Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne have been teasing a joint project for some time now.
It got caught up in Wayne's whole Cash Money mess. Now that that's over, Mannie Fresh says a collection of tracks the two of them recorded during the Carter V sessions called The Fresh Files will soon see the light of day.
"Hell yeah," he said when XXL asked if The Fresh Files was still in play . "People are asking when we’re going to do this, but it can’t interfere with Tha Carter. We have to let it get to the point where they feel like now go ahead you can do this. I get it, because it’s not just him. It’s Universal and all of that. The label is like, because Mannie is your dude, we’re allowing Mannie to do this. It ain’t got nothing to do with Universal. It would be purely just me. The world is definitely going to get those records. If I could’ve put it out with Universal it would’ve been out."
And what's it going to sound like?
"I feel like it’s the Wayne that people want to hear ... On the project that I’m putting out, you’re going to get the version of how the song was before it was touched. When you do something with people, you have to compromise. By no means am I arguing with it. At the end of the day, that’s Wayne’s baby. Tha Carter is his thing. I get it. Tha Carter was important to him. Wayne was gone for so long, so I knew why he was so protective of how he did this one. The cool thing is that there are some diehard Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne fans that want to hear Wayne over Mannie Fresh beats without engineers tampering with it or without a room full of people going, “It would be cool if we moved this here.”