Obie, whose career jumped off in the same Detroit neighborhoods and underground scene that had birthed Eminem, was quick to keep his attention once they met. "I’m basically a real laid back type of dude," says Trice of his first meeting with Em, "But I’m really about my music, so we got along great from the jump." Em was so impressed with Obie’s work ethic, and felt so strongly that he fit the Shady roster, that he rushed production on a Obie freestyle skit which was added to D-12’s double platinum ’01 Debut ’Devil’s Night.’
Working with legendary producers like Timbaland and Dr. Dre, and the Shady one himself, Obie quickly knocked out a slew of tracks. Obie’s offbeat but respectable rhyme style was a perfect fit for Em’s curious, but nonetheless g’d up beat selection. "Once me and Em really got into the studio together," says Trice, "It just became clear that we should do most of the record together."
Obie Trice Biography:
Obie Trice began
rapping at the age of 11 and had a number of underground hits such as "Respect",
"My Club", "Dope Jobs Homeless", and "The Well Known
Asshole" before he signed to Shady Records in 2000.
As an acquaintance of D12 member Bizarre, Obie was signed after a personal introduction to Eminem allowed him to impress the Detroit rap legend in-person. The general public were first introduced to Obie on D12’s Devil’s Night album on a skit. His one-line opener ("Obie Trice: Real name, no gimmicks" - taken from his song Rap Name and referring to the lack of a rap pseudonym) on Eminem’s lead single; "Without Me", off his well-reviewed The Eminem Show increased public awareness of his name and slogan. Obie also appeared in the video for the song, body-slamming a dummy representing Moby. Appearances on DJ Green Lantern’s official Shady Records Invasion mixtape series, allowed him to further his public recognition. In 2002, Obie Trice appeared in 8 Mile as one of the rappers in the Chin Tiki parking lot scene.
A short while before the first Invasion mixtape was released, he became involved in the Eminem-Benzino beef after being called out by Benzino with the line "Obie Trice/You’s a buster" in a diss track directed at Eminem and Shady Records. In response to Benzino, Obie released the track "Welcome to Detroit City" (a track over the beat from Cam’ron’s song Welcome to New York City) on the first Invasion mixtape. He also joined his label-mates in the highly publicised Ja Rule-50 Cent beef but never received a direct response from Ja Rule.
His debut album Cheers was released on September 23, 2003 with its first single "Got Some Teeth" being well received on radio in a number of countries. He also released the songs "Don’t Come Down" and "The Set Up". The album consists of 17 tracks with production from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Mike Elizondo, Emile, Fredwreck and Denaun Porter. Artists featuring on Cheers include Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg and D12 among others. The album was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA.
As of 2005 he has begun work on his second album, entitled 2nd Rounds On Me, which was expected later that year. Never making the 2005 calendar mark, Obie Trice set sights on releasing it in 2006. It features a lineup chiefly comprised of local Detroit rappers and a decreased presence from Eminem and other Shady/Aftermath artists.
On December 31, 2005, Trice was shot twice while driving on an expressway in Detroit, MI. Trice was able to drive off the express way, where his girlfriend waved down police. He was taken to Providence hospital and released later that day.
Obie Trice Discography
Featuring Obie Trice
Doe Ray Me: D12 and Obie Trice
Love Me: Eminem, 50 Cent and Obie Trice
Drips: Eminem and Obie Trice
Spend Some Time: Eminem featuring 50 Cent, Stat Quo and Obie Trice
Adrenaline Rush: Obie Trice
Stay Bout It: Obie Trice and Stat Quo
Growing Up in the Hood: The Game and Obie Trice
Hennessey: 2Pac and Obie Trice
Got Some Teeth: Obie Trice
Obie Trice official website: www.obietrice.com
Trice Pictures & Obie Trice wallpapers:
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