If Eminem is the head of the Shady household, D12 are the rowdy cousins and 50 Cent is the bad-boy brother, then Obie Trice is the newborn baby. But just because he’s a new addition doesn’t mean he’s not loyal to the unit, especially when it comes to the beef between the Shady camp, Ja Rule and Benzino/The Source’s embargo on positive ink for Shady artists. “I don’t think The Source will ever get with us because of the Benzino thing [Benzino is part-owner of The Source],” he tells Shannon McCarthy of Get Real Detroit. “I think that’s just totally over with. They might not even deal with me as far as putting my album in there or getting a review, you know what I mean?”
The video for Obie Trice’s new single ‘Got Some Teeth’, the first single from his debut album ‘Cheers’ (due September 23rd) is available on the rapper’s official site. Watch it via YouTube below.
SOHH.com caught up with Obie Trice for a Q&A session and asked the rapper for his thoughts on Interscopes stranglehold on the hip-hop record industry today. “Right now no one can fu** with us. We’re the dream team. I don’t see anyone ever fu**in’ with us. That’s Interscope for you. You gotta look at the label. I mean look at what you got there. You got Bionic Jive (laughter is heard in the background). You got fu**in’ Obie Trice. You got Slim Shady and 50 Cent, D12. You had 2Pac. You got E-V-E. It’s just a strong force.”
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.
Blender magazine spoke with Obie Trice in their Next Big Thing feature, where he talked about being Eminem’s new prodigy. “I owe it all to Marshall,” he said. “That man saved my life.” Trice spoke of the time he was nearly killed selling crack. “This one guy, high on crack, held a gun to my head, creaming that he was going to shoot me. As soon as he turned his back, I jumped out the window, glass everywhere, fell into the backyard and ran up the street, just waiting for the bullet to crack my skull.” But prison and becoming a father convinced him to go straight.
Obie Trice was interviewed on 1Xtra with Rodney P & Skitz on Monday. Obie talked about how he hooked up with Eminem on Shady Records, the hard work he put in on his debut album, workin’ with Dr. Dre, and they then played the Ja Rule diss track Obie joined Slim and Dre on before continuing the interview. Audio at bbc.co.uk/radio has since been removed.
Rapbasement.com is set to release an exclusive mixtape with all new music from names such as Joe Budden, Obie Trice, Proof of D12, Cuban Link, Jamie aka Drastik and many more. The release date for the mixtape will be August 26th.
On Saturday night, The Radio 1 Rap Show came live from backstage on the tour in Milton Keynes Bowl. Westwood was joined on the show by Eminem and 50 Cent, plus the tour DJ Green Lantern, and D12, Obie Trice and B-Real from Cypress Hill. Listen to an archive of the show here.
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.”
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.