Obie Trice Calls Eminem 'My Real N*gga;' Preps New Album Featuring Dr. Dre

It’s been a proverbial roller coaster ride for veteran Detroit MC Obie Trice. Since the release of his 2003 debut, Cheers, the brazen lyricist has enjoyed platinum success as an acclaimed protégé of global hip-hop superstar Eminem; survived a 2005 gunshot to the head; parted ways with his label home Shady-Interscope and mourned the summer 2011 loss of his beloved mother from cancer. Which is why Trice’s upcoming release Bottom’s Up (due out January 17) exudes such an unabashed personal and at times emotional tone.

Fueled by the hard charging first single “Battle Cry,” it’s a defiant project that not only celebrates the rhymer’s return after a five-year hiatus, but it’s also a sneering middle-finger to a music industry that, according to Trice, left him for dead. Now Trice, who has established his own independent label Black Market Entertainment, is gearing up for a comeback on his own terms.

“There’s a lot of politics in this business,” Obie Trice tells VIBE of his turbulent time away from the mic. “I’ve been away, but you can’t leave your fans lingering for five years. You have to keep going. That’s what Bottom’s Up is all about. Life can put you through some pretty serious things from getting shot to my mother’s death. You are only human, but you have to keep moving no matter what the situation is. I just want to bring my own thing to the table with Bottoms Up whether people like it or not. It doesn’t hurt to try.”

However, Trice, who dropped his last studio effort Second Rounds on Me in 2006, admits that his very public split from his former time label home was partially due to his own immaturity. But one relationship he was able to maintain was with the man who first gave him his first big break in 2000: Eminem. The multi-platinum rap icon is featured on Bottom’s Up and also handled production duties along with another larger-than-life hip-hop figure.

“I got Em and Dr. Dre on the album,” glows Trice. “No matter what went down at Interscope we are all still cool. The industry can be so fake, but [my relationship with those guys] is real. I have Eminem’s back. Em is my real nigga. Em is a real dude.”

Trice says the main reason why his friendship with Slim Shady was able to withstand his negative departure from Interscope stemmed from the pair’s strong family ties. “I didn’t know Eminem prior to me coming into the game,” he recalls. “I wasn’t a friend of his before I got signed, but our relationship grew. My daughter Kobie would play with his daughter Hallie. They would be out there all day long…they had to wear the same thing just to play with each other [laughs]. That’s what it was like.”

Still Trice says he had to learn how to separate business from friendship. “You forget that this is a business because you have genuine love for people. Sometimes you got to shake yourself and say, ‘I’m here to make music, it’s a business…I’m hear to make money…that’s my man, but I have to separate those type of situations.’ But yeah, Em is my guy. We are still making music together.”

It’s Trice’s newfound respect for business 101 that has driven him to make his Black Market imprint into a success. He envisions a label that will give other middle-of-the-map MC’s a chance to follow their dreams. “I feel like I have the product,” Trice says. “I have the talent and the right team. I’m not trying to work for anybody anymore. Black Market is focused on Bottom’s Up and from there we are going to sign artists mainly from the Midwest—Detroit, Chicago and the Cleveland area…everywhere. There’s a plethora of talent out there.”—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29)


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Drake, Boogz, Gilla And Other Toronto Artists Talks Toronto Gun Violence In New Documentary

Mustafa The Poet commissioned some of Toronto's brightest stars to speak candidly about the city's growing gun violence. Against a black backdrop Rax, Gilla and the Six-God himself Drake, all discuss losing a peer senselessly to the streets.

Titled Remember Me, Toronto the somber 11-minute documentary shed a light on the emotional after effect gun violence has on the victim's loved ones. “They don’t know the pain I’ve been through,” Boogz from Malvern said. “The friends I’ve lost.”

Drake attributed the city's violence--which boasts more than 98 homicides and 406 shootings in 2018, making it Toronto's bloodiest year on record-- to feuds passed down generationally. "In a lot of the situations in the city it's passed down by elders, people don't even know the logistics of the beef or why or what really happened, it's just I am conditioned to hate this area of this group of people, " he said.

While street life may be glamorized in some artist's music, Baka NotNice noted the consequences of that lifestyle are far from braggadocious.“You know that feeling when you get the cuffs put on you and you get put in the back of the car. It’s not a game when that happens It’s for real,” he said.

The "God's Plan" rapper also discussed the power street credibility has on the male ego. "It's a daunting path to try and be the biggest and baddest from your ends," Drake said.

Reflectively, Gilla said all this death could be a great teacher in a perfect world.

“I wish we could push a button so that everyone we lost to street life, they’re back, but everything that happened that led up to this sh*t we can remember, and all the pain and sh*t that we still felt we can still feel it and now we have a chance to be like ‘Yo, do we really want to do this sh*t again?'

Check out Remember Me, Toronto Shebib scored documentary above.


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Michael Jackson's Former Bodyguard Says Singer Was "Definitely" Into Women

Since the release of Finding Neverland, the legacy of Michael Jackson has gone through many filters. Accusations of child molestation have brought into question the entertainer's sexuality but those who knew him well are condemning the shocking behavior recounted by his accusers.

In an interview with Jim Breslo for the Hidden Truth Show Monday (March 18), Bill Whitfield denied Jackson was ever into men or young boys. Whitfield, who was the singer's personal bodyguard for two years, shared stories about Jackson's dating life. Whitfield claimed Jackson dated two women during his employment with the singer but didn't like to bring women home where his children lived.

"We've had enough conversations to know that he's into women. I know," he said. "I'm aware of him spending time with women. Two women in particular, but what he did with these women in the time they were together, that's not for me to tell. I'm not going to put his whole sexual actions –if any– out there."

Whitfield also shared a story where he was Jackson's wingman of sorts when he took interest in a woman who happened to be attending Georgetown University.

As the host lent his ear the victims, Whitfield insisted that the singer "wasn't the type of guy to molest children" and claimed the accusers in the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck were lying.

"They're lying. I'll speak what I know," he said. "I can refudiate their lies because I know what they're lying about. Where are these pictures at? Their facts are fake, the pictures are fake. What else you got?"

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Donna Brazile Signs On As Fox News Contributor

On Monday afternoon (March 18), Donna Brazile inked a new contract to become a contributor for Fox News. According to Politico, the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairperson will provide statements on the nation's politics on Fox Business as well as the flagship cable station Fox News.

"In order for us to best decide as a people how to better protect and preserve our way of life, we need to first be able to hear what others are saying without the filter of bias and contempt," Brazile wrote in an op-ed about her decision. "Not until we once again become practiced at treating those of differing views with civility and respect can we begin to join together to solve the myriad of problems our country must overcome."

Brazile also mentions how important the upcoming 2020 presidential election is for the country, and that through her new platform, listening to the other side might disperse necessary information.

"In order for us to best decide as a people how to better protect and preserve our way of life, we need to first be able to hear what others are saying without the filter of bias and contempt," Brazile continued. "Not until we once again become practiced at treating those of differing views with civility and respect can we being to join together to solve the myriad of problems our country must overcome."

In 2016, Brazile resigned from her on-screen position at CNN on reports of collusion during Hilary Clinton's previous presidential campaign. Brazile was accused of sharing information with Clinton's team ahead of a town hall. In an attempt to get ahead of the criticism Brazile believes will come her way, she reiterated the need to have an open mind.

"There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats," she said. "We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other.”

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