the monumental #HipHop50Live event. Take a journey into Mannie Fresh’s mindset as he hustled on the grand stage, proudly carrying the torch for the South. This DJ, record producer, and rapper made his mark in 1984 with what could arguably be considered the first Hip Hop crew from his hometown, New Orleans. However, it’s important to note that he made a significant impact on the East Coast and beyond.
From his involvement with ‘Big Tymers’ to his contributions at Cash Money Records, as well as his collaborations with influential figures in the industry such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Ashanti, Lauryn Hill, Method Man, and RZA (just to name a few), Byron Otto Thomas will forever remain a prominent figure in the realm we know as Hip Hop.
”Do not just call this the 50 years of Hip Hop, and we don’t do this again until 100 years from now. This should always be around. Somebody came before you…get to know them.” – Mannie Fresh