Zizzle got up close and personal with the rapping sensation Mann, he may be new to the scene but he’s certainly made his mark with his first single Buzzin’. He’s collaborated with the likes of 50Cent, T-Pain, and Snoop Dogg and at just 19 it’s only the beginning. He may be small but he is bubbling over with talent and his energetic performance at Chi wowed the crowds. Not only is he talented, he has a great sense of humour sharing his embarassing moments and phobias. His energy will definately get you Buzzin’…
Zohra: Welcome to Dubai! What do you think of it so far?
Mann: I love it! I just went snowboarding the other day and there’s a lot to do you never get bored, that’s what I love about it. The malls are crazy, I saw an aquarium in the mall, there’s a lot of stuff here I’ve never seen anywhere else.
Zohra: You started rapping when you were 14, tell us about your journey of how you got to where you are now.
Mann: At 14, that’s when I started rapping and recording and when I turned 16 that’s when I started performing all over LA. At 16 I got found by my manager Jamie Adler he found me and brought me to Steve Lobel who was Sean Kingston’s manager at the time and he brought me to J.R who was Sean Kingston’s producer so at that moment it was like everything just happened and changed in just two weeks! They flew me to New York and I got a record deal.
Zohra: Zizzle’s about spreading positive messages and inspiring people, what positive message would you like to spread?
Mann: Live everyday like it’s your birthday, that’s really what I represent, I call myself the birthday boy and we live everyday like it’s our birthday. That’s the BDMCG, The birthday mob, that’s our fan base and that’s what we call them. That’s really what I’m spreading, I’m spreading love and peace from the West-coast, from a city where there’s been a lot of negativity but I wanna represent a whole other side of LA, we all have fun! We all enjoy everyday like it is our birthday, partying and never letting anybody tell us no.
Zohra: Zizzle loves your motto – “live everyday like its your birthday!” 🙂 so what inspires you?
Mann: Other great music inspires me, music has always been an inspiration, it’s always been something that kept me going when I was down, I’d always listen to great music and I’ve always wanted to do that for other people. I just wanna be a great person, I wanna be known as a great person.
Zohra: I was lucky enough to see you perform at the Capital Summertime Ball in London, What’s been your favourite performance so far?
Mann: My most recent performance in Lebanon, everything was on point, the sound system was awesome, the crowd participation was great and that was my first big performance with my DJ Jam Master J’son and it was the perfect mixture of everything.
Zohra: You’ve collaborated with 50 cent, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Iyaz, what would be your dream collaboration?
Mann: I wanna work with Frank Ocean and I want it to be a track produced by Pharrell, I love Pharrell’s production.
Zohra: Who else can we look forward to hearing on your debut album Mann’s World?
Mann: I have a good friend called Ty who’s from LA, he’s like the new Nate Dogg, he’s on Mann’s World. We have a great song together called Reminisce. You already got all the others.
Zohra: I’m a big fan because of the fact you’ve brought back that 80’s and 90’s flavour and that old school vibe your songs give, is that something we can expect to hear throughout your album? What inspired that? Mann: Throughout Mann’s World there’s definitely that reoccurring theme that we flip old records that make people feel good. We have two original records and the rest we just flipped old school samples just to keep that feeling. I wanted to do what Snoop Dogg did with Doggystyle so that’s where the inspiration came from.
Zohra: What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Mann (puzzled): A lot of weird’s happened to me in my life, the weirdest ….(he thinks for a good 30 seconds) Oh! It’s when I came overseas for the first time and there were girls waiting for me at the hotel that were like “Yo Mann! Blablabla” but it was weird because I’d never been there, I didn’t know what to expect and to know that I had real fans somewhere I’d never been or stepped foot in, that was pretty weird! It was an awesome weird.
Zohra: You better get used to it! So, What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Mann: Probably when I fell on stage in London, I don’t know how I fell, I usually don’t fall on stage but I just did it horrendously!
Zohra: I’m gonna have to Youtube that!
Mann: I don’t think it’s on Youtube, I hope it’s not on Youtube!!
Zohra (giggling): I’m gonna find it
Mann (laughing): Oh Mannnnnnnnn!
Zohra: If you were phoneless for a weekend how would you spend your time?
Mann: I’d be on the computer!
Zohra: I knew you were gonna say that!
Mann: I’ve been phoneless for a month, when I’m here I don’t have a phone. I’m always just on the computer or I watch movies , I love movies.
Zohra: So now I’m gonna do a quick fire round to get to know you better, just say the first thing that comes into your head.
Mann: Alright I’m ready
Favourite Fragrance: Jean Paul Gautier cologne
Favourite Country: Spain
Favourite Food: Jamaican food
Favourite song: Buzzin’ by Mann
Favourite Artist: Frank Ocean
Sexiest Woman Alive: Ah! I don’t know umm a lot of things just came into my head.
Zohra: Time up sorry, next! Prized possession: Gold Herringbone chain
Phobia: Little things that move quick
What would you do if you got pooped on by a pigeon: I’d be very mad, I’d probably yell and scream a lot of things I shouldn’t yell and scream.
Zohra: You’ve passed :),thanks for your time, looking forward to partying with you at Chi tonight, “we gonna party like it’s our birthday” 🙂