The Dirty South Rapper emerged in the mainstream rap business in 2001, with the hit "I am a Thug". Before his breakthrough, he scored a few regional hits here and there but remained largely an underground rapper. In particular, he became known for his club anthems, which were characterized by their rousing beats and his rowdy lyrics. "Nann Nigga" and "Shut Up" became his best-known early successes, each featuring a feisty young rapper named Trina, who would go on to her own success in subsequent years. When Trick Daddy finally did break into the mainstream in 2001 with the appropriately titled "I'm a Thug," it came as somewhat of a surprise. No one questioned his talent, but his image hardly matched that of other mainstream rappers. He certainly lived up to his thug billing, known as much for his rapping as his trademark omnipresent grimace, bald head, prickly whiskers, forearm tattoos, and gold grill. Nevertheless, thug or not, Trick Daddy became a national superstar, earning substantial mainstream airplay and climbing atop the Billboard charts. Born Maurice Young in Miami, FL, the rapper originally known as Trick Daddy Dollars earned his stripes in 1996 as one of the lead rappers on Luke's "Scarred," the leadoff track from the former 2 Live Crew leader's Uncle Luke album. The song became a sizable hit among the booty crowd, and listeners were drawn to the remarkably fluid and quick flow of Trick Daddy Dollars. Among those drawn to him was Ted Lucas, a former concert promoter who signed the rapper to his newly formed Slip-n-Slide Records. The debut Trick Daddy Dollars album, Based on a True Story, came soon after, released in late 1997. The album sold well for an independent release, driven by some regional hits, but didn't impress too many people outside of the Miami area. A year later everything changed with the release of www.thug.com (1998). Trick Daddy dropped the "Dollars" from his name and scored himself a breakout hit with "Nann Nigga," a club-banger that pitted him against a female nemesis, the then-unknown Trina. The hit spread throughout the South and even trickled out into the Midwest and Southwest, so much so that Atlantic Records took interest and signed Trick Daddy to a record deal. The first Atlantic release, Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 (2000), fulfilled its promise, setting the stage for the rappers eventual commercial breakthrough. Driven by "Shut Up," a rowdy club hit similar to "Nann Nigga" and again featuring Trina, Book of Thugs extended Trick Daddy's reputation from coast to coast and established him as one of the Dirty South's more promising talents.
The big payoff came a year later with the release of Thugs Are Us (2001), the album that catapulted Trick Daddy alongside Ludacris and Mystikal as one of the few nationally championed Dirty South rappers; and it similarly catapulted him onto the play list of every urban radio station in America, not to mention MTV. In particular, the album boasted "I'm a Thug," Trick Daddy's biggest hit yet; and, more importantly, his most accessible. Despite his tattoos, gold grill, and overall thuggish aura, Trick Daddy earned mainstream airplay and climbed the Billboard charts. A year later he did so again with his fifth album in six years, Thug Holiday (2002), and its lead single, "In da Wind," perhaps Trick Daddy's most inventive work yet. Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets appeared two years later.
Trick Daddy Loves The Kids
Miami son Trick Daddy doled out toy donations to more than 700 children on December 21st in his hometown. Mattel, Atlantic Records, and Warner Music Group contributed to the toy drive as did Trick and Pit-Bull, who also made an appearance.
Local radio station Power 96 had six vehicles on site playing music, and Mega Parties provided rides including a rock wall and air-bag trampolines.
Trick Daddy's latest album, THUG MATRIMONY...MARRIED TO THE STREETS, debuted at #2 in November, his highest debut yet.
Trick Daddy - Thug Matrimony
In the two years since he released the gold-selling Thug Holiday, Trick Daddy has settled down and married long-time girlfriend Amane Burnett. And as other Dirty South MCs bumrush the national stage, the platinum-grilled rapper has been relatively undetected. But Trick is back on the scene with his sixth album, Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets, to quiet those critics who think wedlock has softened the one-time felon. Still equipped with the kind of street-savvy cuts that make him a true contender for the King of the South title, Thug Matrimony’s pop sensibilities elevate Trick above a congested sea of thugs.
Busting straight out of the gate is the lead single, “Let’s Go,” a crowd-pleasing anthem that samples hair-metal icon Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” Lil Jon screams, “Let’s go / If you want it / You can get it let me know,” and Trick fiercely testifies, “I’m strictly for the thugs / I’m for the streets / And straight out the ’hood.” Trick also justifies his thug roots on “Fuckin’ Around,” a boisterous, bounce-driven collaboration with T.I., Young Jeezy, and Kase 1, on which Trick warns, “Y’all niggas keep fuckin’ around / Get stuck in the ground.”
Not one to hold his tongue on matters of a sexual nature, Trick links up with Khia (“My Neck, My Back”) on “J.O.D.D. (Jump On da Dick)” for an explicit sexual romp through the strip clubs. The Miami bass–influenced “Down Wit da South,” featuring Trina and the Ying Yang Twins, is sure to have saltshakers quaking throughout the Dirty. But on the uneventful “Ménage à Trois,” Trick’s supporting cast of Jazze Pha, Smoke (Field Mobb), and Money Mark comes up short.
With songs like “Fuckin’ Around,” Trick returns to his brand-name raunchiness. The album’s true highlights, however, come in the form of well-crafted pop tunes that find Trick playing big brother to the youth. In 2002, he said, “Trick love the kids,” and now, with the introspective “These Are the Daze,” he’s showing them how to live a better life. On the positively encouraging “I Wanna Sang,” he unabashedly harmonizes in a low baritone over an interpolation of Foster Sylvers’s classic “I’m Your Puppet.” Even though the album includes a saccharine ballad, “The Children’s Song,” it is a Trick trademark; the earnest sincerity in his message saves it from becoming drearily preachy. He loves the kids, and they love him right back.
One of the album’s most poignant moments, though, comes from the soul-tinged, Scott Storch–helmed “I Cry,” which pairs Trick with Ronald Isley for a heartfelt excursion through darker times. On the flip side, the breezy “Sugar (Gimme Some)” eases the mood, as Trick praises all the “nice, clean, and decent women,” alongside Cee-Lo and the always captivating Ludacris.
With an ingenious combination of songs that will both excite the clubs and beckon listeners to think, Thug Matrimony proves that even the most hard-core thug of thugs can grow up. Creating a more mature, complex self-portrait, the Liberty City hustler asks hip hop fans to consider him a man who uses his past sins to inform misguided souls. Even though the album showcases a lighter side of Trick, it still remains true to the streets that raised him. And this is the bond he will hold with his audience until death do him part.
Cookin' With Trick Daddy
Trick Daddy tapes cooking show pilot for MTV. You may know Trick Daddy for his raps, but did you also know he likes to cook?
Allhiphop.com reports that the rapper has just completed taping a MTV pilot for a new cooking show. During the pilot episode, Trick Daddy whips up a couple of his specialties.
If MTV turns the pilot into a full season, then Trick Daddy says he'll invite other rappers to come cook with him on the show.