Obie Trice is at work in his native Detroit on his debut album, ‘Cheers’, which should be out this summer. As for the title’s inspiration, Trice explained to RollingStone.com, “I’m just happy to be here. A lot of people where I’m from, they didn’t make it. I’m cheers-ing my first album.”
Vibe magazine profiled Obie Trice in its Next feature. Even though he signed a six-album deal with Eminem’s Shady Records, the rapper is already talking retirement. “When I turn 30, I’m out,” the 25 year old rapper said. “I don’t want to be 36 and rapping. I want to be doing something else.”
Eminem tells MTV News that despite his success in ‘8 Mile’, he won’t be doing anymore films anytime soon. “I’m staying in the studio,” Eminem said on Wednesday. “I’m gonna keep plugging away at that.” Slim added, “Obie is in the studio. His album is half-done. We are hoping for spring [for Obie Trice’s release] and D12 in the fall. And we’ve already got songs for that album. We sneak [recording D12] songs in between [50 Cent’s] album. And Obie’s album … expect the same quality as 50’s album, from my album, from Dre’s album. It’s the same type of producers, it’s the same type of perfectionists in the studio with every artist. We won’t put it out unless it’s perfect.” Read more.
The Detroit News caught up with Detroit rapper Obie Trice at the Detroit premiere of Eminem’s new film, who appears briefly in the film ‘8 Mile’, and was also at the premiere premiere in Los Angeles. “It’s good to be home,” he said. “I was in L.A., and that was nice, but now I’m at home and it’s my man Eminem’s movie. He worked hard and now he can reap the rewards.”
The New York Post reports news outlets learned yesterday that Eminem, 50 Cent and Obie Trice will be performing together at tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards when photographers were asked to sign a two-page “photo session agreement” limiting their shots to “one time usage” only of the trio. “It’s very unusual,” an insider said, explaining that it’s a scary precedent for photo editors, who fear that every artist will soon have his/her own contract that photographers will be forced to sign.
MTV News reports Eminem has been living in the studio for the past few months, making sure his Shady Records empire stays on top by helping out on Obie Trice’s spring debut, and will later help with D12’s sophomore effort, due this summer. Later in the year, he’ll be prepping his next album for a 2004 release sometime in the first quarter. Read more.
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Eminem’s “farewell tour” stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden was recorded in 2005, prior to the Detroit rapper’s surprising retirement announcement. His D-12 crew, Obie Trice and Stat Quo all joined Slim during the sold-out show, which was captured by award-winning director Hamish Hamilton for Em’s upcoming DVD. Live performance videos from the critically-acclaimed concert on AOL Music in advance of the disc’s release on November 13th have since been removed.
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The story of the young man who goes to Hollywood to find his dream is one as old as Hollywood itself. Vinnie Scullo’s story involves a stay in the sunny California city, but he’s still waiting for a scriptwriter to come up with his Hollywood ending. After being cut off by his grandparents for using his college tuition money to buy studio equipment Vinnie moved to Hollywood to pursue his goal of being an MC. He worked as an extra for shows such as Scrubs, That 70’s Show and CSI Miami until a run in with Ashton Kutcher would lead to Vinnie’s firing from not just That 70’s Show, but also his casting company, making it necessary for him to move back to Cleveland. In 2006 he released two albums, the double CD Hollywood Menace – The Hills Have Lies, and See You At The Gap. Whether he’s sampling The White Stripes, or looping the He-Man theme, Vinnie spits lyrics that range from angry to completely hilarious, oftentimes mixing the two. Vinnie opened for Obie Trice earlier this year, and today he’s opening up for everyone to tell the world what Vinnie Scullo is really all about. For five questions with Vinnie Scullo, visit adambernard.blogspot.com.
David Banner, Obie Trice, Slim Thug, Webbie, Daz Dillinger, Grafh, Green Lantern, Killer Mike, Smilez & Southstar, T-Pain, and Young Capone were amongst the hip hop stars attending TJ’s DJ’s Tastemakers Annual Music Conference over the weekend at Ivanhoe Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Check out pictures from GettyImages (Aug 4 / Aug 5).