In 1999, New Orleans rapper Juvenile burst onto the national scene with his raunchy club anthem, “Back That Azz Up.” The track, which was produced by the legendary Mannie Fresh, introduced New Orleans bounce music to the world. It peaked at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has remained a staple in DJ sets throughout the years.
With the 20th anniversary of “Back That Azz Up” this month, Mannie sat down with Genius to discuss the making of the track. He also talked about his background and approach to producing.
“[‘Back That Azz Up’] stood the test of time,” Mannie said. “I don’t see it going nowhere.”
“The way I produce is definitely from a club DJ’s perspective,” Mannie added. “I like it when people dance; I like it when they move. And I notice certain sounds, the way certain drops happen in songs, and [how] the way [producers] format [them] [make] a difference on the dance floor.”