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Mannie Fresh Tells The Stories Of How “Tha Block Is Hot”, “I Miss My Dawgs” & “Go DJ” Came Together

Mon, Sep 22, 2014 by

Mannie Fresh Tells The Stories Of How Tha Block Is Hot, I Miss My Dawgs & Go DJ Came Together

Mannie Fresh recently explained to Complex about how three of Lil Wayne‘s songs came together, as well as producing them. The three tracks that Fresh discussed are: “Tha Block Is Hot“, “I Miss My Dawgs“, and “Go DJ“.

The former Cash Money producer and rapper also mentioned Weezy F Baby‘s work ethic, which he believes is why Weezy is where he is at in the music industry today, bringing Wayne‘s mom Jacida Carter in for a meeting to get some ideas, having doubts about releasing “I Miss My Dawgs“, and more.

You can read the conversation below!

Tha Block Is Hot:
“That was a beat I used to play at parties, and it always had got a good response. Wayne asked me about it. That’s what was so incredible about Wayne, he always knew what songs were hits and would always come back around to it. I might have played before and nobody said anything about it. When the room cleared up like, ‘What about that beat? Can I get that? I heard that played three times and nobody did nothing to it, I already wrote the rap to it.’ I’d be like, ‘OK, let me see what you going do it.’ And he killed that beat.

“Wayne was the first one there, last one to leave. That’s the reason why the dude is where he is at right now, because of his work ethic. If you didn’t show up, he had a verse for it like, ‘Oh I got something for that.’ If we’re working on something and you’re writing a song, I’m like, ‘Who got a song?’ Wayne would be like, ‘I got a song.’ So I’m like, ‘Let me do you right now.’ Every day he would be like, ‘I got three songs.’ Wayne took writing serious. Everybody is in a room writing and Wayne’s like, ‘I already got the song, I did it three days ago.’ Or he would would be like, ‘I’m going to make it seem like I’m writing this song, but I’m going to be the first one to be like, ‘I got something!’

“I think Wayne learned from Juvenile. When Juvenile came to Cash Money what was so impressive he already knew his songs. 400 Degreez was already wrote, I just had to put music to it. Wayne was like, this dude ain’t gotta write these rhymes, he was just going in there doing it. I need to know my songs when I go come here because it’s more efficient.”

I Miss My Dawgs:
“We had a meeting when we was doing Tha Carter. It was like we have to come out with something that’s incredible and is going to set this label up for years, where people will be like, ‘It wasn’t a fluke.’ I never felt that way, but we always had people like, ‘Can they do it again? Can they change their sound?’

“I’m like, ‘Tha Carter is going to define rap for a while.’ Wayne was like, ‘You really think?’ I’m like, ‘I really do. It’s got to be something incredible. This needs to be your album, that’s the one where you can listen to these songs from one to whatever else is on there and this a jamming ass album.’ He was like, ‘I’m going to put my thinking cap on.’ We drew from so many things from when we were doing that. We brought in his mom like, ‘What do you think somebody your age would want to hear?’ She gave us all of these great ideas. That’s where I came up with the Al Green song, ‘Way More Flyer Than You.’

“I asked his mom to give me some songs that she could play in her age group and she was like, ‘Frankie Beverly and the Maze.’ I’m like we’re not going to be able to clear that, he ain’t letting nobody use nothing. I think she might have said something that’s traditional New Orleans, I’m like, ‘Nah, New Orleans knows that song, nobody else.’ Then she said the Al Green song and I’m like we can do that one and I felt like we covered that part. I was bringing in people and asking them about generations: In your era, what was jamming? What do you think? What can we do to make this something that’s unforgettable?

“When we did ‘I Miss My Dawgs’ and he was talking about The Hot Boyz. He was like, ‘I want to do this but I don’t want to get Baby upset.’ He was like, ‘I don’t want the streets to be mad at me and I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way.’ I’m like, ‘If it’s what you want in your heart, then do it.’ At the time it, everybody left so it was a hard thing to do. Baby and them wasn’t affiliated with none of these people. Even though they were on a label, he was about to make a song saying sincerely like, ‘I miss ya’ll’ and I’m like all of this needs to happen.”

Go DJ:
“’Go DJ’ was a song that was done way before. It didn’t sound like that, but it was a phrase that UNLV used to say about me. They said it on one of their earliest songs, saying, ‘Go DJ, that’s my DJ. Mannie Fresh, that’s my DJ. Wayne was like, ‘I remember this song when I was growing up. They played it in the clubs. They used to always say ‘Go DJ, that’s my DJ.’ Can I use that?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s basically my song.’ Like I said, Wayne always went back to stuff that people would forget about.

“When he did the song, it absolutely made no sense to me. I thought it was going to be about some DJing shit. He was like, ‘Can you do the hook?’ So I did the hook and the beat and I was like, ‘Damn dude, you just rapping your ass off on this song but you never made no reference to nothing about the DJ.’ It was one of them moments like, ‘Dude you gotta trust me too.’ I’m like, ‘I’m going to let you have this one.’

“Before he even did the rap, I did the hook and thought he was going to say some incredible shit about DJs. I was telling Baby, ‘This ‘Go DJ’ thing going to be big. We’re going to send it to every DJ that plays our music in that market and give them their little five minutes of a fame. Send them a camcorder, let them record their show, and we’re going to edit all those clips in the video.’ I hear the song and I’m like, ‘You’re not talking about no DJs or none of that.’ [Laughs.] He’s like, ‘I think your idea is great but I don’t think it’s going to work.’ So I’m like let’s just see what happens. Wayne was like, ‘I’m really on some rapping shit. That’s what you told me you wanted, that’s what it’s going to be.’

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  • Weezyf

    Go dj cuz that’s my dj

  • Tune

    Side bitch anytime soon

    • [Original] Gudda Gudda

      “soon” gtfo

      • Tune

        Ya soon

        • [Original] Gudda Gudda

          rebirth 2 is coming soon too

          • Tune

            Na u wrong

            • [Original] Gudda Gudda


              • Tune

                Ha ha

          • Trey

            Lol Rebirth 2, Devol, and Like father like son 2 was supposed to come out in 2012. Never came…

            • Rebirth 2 has never been announced so i don’t know where you got it was supposed to come out in 2012 from….

      • Tune

        Stop thinking bout might
        Quicker pause

        • [Original] Gudda Gudda

          y do u type like timmy off south park?

          • Tune

            I have no clue who uu sayin
            I don’t watch kid shows

            • [Original] Gudda Gudda

              he is basically a retard like u

              • Tune

                Makes a lot of sense coming from a kid
                That’s watches retarded shows ha

                • Mollymolly

                  Dude southpark is not for kids lol.. And u must be a kid for thinkin its a retarded show..

    • CarterBoy

      I would rather have this song

      • Tune

        I’ll fuk wit it

      • YoungJT1092


  • Brent

    Its Tunechi Lee ya B!tch

    • Patrick H

      Tunechi Li*

  • CMB

    Great read wow

  • Tune Up ©

    good read

  • [Original] Gudda Gudda

    i miss my dawgs is a classic, nothing less and nothing more

  • Hey

    Best article on lilwaynehq in a good min danny

  • Patrick H

    Mannie Fresh is always real.

  • CarterBoy

    Still waiting on the full song to this

    • Jay weezle

      Shit sounds so fire! Smh shoulda been made this a single

    • K D0T

      Lmao.. The beat cool but like always.. Wayne lyrics / concept on some bullshit.

      • TRUKFIT



      WE ALL ARE

  • YoungJT1092

    And after reading this, Im even more amped to hear the Mannie produced tracks from C5…come on “Velvet” or whatever your name is, drop pleasee…#C5

  • Tune

    I want all of the wayne songs shit devol
    C5$ aka the other album
    Father like son ll
    Side bitch sounds so
    Awesome I can keep going
    All 100 songs
    From dr dre
    By tune

  • Criss$$$

    Im pretty sure everyone on this site jumped on the bandwagon when Wayne dropped C3. none of yall niggas was listening to Wayne during C2 and C1 days. How you gonna say you use to listen to C2,C1 back in the day and your still a fan till this day…How you go from listening to Wayne being a real gangsta nigga to now listining to him skateboard and autotue…that’s like saying i was a real nigga and now im a fake

    • JayHighAss

      You still Fuck with him too .. Shit you here right ? On his fan site

    • Wayne

      New era in music….

      • SeattleAtHome

        We gettin hype in dis bitch !!!
        CV Bout to drop somethin heavy

    • TheBeardedWorm

      So you saying because he skateboard and auto tune he’s fake? You my friend are ignorant

    • LuvCoolJ

      They’re not real fans my nigga. They know about the “new era Wayne” and maybe a few of his classic old shit. But i don’t believe they know his shit mixtape by mixtape, album by album, song by song. They can’t if they still fans of his. Just thinkin about how far Wayne has digressed be pissing me off and makes me not wanna listen to em lol

      • JayHighAss

        But you still listening to him

    • Chuck_Brazy

      I got into Wayne in 2007 but I back tracked and listened to his older stuff. I still consider myself a true fan tho

    • 504HardHead

      Lmfao u sound stupid my nigga! U on his fan site posting… So what that make u and the 7 fags that up voted u? A fan u fkn idiot! Tf u know how long they been fans? Boi most us been rocking since hot boys so u can sit yo faggot ass down.

  • DannyK

    Good read but this has a lot of grammar errors

    • mortimerr2014

      Who gives a fuck

  • that kush

    “I give these MC’s he’ll like they all atheists” .. You can’t spit a bar like that and not be the greatest

    • that kush


  • Yung Kyrie No Bron

    That CV Mannie Fresh is what I’m checking for , I saw Mannie and thought the song leaked

  • Carter

    Mannie the GOAT

  • JayHighAss

    ” go over I’ll lines we was in the same position & that’s when u changed positions shit I never changed I missed ya & it’s strange but I’ll nver forget ya I know that ain’t you in them pictures homie I know that ain’t you with that dissing on me that’s why I never replied never will just let it live phony if you ever died I swear to god I got us kids homie what’s mine is there’s I gotta give homie yea we still a army in this homie yea cash money still the shit homie shit homie what’s really real is feeling me nigga that hot boy shit still in me nigga ”

  • JayHighAss

    ” go over I’ll lines we was in the same position & that’s when u changed positions shit I never changed I missed ya & it’s strange but I’ll nver forget ya I know that ain’t you in them pictures homie I know that ain’t you with that dissing on me that’s why I never replied never will just let it live phony if you ever died I swear to god I got ya kids homie what’s mine is there’s I gotta give homie yea we still a army in this bitch homie yea cash money still the shit homie shit homie what’s really real is feeling me nigga that hot boy shit still in me nigga “

  • luudaaa

    you homo niggas get aids in the ass while the homie here tryna get paid in advance

    • Ogresgate


  • SeattleAtHome

    1) The Anticipation (Skit- Extended “Skit” for Deluxe Edition) :54 – 2:25
    2) D.M.C. 6:31
    3) Waynes’ World 4:40
    4) No Brakes ft. Tech N9ne 5:45
    5) Fifth Gear 6:30
    6) Flat Tire ( Interlude ) 1:54
    7) Believe Me ft. Drake 5:37
    8) Ghosts ft. Boo 3:57
    9) All My Life (Fake Feel) ft. Trinidad James, Juelz Santana 3:36
    10) Velvet Rooms ft. Mannie Fresh, Reel, Maino, N.O.R.E. 4:31
    11) Full of Ink 3:49
    12) High as Fuck 4:52
    13) Specialist ft. T-Pain
    14) The Skit (Skit) 1:09
    15) Tha Block Will Stay Hot ft. Juvenile, Turk, B.G., Mannie Fresh 4:30
    16) Tunechileoncious 4:36
    17) I Am Music ft. iLoveMakonnen 4:15

    ** ‘D.M.C.’ – contains samples “Walk In”/”Fly In”/”3 Peat”/”Intro” (Tha Carter 4) by Lil Wayne
    ** Jeremih is uncredited for contributions to track #6

    Itunes bonus tracks :
    -Easy Money ft. YG, Young Thug 5:12
    -Tina Turn Up ft. Euro, Lil Twist 6:30
    -He v.s. Me ft. Drake 3:33

    Target exclusive bonus tracks :
    – Side-Bitch ft. Nicki Minaj 5:46

    Deluxe Edition Album added disc :

    1) My Legacy? (Extended Skit) 3:50
    2) Next Man Up 4:03
    3) Weezy on the future.. (Skit) 2:31
    4) Get ’em Next Year 5:32
    5) Unforgettable ft. Beyoncé, Drake 5:40
    6) Miss ‘Cita 4:52
    7) Never Goin’ Back ft. Turk 4:34
    8) Krazy 6:50 (Extended)
    9) 35 Million 6:21

    ** ‘My Legacy?’ – contains samples of different interviews Lil Wayne has been featured in
    ** ‘Unforgettable’ – contains samples of “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole (1954)
    ** Jacida is uncredited for contributions to track #6

    • LilShopOfHorror

      Alll my life with trinidad will probably be hella dope!! And the specialist ft tpain omg thats gonna be a classic!! But out of em all i cant wait to hear tunechilioncous!! Nice tracklist bro.. Looks legit

      • mortimerr2014

        You must be new here if you believe this clown

        • LilShopOfHorrors

          Lol i was being sarcastic.. It’s obviously fake asfuck

        • LilShopOfHorrors

          Y did u say that there was a single dropping the other day??

  • T.D.E

    Kendrick>new Wayne
    Kendrick <old Wayne
    D'use is the closest we will ever get to C2 Wayne

    • Dr.Carter


    • Malik

      Kendrick not better than j cole let alone Drake let alone Wayne. Just stop it

  • C5

    Fly In Waynes best song?

    • SeattleAtHome

      Idk about best let me give another listen

      • C5

        What is your conclusion??

    • SeattleAtHome

      No Sorry…u didnt find a hidden Jewel like i did with ‘Get Over’ #C2

      FLY IN is Great

      But its too short and he has spit harrder than that before.


    • No and Fly Out is better anyway.

  • Jay weezle

    Oh shit

    • SeattleAtHome

      Yeah nigga i hope ‘Operate On Me ft. Chance the Rapper and Wyclef Jean’ make CV. !!!


      • SeattleAtHome

        This is Seattles Dream Come Tru! Holla Chance^^

      • YMCorey

        He already did that before

  • Nijee

    I Think Carter V Going Be Mixtured Of Carter 1 & Carter 3 With Mannie On Carter V

    • Dr.Carter

      and a lil bit of tha carter iv

      • Dr Carter

        Change your name….

        • Dr.Carter

          fuck you hoe ass nigga

          • Dr Carter

            I get money and get over hoes

    • But we all want some Carter 2 in there.

  • SeattleAtHome

    Back To You – Wayne
    everyone needs to give this another listen its so good in the middle

    • My second favorite song on IANAHB2. Great verses and great sample.

    • Kai Balduin

      When i heard the 30sec snippet before IANAHB2 was released i already knew that this is going to be my shit !

  • SeattleAtHome

    Da Drought 3 > No Ceilings (but its close)

    Tha Carter 3 > Tha Carter 2 (but its very close)

    IANAHB 2 > Tha Carter 4 (how to love- Really..?)

    IANAHB > Tha Carter 1 (just listen to ‘Whats Wrong With Them’ one more time.)

    No Ceilings > S4TW (very close “song for song” comparsion but NC has More Tracks..more bangers

    S4TW > Tha Carter 4, Tha Carter 1, IANAHB 2… (Hell yeah, S4TW was DOPE)

    • mortimerr2014

      The Carter 1 is miles ahead of ianahb2 Lmao smh

      • triggacity_813

        Hell yeah lmao c2>c3>c1>c4

        • mortimerr2014

          Yup good list that’s how I see it but when c5 drop I know it’ll be the best and take c2 spot

          • triggacity_813

            Me too bruh lol I can’t wait to hear this shit already


      Wtf dude c4 is way better than ianahb2 n tha carter is way better than ianahb! Kill your self!! Wtf is wrong with u?? N u wonder y nobody takes u serious lol cuz of stupid shit like this!

    • triggacity_813

      Carter 1 as much a classic as C2 & C3..c4 better than ianahb1 & 2 combined

  • i brought moms back for some advice on c5 to thats why i put her on the cover with me

  • i know my momma gone like this one

    • FucKA

      Nigga quit acting like ur actually lil wayne! Smh ur worse than the gudda dude..

      • It’s tunechi in this hoe watch them hoes go crazy shut the fuck up bitch and get off my dick I’m lil Wayne

  • CMB_

    This was a great read! Nice seeing Tha block is hot as the cover picture

  • mortimerr2014

    I bet we get some new music this weekend being that it’s Wayne’s bday weekend and plus this drought is getting to real

    • SeattleAtHome


  • Coop

    Blue bandana on the album he regrets that

  • I’m about to go play these songs right now.

  • Jay weezle

    I bet weezy Wednesday gon be a preview of a new song then we get it the next day or on his bday, it’s been too quiet

    • mortimerr2014

      That’s what I’m thinkin

      • Jay weezle

        Hope so fam

    • triggacity_813

      That’d be dope

  • Linoh Locc

    Wassup everybody, i just got outta County jail thats why yall have heard of me lol . Wat did i miss !? Any new songs ?

    • jaleel bell

      Just alot of haters etc.. but yeah nm

  • 504HardHead

    U gotta be a FUK nigga to come on a nigga fan site whom u don’t listen to or like lmao weezy the only nigga I know that ppl search to hate him. That’s when u great lol neva log on another rappers fansite. Lmao these bitch niggas posting and tweaking for a nigga to agree wit um. Smfh

  • kizz

    can someone tell me where i can find the video of lil wayne perfoming believe me and stuffing up the verse or which show it was i want to see it again

    • SeattleAtHome

      Sounds dope

  • SeattleAtHome

    This Oct. 28th date is wayne last spouses’ bday…’Toya’ Wrights’ (Reginae Carter moma) bday is Oct. 28th…

    Somethins Up

  • SeattleAtHome

    I think we gone get a Sep. 28th CV..
    He would say ‘Fuck dat hoe’

  • ghost

    im sorry Kendrick new song is wack

  • SeattleAtHome

    We ready for new music now..