Mannie Fresh

Mannie Fresh Breaks Down the Making of Juvenile’s ‘Back That Azz Up’

Mannie Fresh

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.”

Watch above.

Related: Mannie Fresh Makes Beat Out of Three Random Records

Mannie Fresh Makes Beat Out of Three Random Records

Mass Appeal is back with a new episode of Rhythm Roulette, this time featuring legendary hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three random records, chosen from a local record store while blindfolded.
Watch the video above to see what Mannie produces with records from New York’s Generation Records. The video was filmed live at The Sprite Corner in New York City.
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