It is said that time heals all wounds but for super producer, Mannie Fresh it is still not enough time following the violent death of his sister, Angela Bryant. In late 2007, Angela was shot and killed in New Orleans and her murder remains a mystery. Mannie opened up to S2S about the fear and paranoia that he lives with to this very day as a result of his sister’s horrific death.
“Everything about me is cautious,” he revealed. “Some days I am spooked out and crazy because you don’t know what could happen. It makes you cautious about going home, the company you keep and even getting in your car. I try to stay away from any references with violence like gangsta rap music. I’m not ready to deal with it. It made me step away from hip-hop for a little while too.”
Mannie credits Angela’s memory with inspiring him to return to music and since then he has produced for Mystikal, 2 Live Crew and is making the promotional rounds with his new acts, The Show and Sole Fresh.
Mannie has also been honoring his sister by pursuing justice. Sadly, he has faced obstacles due to what he perceives to be the complacency of the New Orleans police force.
“Nobody is really doing nothing, and that right there puts a damper on everything,” Mannie told us. “Truthfully we got a young police force and that means they are young kids and trying to get home and not be in the line of fire. To them that’s the only job they can get. So to a certain degree the criminals are better armed than us. It’s like what would you do? You would stay out of that line.”
Still the slow process to solving Angela’s murder hasn’t stopped Mannie from reaching out to other families who have been victims of crime.
“In New Orleans there are a bunch of unsolved crimes and families are left hanging,” Mannie said. “So I’ve done youth groups and all that ‘cause nobody talks to kids about what they are dealing with. It’s almost an everyday thing in New Orleans to deal with.”