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KELLEY L. CARTER: Hip-hop star up to new tricks

December 15, 2006

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Trick Trick, a staple on the Detroit hip-hop scene, has worked up a deal with G-Unit Records and hopes to have an album out in early July. (Trick Trick)

Trick Trick, Paradime, Obie Trice and Street Lyfe


Trick Trick isn't the type of rapper to mince words.

Last year at this time, right before the unveiling of his Motown Records album "The People Vs," it's safe to say he was a more than a touch upset that his album was being released two days after Christmas and without what he considered much fanfare. He was pretty vocal about his displeasure with how the record label was working his album.

"They're not a good label for rap," says the Detroiter who was born Christian Mathis. "They did some real stupid stuff with my album. They had me competing with people like Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx. And I had very little promotion. Motown Records didn't support my record like a real record label should support a real artist. So I requested a release and got it."

The release took place in September, he says, and he has no idea how bad his album sales were. Nearly a year after its release, SoundScan reports that a disappointing 56,000 copies were sold, far less than when he was moving music independently in the mid-'90s.

"They jacked it up so bad," he says, "that I don't even want to know because I know it didn't do what I expected. So I chose to walk away."

Not that he walked away with nothing in his back pocket.

Trick Trick, a staple on the Detroit hip-hop scene since the early '90s, has already worked up a deal with G-Unit Records, the Universal Record's subsidiary for 50 Cent's signees, home to 50 and rapper Lloyd Banks. Though he's not signed yet, he says the ink should dry shortly after the new year begins and a new album should be out in early July. (Reps at G-Unit could not be reached for comment.)

He's got most of the material for the album already done, including a guest appearance from Eminem, with whom he collaborated on the 2005 hit single "Welcome to Detroit." He's also laid down tracks with 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Ice Cube, WC, Young Jeezy, Kid Rock and has production work from Dr. Dre.

G-Unit is a fitting match, he says, because the New York-based record label knows how to work with his image: a guy from a tough upbringing who has the skills to rhyme himself away from it all.

"Out of 50 Cent's own mouth he told me: 'Trick, you're an artist that people gonna listen to because they know that what you say is real. All over the country, they respect you in the streets. So you need that priority at a label to be pushed right to sell 4 and 5 million records,' " Trick Trick says. "So to have a person like 50 Cent who did, what, 11 million, 15 million records, tell me eye to eye something like that, it helped me to know that I will be important instead of just another notch in the belt for a record label. Plus G-Unit Records is like a family. It's not just a record label."

Trick Trick's show this weekend is not just another concert.

On Sunday, he'll perform alongside Obie Trice and Paradime at a show designed to kick off the launch of a Web site that celebrates, well, groupie love. It's the kind of love -- and I'm using the word "love" loosely -- that is talked about in hip-hop and rock music and whispered about among people in the music industry.

Well, that is, up until recently. Two high- profile books -- Karrine Steffans' "Confessions from a Video Vixen" and Carmen Bryan's "It's No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, From Seduction to Scandal: A Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All" -- have come out, one from a former video vixen and another from a woman who has a kid with rapper Nas.

In the books, they talk about the sexual prowess of famous rappers and expose, from a woman's view, the hush-hush lifestyle that has been around as long as music stars -- and their fans.

The event will be hosted by radio personality Rude Jude, the guy who hurled insults at guests on "The Jenny Jones Show" back in the day.

The Web site launches in January, a project of local music manager Mike Eckstein and Jude, and will capitalize on interest in the sexual antics of famous musicians. It will feature interviews and stories from musicians and anyone else with a good story.

"This show is going to be wild," Trick Trick says. "Rude Jude is a mess. It's going to be crazy. I'm going to do everything. We're going to have fun. We're going to have a party. It's a show, so I know it's going to be a lot of people there who want to hear 'Booty Bounce' and 'Everywhere We Go We Deep,' 'Welcome to Detroit.' I got a million records now."

It's Murda
12-17-2006, 07:21 AM
thx...i like the song "welcome to detroit" of em and trick

Flash
12-17-2006, 07:53 AM
Fuck g-unit homos!no mather how hard they try they are fucked up!

kayitosway954
12-17-2006, 01:08 PM
hahaha whatever, Trick Trick is wack, that song "Welcome To Detroit" was wack, this man only got a name cuz he went up on stage and punched Trick Daddy... Trick Daddy loves the kids, but he'll end the punk ass ones....

LIL-LATINO MC
12-17-2006, 03:30 PM
since he punch the president of dale county,and signed to gunit,then i aint got nothing to say and type but:Fuck Trick Trick.

Welcome to Detroit is wack,is just gangsta studio

PaC3Y
12-17-2006, 05:29 PM
man g-unit can't do anything, they are fucked, there finished

D-block fan
12-17-2006, 06:45 PM
g-unit records=koch.

kayitosway954
12-17-2006, 08:04 PM
g-unit records=koch.

Koch is even better than them..... Cuz its home of D BLOCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! and Kurupt! :D And soon to be home of some of my other favorite artists....... :glare:

D-block fan
12-17-2006, 08:14 PM
Koch is even better than them..... Cuz its home of D BLOCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! and Kurupt! :D And soon to be home of some of my other favorite artists....... :glare: yeah true, koch also is way better then gay-unit

PaC3Y
12-17-2006, 09:52 PM
don't y'all know? every label is better than g-unit!

GUNS
12-18-2006, 02:59 PM
Kurupt is with Gangsta Advisory / Dogg Pound Gangsta Inc / Fontana Distribution ( independent label within Universal)

i'm very pleases that Eminem didnt signed Trick Trick


i'm also enjoyed by the fact that Royce Da 59 is going to sign with The Jones Experience (Brand new label by Nas) / DefJam instead of Shady Records (Since he sqaushed all Shady Beef before Proof's death)

kayitosway954
12-18-2006, 06:32 PM
Kurupt is with Gangsta Advisory / Dogg Pound Gangsta Inc / Fontana Distribution ( independent label within Universal)

i'm very pleases that Eminem didnt signed Trick Trick


i'm also enjoyed by the fact that Royce Da 59 is going to sign with The Jones Experience (Brand new label by Nas) / DefJam instead of Shady Records (Since he sqaushed all Shady Beef before Proof's death)

but if I remember correctly, DPG Inc is under Koch, is it not? but yea Im really glad bout Royce signin 2 Jones Experience, he woulda been bad anyways on Shady/Interscope this day and time

GUNS
12-19-2006, 03:36 PM
but if I remember correctly, DPG Inc is under Koch, is it not? but yea Im really glad bout Royce signin 2 Jones Experience, he woulda been bad anyways on Shady/Interscope this day and time

nah Daz left Sony Bmg's Red Distribution early this year for Universal's Fontana , and Snoop Dogg's label is under Koch (Wich doesnt really help Doggysty;e / Dogghouse at all ......cuz he aint releasing shit besidez that 2006 DPG Album and a Doggystyle Family Compilation in 2005)

kayitosway954
12-19-2006, 11:52 PM
nah Daz left Sony Bmg's Red Distribution early this year for Universal's Fontana , and Snoop Dogg's label is under Koch (Wich doesnt really help Doggysty;e / Dogghouse at all ......cuz he aint releasing shit besidez that 2006 DPG Album and a Doggystyle Family Compilation in 2005)

werd but I could careless bout Daz, man is garbage... Cant wait 4 Kurupts next album though