Mannie Fresh Net Worth and Income Sources

How Did This American DJ and Rapper Make his fortune?

Mannie Fresh net worth is estimated to be approximately $15 million, according to reputable sources. Due to unknown music sales figures, this American DJ and rapper may have a higher net worth.

Byron O. Thomas, or Mannie Fresh as he is better known, is an American DJ and hip-hop artist known for being an important figure in the 1990s music scene. He gained fame by being one of the leading producers of hip-hop tracks released by Cash Money Records for many years. He released his most popular song, “Get Your Roll On” alongside Cash Money CEO Birdman in 2000.

Mannie Fresh Income Sources

Mannie earns income from a number of sources. He earns a small amount money from his Youtube advertising revenue via his channel Mannie Fresh. He also earns money from music sales and production royalties. Lastly, he earns money from live shows. Each of these likely contributes to Mannie Fresh’s estimated net worth given above.

The income sources for this American hip-hop artist are summarized below:

  • Earnings from YouTube account ($1,640 to $2,730 per month)
  • Music Sales (Income not known)
  • Live Shows (Income not known)
Fresh Net Worth: Mannie Fresh began his career as a producer in the 1990s. Credit: XXL Mag
Mannie Fresh began his career as a producer in the 1990s. Credit: XXL Mag

Income Source 1: YouTube

Mannie Fresh started his Youtube channel Mannie Fresh in October of 2009. The channel’s exact starting date is unknown as the “joining” date is listed as 2nd August 2021 [1], but the channel’s only video, “Mannie Fresh – Real Big (Official Music Video)” [2] was uploaded on October 2009. 

The channel currently has over 31,000 subscribers. Its videos have been watched a total of 17.2 million times. This averages to around 116,200 views per month. Assuming Youtube pays creators $3 to $5 per 1000 views, Mannie Fresh could be earning between $350 and $580 per month through Youtube.

Mannie Fresh was also part of the hip-hop group “Big Tymers” along with rapper Birdman on the Cash Money Records label. The Big Tymers Youtube channel was founded sometime around October 2009 and has over 152,000 subscribers [4]. Its videos have received a total of 127.6 million views. This averages to around 862,200 views per month.

Assuming Fresh gets half the earnings from this Youtube channel, he could be earning between $1,290 and $ $2,150 per month from the Big Tymers Youtube channel.

Youtube Account NameSubscribersViewsEst. Net Earnings per month
Mannie Fresh31,00017.2 million$350 to $580
Big Tymers152,000127.6 million$1,290 to $2150
Total183,000134.8 million$1,640 to $2,730

Income Source 2: Music Sales and Royalties

Mannie developed beats for Cash Money Records, which helped sell tens of millions of records and singles over the years. He was a member of Cash Money from 1993 to 2005, when he departed to join Def Jam South.

Mannie also owns and operates his own record label company, Chubby Boy Records. Mannie produced music for artists like Juvenile, Turk, Lil Wayne, and many more while working with Cash Money. 

Mannie Fresh has sold numerous singles and albums as a prominent solo hip-hop artist and producer and a member of the Big Tymers group. This includes the solo albums Throw Down, “D” Rules the Nation, and The Mind of Mannie [5], and the Big Tymers albums How You Luv That? Vol. 1 & 2, Big Tymers, and I Got That Work. [6].

Additionally, he produced two solo studio albums, 2004’s “The Mind of Mannie Fresh” and 2009’s “Return of the Ballin.” Many of Mannie’s songs reached the top of the charts.

The exact figures for these albums are not publicly known. This makes it difficult to estimate Mannie Fresh’s income from this source. However, these sales likely still contribute to Fresh’s net worth.

Fresh Net Worth: Mannie Fresh has only one video on his Youtube channel Mannie Fresh. Credit: Youtube
Mannie Fresh has only one video on his Youtube channel Mannie Fresh. Credit: Youtube

Income Source 3: Live Performances

Mannie Fresh performed live regularly during the 1990s and the 2000s as a solo artist and as a member of Big Tymers. This includes performances at The Source Awards in 2001 [7] and BET Spring Bling in 2003 [8].

Fresh has not publicly disclosed how much he has earned from live performances. This makes it difficult to provide an accurate estimate of his earnings from this income source.

Fresh Net Worth: American hip hop producer Mannie Fresh left Cash Money Records in 2005. Credit: Urbanology Magazine
American hip hop producer Mannie Fresh left Cash Money Records in 2005. Credit: Urbanology Magazine

Mannie Fresh Bio/Early Life

Byron Otto Thomas was born on 20th March 1969 in 7th Ward, New Orleans, USA. He joined the New Orleans hip-hop group New York Incorporated at the age of 15 in 1984. 

In 1993, he met Bryan Williams, as known as rapper Birdman 1993. Williams had recently founded Cash Money Records and asked Thomas to join the label as an in-house producer.

Mannie produced beats for chart-topping albums for the group Hot Boys, which consisted of rapper Lil Wayne, Turk, Juvenile, and BG. He later paired with Williams to form the hip hop duo Big Tymers. The group created and released five albums before Thomas released his own solo album under the Mannie Fresh name.

Today, Fresh is remembered for being one of the most important American hip-hop producers in the Southern. He can be found participating in interviews and DJing at different radio shows on Youtube [9].

Between 1998 and 2003, The Big Tymers produced five studio albums, two of which reached platinum and one of which got gold. Mannie began his career as a house and club DJ in New Orleans during the late 1980s.

In 1987, he co-released an album named “Throwdown” with fellow DJ MC Gregory. Mannie went on to make three albums before being discovered by Birdman and given the role as an in-house producer for Cash Money Records.

Despite the fact that they split up in 2005 because of allegations of Cash Money withholding millions of dollars in royalties, Mannie and Birdman are said to be in discussions to work together again shortly. 

Fresh Net Worth: Mannie Fresh is still active as a DJ. Credit: NOLA
Mannie Fresh is still active as a DJ. Credit: NOLA

Mannie Fresh Accomplishments

Mannie Fresh has not won any notable awards for his music. He was nominated for a BET Hip-Hop Award for Best Producer of the Year in 2007 [10] and a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2008 [11].

Mannie Fresh Controversies

Mannie Fresh split with his label after accusing cash money of withholding millions in royalties in 2005.

Mannie Fresh’s most popular video is 

Best Mannie Fresh Quotes

“With time, everything changes”

“There will never be another Biggie ever again”

“I’m saying nobody’s got the guts to be a J.”

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Mannie Fresh Biography

Legal NameByron Otto Thomas
Net Worth$15 Million
Source of WealthYouTube, Music Sales, Live Shows
Date of Birth20th March 1969
Place of Birth7th Ward, New Orleans, USA
Height175 cm, 5’ ft 8 inches
Weight85 kg
Marital StatusSingle
Names of ChildrenN/A

Frequently Asked Questions About Mannie Fresh

Why is Mannie Fresh popular?

Mannie Fresh gained fame as an in-house producer for the Southern hip-hop label Cash Money. He later began releasing music as a member of the hip-hop duo Big Tymers.

What happened to Mannie Fresh?

Mannie Fresh parted ways with Cash Money over a royalties dispute in 2005. He has continued releasing music since the split.

How did Mannie Fresh get his name?

Thomas’s father gave him the nickname “Mannie”. He added the term “fresh” as a reference to “fresh shoes”, which was a popular term in the 1980s. 


[1]. Mannie Fresh Youtube

[2]. Mannie Fresh Youtube Video

[3]. Youtube Video Pay Rate

[4]. Big Tymers Youtube

[5]. Mannie Fresh Solo Albums

[6]. Big Tymers Albums

[7]. The Source Awards Performance

[8]. BET Spring Bling Performance

[9]. Mannie Fresh DJing

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