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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YNW Melly Wants “Restricted Release” From Jail After Testing Positive For COVID-19

YNW Melly tested positive for coronavirus while being locked up in Broward County Florida, and plans to file a motion for “restricted release” as he awaits trial for double murder, the rapper’s team announced on his Instagram account on Thursday (April 2).

“Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 today while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail. He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus,” reads the post, which also ask for fans to send Melly “positive energy.”


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Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 today while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail. He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus. He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please

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The 20-year-old rapper, born Jamell Demons, stands accused of murdering two of his friends, 21-year-old Anthony Williams, and 19-year-old Chistopher Thomas Jr., in 2018. Melly pleaded not guilty to the double-murder charges and is also suspected of fatally shooting an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in 2017.

His coronavirus announcement comes as activists continue to call for the release of nonviolent offenders amid the global pandemic.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that two inmates tested positive for the viral disease. One of the inmates was arrested last month and was screened upon being housed at BSO’s North Bureau, but showed no symptoms. A second inmate was sent to a hospital on Tuesday (March 31) for an unrelated issue and was tested for COVID-19. The results came back positive the following day. “The housing units where he has been were placed in quarantine as a precaution,” the BSO said in a statement.

The state of Florida has so far confirmed 9,000 coronavirus cases and 141 deaths. Many of the cases have been concentrated in Miami-Dade County, which has 2,886 cases and 20 deaths, followed by Broward County with at least 1,481 confirmed cases and 17 deaths.

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TC Carson Reveals He Was Fired From ‘Living Single’ For Voicing Frustrations

T.C. Carson sat down with Comedy Hype for an extensive interview where he revealed that he was fired from Living Single for speaking out on behalf of the cast, and subsequently “blackballed” from Hollywood.

According to Carson, the cast had “various” issues with the show -- from the way that they were treated, to the script, and others things that occurred during the five-season run.

“There were times when we had issues on the show and we would come to them as a cast but I would be the spokesperson for it,” Carson recalled. “That last season before I left, they called me in and they basically said 'All these problems that we’ve been having they [the cast] listen to you…so if you said something else, then they would do that.’

“I said, ‘Well first of all, we’re dealing with five grown people and they have their own minds and their own ideas about what we’re doing,” Carson continued. “Everything we come to you with is a group decision, but if you think I have that much power then I need to have a different job,’ and I don’t think they liked that.”

At the start of the final season, Carson’s character (Kyle Barker) was shipped off to London, raising his suspicions about potentially getting fired, but he was assured that he wouldn’t be let from the show. After the episode aired, Carson says he got a call from his lawyer telling him that he was fired from the show. “It wasn’t that I got fired, it was the way it was done.”

Carson also mentioned the treatment that the cast endured compared to the cast of Friends, which debuted after Living Single and used the same concept, except with white actors. Both sitcoms were filmed on the same lot at Warner Bros.

After getting fired, Carson went on an audition where he learned from a Black casting director that his former Living Single bosses spread false rumors about him. “He said, ‘I heard you were difficult, that you came to work unprepared, and I said ‘You know what? This interview is over. Thank you so much for your time,’ and I got up and walked out because I’m not going to let a Black man berate me in front of these white people.”

The 61-year-old actor described the experience as “devastating,” but despite troubles behind the scenes, he has fond memories of working with Queen Latifah, Erica Alexander, and the rest of the Living Single cast.

Watch clips of his interview below.


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Oprah Winfrey Announces $10 Million Donation To COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Oprah Winfrey is donating $10 million to aid in relief efforts to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, the billionaire announced on Thursday (April 2). The donation will help residents in cities around the country, including areas where Winfrey grew up.

In addition to her donation, Winfrey directed fans to a free Apple TV+ episode of Oprah Talks discussing how we can “mindfully move through a crisis while holding onto ourselves and our humanity.”

“I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up,” Winfrey tweeted.

I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up. For more on this Fund and how everyone can be of service, watch this free AppleTV+ conversation here:

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 2, 2020

One million dollars of the donation will go to America’s Food Fund, which is a GoFundMe campaign launched by Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs in connection with Feeding America. The campaign aides the most vulnerable communities around the country.

In additional tweets, Winfrey added that America’s Food Fund will be “a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors.”

“I hope you all will join me, I know everybody can’t donate a million dollars but I feel like this is the central place to go if you really want to do something,” Winfrey said in a video call with Chef Jose Andres and Feeding America CEO Calir Babineaux-Fonenot.

The campaign has so far raised more than $12 million of its $15 million goal.

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