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Mannie Fresh
Background information
Birth name Byron O. Thomas
Born New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Hip hop, New Orleans Bounce
Occupations Rapper, Record producer, Disc Jockey
Instruments keyboard
Roland TR-808
bass guitar
Years active 1991  – present
Labels RCA Records
Cash Money Records
Def Jam South
Associated acts Big Tymers, Hot Boys, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Juvenile,

Byron O. Thomas Khan,[1] better known by his stage name Mannie Fresh, is currently an artist and hip-hop producer who records for Def Jam South. 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, the Big Tymers with Birdman.


In 1984, Thomas joined New York Incorporated, which David Jeffries of allmusic asserted was the first hip hop crew of New Orleans. A DJ at parties, he got the attention of emcee Gregory D. The duo started a group and debuted with a Miami Bass album titled Throw Down in 1987 on D&D Records. By 1992, the group signed with a major label and released the album The Real Deal or No Deal on RCA/BMG Records. It was very successful in New Orleans, but it didn't gain very much attention outside of the south. The group split up afterward because of the way RCA handled the album.[2]

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.[3] Later, Thomas formed the Big Tymers along with Williams, as Mannie Fresh and Birdman respectively, and released five albums.[4] In 2004, he released his own debut album The Mind of Mannie Fresh, which consisted of 30 tracks and featured the single “Real Big,” which failed to top the charts.[5] In 2005, he split from Cash Money for financial reasons, and later joined Def Jam South, to which he is currently signed.[6]

On November 28, 2007, Mannie Fresh's sister Angela Bryant was found dead in her Algiers, New Orleans, home. Thomas' two children, ages 2 and 7, were found tied up inside the home but neither were injured.[1]

On October 27, 2009, Mannie Fresh released a second solo studio album, titled Return of the Ballin'.



  1. ^ a b Guevara, Natalie (2007-11-30). "Sister of Producer Mannie Fresh Slain Inside Her Home". Vibe. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ Jeffries, David (2004). "Mannie Fresh > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  3. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2005-12-06). "Set to Put New Orleans Rap Back on Top". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  4. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2005-01-03). "Loving, Rapping, Snuggling and...". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  5. ^ Capobianco, Ken (2004-12-31). "CD report - The Mind of Mannie Fresh". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  6. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2006-04-23). "New Orleans Hip-Hop Is the Home of Gangsta Gumbo". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 

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