Miami’s original “Boss” has released his eighth album Finally Famous. He recently checked in with Hip-Hop Wired and gave his views on Officer Ricky, snitching, as well as his position in the rap game.
HipHopWired: So, let’s get into your project, Finally Famous, man. You seem like you’ve got a lot of stuff to get off your chest this go around, what can we expect with this project?
Trick Daddy: Definitely, you know I’m doing me now. I am the boss on this project. A lot of the ideas, a lot of the music, a lot of the stuff, I totally control now what has a lot to do with the album. It’s on my own label Dunk Ryder Records. It’s the same Trick Daddy music, on every album. It’s well rounded, it’s talking about the struggles, the streets. I represent the thug, you know what I’m saying. There’s a new game out now called “Tattling.” Ni**as are snitching to get their time cut. It’s very, very contagious and I’m talking a lot about that on the album.
HipHopWired: O.K. So let’s talk about the snitching thing. Why do you think that’s become so prevalent now and the thing to do?
Trick Daddy: I don’t know, these dudes, somebody didn’t raise them correctly. A lot of the snitching is coming from, obviously, getting caught, getting in trouble. So you’re doing street Shyte that you can’t afford to do obviously if you can’t afford to go to jail. A lot of these n**a talk that Shyte but they don’t really be on that Shyte and it’s so easy now to turn and say that and squill on your homies, so it’s the most popular thing.
They lock you up and put you in there. They know a broke ni^$a ain’t really got no money, they know when they step to them they going to tell you them same line. “Well you ain’t who we looking for, we don’t really want you.” They already know the ni**a ain’t got no bail money as it is. So what is he supposed to do? So the second person you have to go blame would definitely have to be the ni**as that’s fuc*ing with them.
HipHopWired: That’s true, that’s true. So you talking about you fuc%ing with snitch ni**as and Shyte. How do you feel about the whole situation with Rick Ross, man? Because it seems like that’s what you did and kind of let something like that into your camp.
Trick Daddy: The situation with Ross. Ross wasn’t in my camp. Ross and I was cool, don’t get me wrong and I was a Rick Ross fan once, you know what I’m saying. I’m a real ni**a. Slip-N-Slide Records ain’t my label. I was just an artist signed to a label; every man got their own sins.
HipHopWired: With that said, are you done contractually wise with Slip-N-Slide. Are ya’ll still cool, what’s the situation with that?
Trick Daddy: I mean, I’m cool with everybody, man. I don’t have but one or two problems and they already know who they is. As far as Slip-N-Slide, I don’t have no problem with Slip and Slide as a label, I don’t have no problem with them.
HipHopWired: Let’s get back to Ross. You spoke about him on the track “This Tha Life,” the street single where you go at him. It seems like he’s shi&ting on everybody he came into the game that helped put him on, whether it’s from ya’ll, Poe Boy, to Slip-N-Slide. Where do you think that aspect comes from?
Trick Daddy: Karma is a mot&erfuc%er, Shyte stinks, you know. No matter, you can believe a lot of Shyte. You can believe nothing. You know what I’m saying, you can believe a lot of Shyte and you can believe in nothing. Ni**as get caught up in Shyte so deep they going to believe in it themselves. And I don’t know, I don’t know what his reasons for whatever he did. My only concern is what he did to me. As far as his situation with Poe Boy, with Slip and Slide, I don’t know what his reasons were for that.
HipHopWired: Why do you think he came at you?
Trick Daddy: I don’t know man, you have to ask him. In one interview he said he came after me because I had, he said I had put the picture out. I want to know…OK, so I’m the ni**a that put the picture out, so you say, so if I put the picture out, why I won’t say I put the picture out. Ni**a why you got to say it. So, obviously he feel like he was realer than me if he feels like I put the picture out and wouldn’t say it and he said I put the picture out so obviously that’s why he wanted to come at me. In the interviews about him saying well ‘Trick said that,” those are old interviews.
HipHopWired: That’s real. So moving forward, let’s talk about “Magic City Trials Of A Native Son.”
Trick Daddy: Yeah, that’s the name of the book.
HipHopWired: How does the book differentiate from the album you put out because you’ve always been real and honest with the music too. So what’s the difference between that. Obviously it’s a book, but I mean how farther do you go in?
Trick Daddy: My music, books, DVDs, documentaries, comments I’ve made in articles, on Twitter, everything I say out my mouth would never, never be nothing that would get you or nobody else indicted. Never will they open any closed caskets or old cases but this book is definitely going to be a best seller and it definitely going to show Miami in a whole ‘nother light.
Something that we never got the chance to hear or see, there was a never a movie based on Miami. They did a documentary, “Cocaine Cowboys,” but it never showed the people who actually went out and sold drugs. The ni**as that toted the guns and shot the guns and the parents who got addicted to the drugs and the babies that were born addicted to the drugs. See they don’t tell that part, and my book, and not to ruin too much of the surprise about the book. But my book does all that and it also sets up the movie behind it as well as a part two or three probably.
HipHopWired: What’s up with the film “Just Another Day?” I know you’re in it with a few people from the cast of “The Wire” (Wood Harris and Jamie Hector), but what’s the whole breakdown of that flick?
Trick Daddy: The flick is a Hip-Hop gangsta flick. It’s a flick about a dude that owns a record company and the other dude is a rapper with the company and they deal with a whole bunch of street Shyte. Just showing the real Shyte that we actually go through and though we’re entertainers, we also have to live. I get to be me in the movie. I ain’t got to play no “Broke Back Mountain” scene. I ain’t got to be no rat or none of that. I was being me and doing my thug thizzle in the movie. And it was a privilege to work with these young ni**as that I admire for what they do.
HipHopWired: So before we wrap it up, let’s talk about your reign in the South for the past 10 years as one of the best lyricist in Hip-Hop period. It’s a lot of tags going around, “King Of The South,” “Boss Of Miami.” But if you look at it from a boxing prospective, nobody’s ever really knocked you off your throne. You’ve got a lot of champions but until you actually take the crown from the person who’s actually held that throne, then it’s just talk.
Where do you see yourself in the Hip-Hop realm because to me, personally you were the “King Of The South” for a good 8-year period, but you never screamed it or claimed it? So what do you say, with this album, to me it’s almost like you’re coming back to take the streets back, is that a fair assessment?
Trick Daddy: Yeah, I would say that, not to say I ever left. I’m actually out here on a day-to-day basis with these people. I’m in the clubs, I’m on the corners. Not saying it’s a safe place to be and not saying it’s a good thing, a good life to live, but I’m living that life. So with all that said, I’m just not the type of person if you want to be the “King Of The South,” then you be “The King Of The South.” If you want to be the “Greatest Rapper Alive” then that’s what you are. I just want to be Trick Daddy that represents strictly for the thugs and love the kids. That’s all I ever wanted to do.