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Reservoir buys Mannie Fresh’s catalog, including publishing and recorded music rights

Reservoir buys Mannie Fresh’s catalog, including publishing and recorded music rights

Reservoir Media has confirmed its acquisition of the catalog of multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated hip-hop producer and artist Byron Thomas, known professionally as Mannie Fresh.

The deal includes both publishing and recorded music rights, and comes on the back of MBW revealing that Reservoir had – until the end of 2022 – spent over US$695 million on catalog acquisitions since its launch in 2007.

Mannie Fresh has spent much of his career producing for Cash Money Records.

He was the label’s sole in-house producer when the company started in 1991. He is credited with producing almost every song on 15 Multi-Platinum, Platinum, or Gold albums for Cash Money from 1998 to 2004, including projects by Juvenile , Lil Wayne, TI, BG and Hot Boys.

He has produced hit songs such as Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up”, two-time platinum Lil Wayne’s “Go DJ”, TI’s “Top Back”, and more.

Rolling Stone featured “Back That Azz Up” on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The 4x-Platinum album 400 degrees by Juvenile, which was produced by Mannie, was also on the outlet’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Mannie Fresh also performed as part of the hip-hop duo Big Tymers, alongside Bryan Williams, known professionally as Birdman.

Together they have released five albums and several hit singles, including “Get Your Roll On”, “Number One Stunna”, “This Is How We Do”, and more. Influenced by his father DJ Sabu, Mannie drew on his New Orleans DJ roots to blend layers of hip-hop, funk and southern bounce to create New Orleans’ distinct hip-hop sound. -Orleans.

To this day, he continues to work with some of hip-hop’s biggest stars, including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, Big KRIT and Young Jeezy, and his catalog is frequently sampled by artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and YoungBoy Never Broke Again, among others.

Mannie Fresh commented, “It’s great to join Faith Newman and the entire Reservoir team. I am grateful for their support and know that they will take care of my music.

Faith Newman, Executive Vice President of A&R and Catalog Development at Reservoir, also said, “Mannie’s clever production created a powerful moment for Southern hip-hop, and his distinctive sound paved the way for other producers for years to come.” She added: “I’ve personally been a fan of his for decades and it’s a pleasure to bring him into the Reservoir family.”

Rell Lafargue, President and COO of Reservoir, said, “I was born and raised in Louisiana and witnessed Mannie’s meteoric rise from a local DJ to New Orleans. to a world-renowned producer, writer, and performer who helped break some of the genre’s biggest hits. talents.

“It means a lot to me to continue to connect Reservoir with creators like Mannie, who represent the highest caliber of contemporary New Orleans music, and we’re thrilled to be the new stewards of his music at hit.”


Reservoir, headquartered in New York, led by CEO Golnar Khosrowshahijob USD $122.6 million of overall revenue during the calendar year 2022, according to the quarterly public finances.

This figure was on the rise 26.7% year over year on the equivalent calendar year figure the company posted for 2021, according to MBW’s calculations. (Reservoir’s fiscal year runs through the end of March each year.)The music industry around the world

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