August 7, 2015 – Access Unlocked is excited about having the opportunity to step inside the world of Hip Hop artist Obie Trice. He has released a slew of hot albums from Cheers, Second Round’s on Me, Bottoms Up and now The Hangover which was dropped August 6.
A. The city of Detroit has its ups and downs. The area I grew up in was definitely dangerous. Many people I knew were killed/murdered there was a lot of violence.
You could still dream but you could not see the dream, because of the neighborhood. Right now the neighborhood which I am from looks like a third (3) world country. Building are either vacant or burned down.
When I was growing up, it was a thriving community.
Q. At the age of eleven (11) you were rhyming over NWA music using a Karaoke machine, which you mother purchased. Was that the moment you became interested in entering the entertainment industry?
A. When I was young, I was good at short storytelling. My brother who is like a father figure to me, saw I had a passion for it. Every Saturday I would perform at the Hip Hop Shop. The songs I performed were written earlier during the week.
Q. Explain the feeling you felt when you received the call, you were going to have dinner with Eminem.
A. I was ecstatic. I could not believe it. I was definitely was excited.
Q. The city of Detroit has had economic struggles and in 2012, the city began to recovery. I believe you played a part in the recovery with your label Black Market Entertainment. Black Market Entertainment was created to provide employment opportunity to the city. Tell us about Black Market Entertainment and the meeting you had with Michigan State Senator Virgil Smith Jr in 2011.
A. At that time I was coming out with a record and my goal was community involvement. The youth would have the ability to take field trips and get involved with music and arts. I am always seeking out opportunities to help our youth grow and see different things outside of the hood.
I also wanted everyone to understand the history of Motown and see it in a different light.
After my meeting with Michigan State Senator Vigil Smith, nothing transpired. Unfortunately now he is going through some legal issues.
Q. If you had the opportunity to change something for the betterment of your career, what would it be?
A. I would learn a different language.
Q. Let’s talk about your recently released HOT single Good Girls, which was produced by Grammy award winning producer Magnedo 7. The sound is different from what we have heard from you in the past. It is fresh, with a crossover appeal and most definitely a club banger. How did you know this was the song to release?
A. I knew this was the song because it had a dope beat and it felt good. It is a feel good record. When Magneto threw me the track, I was like damn this records moves. Once I heard it, the music just came to me. The momentum just kept coming for that song.
Q. So do you believe good girls like to have bad fun?
A. From the ladies I have met, yes. They want something different. The “suburanites” want a regular dude with a little swagger. Not necessarily the drug deal, not necessarily the murderer but definitely someone who has a little flavor about themselves.
A. It is definitely a different type of flavor. You can expect to hear some conscious, club banger, street and storytelling music.
Q. What inspired you to place some conscious music on The Hangover?
A. The neighborhood I came from inspired my conscious music. I am trying to understand why we as black people, kill each other. We look the same, I just do not get that. I do understand because I come from it.
I don’t feel I should be in an altercation with a guy and it is not about shit. There are other things in the world we should focus our energy on, instead of harming each other.
Q. What do you think about Donald Trump and his comments toward Hispanics?
A. I do not dislike any race, we are all created equal. Even with everything going on with police brutality, I do not feel as if, all white people are fucked up. I think some cops are scary and don’t need to have a job as a police officer. As far as Donald Trump he is just ignorant. Real ignorant. I have not heard anything good about Trump in my entire life.
Q. What are your thoughts about the state of hip hop? Do you believe Hip Hop plays a role in the “attitude,” of our youth today?
A. I am not mad at the state of Hip Hop it is a billion dollar industry and it is growing. The music changes and it keeps evolving.
I can speak about my daughter who is sixteen (16) and she is into the culture. She listens to me, her dad and she remains level headed. The music does not impact her in a negatively.
Q. What kind of tours do you have set up for the album?
A. We have the Cheers to the Hangover tour. I will be on stage two (2) hours doing my thing.
Q. You call it Cheers to the Hangover tour and we know you do not smoke but you drink. Is that why you call it Cheers to the Hangover? Do you believe people perceive you as always drinking?
A. Yes, because of my albums Cheers, Second Round’s on Me, Bottoms Up and now I have Cheers to the Hangover. This will be the last album I do with those drinking titles. I will be branching off into something else.
Q. Which do you think is worse smoking weed or drinking? Or should it all be done in moderation?
A. To each his own. I don’t think either one is worse than the other. Marijuana does not balance my brain right. With drinking, I can control it. When I am with my people I am going to have a drink and some of them are going to roll up, it just does not function well with me.
A. The doctors informed me it could cause hemorrhaging in my head. The bullet remains lodged into my skull and it is poking out a bit. I believe my skull has healed itself. My plans are to go back to the doctor to confirm if the bullet is now able to be removed.
Sometimes but not all the time, I experience trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia causes the left side of my face to be in pain. I believe the bullet is laying on a nerve which contributes to the pain. The pain could last from twenty (20) minutes up to two (2) hours. The pain would leave and come back.
Trigeminal neuralgia is also called the suicide pain. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. It is a constant pain and there is not anything you can take for it because it is a nerve situation.
When the pain occurs I can’t talk to anyone. I have to go in a corner until the pain subsides.
I did not skate away freely with a bullet in my head, there are some damages.
Q. Where can we find the dates?
A. We do not have anything tentative set up. You will be able to google it real soon. The album drops tonight.