Byron O. Thomas, (born March 20, 1969) better known by his
stage name Mannie Fresh, is currently an artist and hip-hop producer
who records for Def Jam South and his own division Chubby Boy Records.
He is probably most famous for his time producing tracks for Cash
Money Records from 1993 to 2005, and one half of the hip-hop duo
Big Tymers with Birdman.
Thomas began loving music at the age of nine as a local New Orleans
DJ, playing songs at parties and clubs. In the late 1980s he began
a partnership with New Orleans rapper MC Gregory D. They released
their first album together Throwdown in 1987, with Mannie Fresh producing
and MC Gregory D rapping. They would release two more records together
in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After their last album together,
in 1993 Thomas met Bryan "Baby" Williams who gave him an
opportunity to become the in-house producer of his record label Cash
Money Records. With Williams's help, Thomas made chart-topping albums
for the Hot Boys, which was composed of Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile,
and Turk, producing all of the group’s singles. He also produced
all tracks on the members’ solo works as well. Later, Thomas
formed the Big Tymers along with Williams, as Mannie Fresh and Birdman
respectively, and released five albums. In 2004, he released his
own debut solo album The Mind of Mannie Fresh, which consisted of
30 tracks and featured the single “Real Big,” which peaked
at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2005, he split from Cash Money
for financial reasons, and later joined Def Jam South, to which he
is currently signed. On October 27, 2009, Mannie Fresh released
his second solo album, Return of the Ballin'. The album was entirely
produced by Fresh himself and featured prominent guests Rick Ross
and Lil Jon.
Main articles: Mannie Fresh discography and Mannie Fresh production
2004: The Mind of Mannie Fresh
2009: Return of the Ballin'