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Mannie Fresh: “Jeezy was hot mixtape wise. Def Jam was like, 'How do we get you to go mainstream? We gotta get you with Mannie Fresh. He knows the science of how to get the streets, how to get the norm, and get you on the radio, and it won’t be corny.' He was really worried like, 'I really love the streets but I don’t want to sound corny.' I was like, 'Dude, you’re not going to be corny just trust me.'

I was saying, 'Boom boom clap, boom boom clap' and there was a guy in there that was saying, 'Jeezy, you gotta tell him to take that out, it sounds a little corny.' I’m just like, 'Jeezy, have a little sense of humor.'

 

“When you’re young you don’t understand this. He’s like, 'I got the hottest mixtape in the streets.' But in the numbers world, that does not mean nothing. We just signed you to a major label deal, you’re giving away a mixtape but we’re trying to sell some records. After talking with them I told them you can have the streets and appeal to other people. I’m like, 'I’m the white t-shirt dude that got a sense of humor. It’s nobody else you can go to to get it across.'

“So when we were doing the song and I was saying, 'Boom boom clap, boom boom clap' and there was a guy in there that was saying, 'Jeezy, you gotta tell him to take that out, it sounds a little corny.' I’m just like, 'Jeezy, this is going to be the biggest part of this song. It’s alright, just have a little sense of humor.' When the song came out and people were singing that part whenever he did it, he got it.

“I was glad Jeezy understood what I was saying. It’s not going to offend anybody by me saying 'boom boom blap' on your song. He was like, 'I didn’t think it was really that much thought into it.' I’m like, 'Sometimes you got to think about how to win everybody. The whole reason your label is getting me, they’re trying to get you to win everybody. You’re going to have something that everybody likes.’”