To quote the classic rock "sexy time" song by Foreigner, it's been feeling a lot like "the first time" for Obie Trice lately, and I mean that strictly in terms of his music. The hip-hop artist's third album, Bottoms Up marks the first time in which he's released a title on his own independent label Black Market Entertainment following his split with Shady Records. During an "A-Sides" session at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, N.Y. last week, Trice said the new album -- which dropped last week -- is a brand new start for him.
He also reiterated that just because he had a falling out with Shady Records (they put out his first two albums Cheers and Second Round's on Me) , it doesn't mean he's no longer tight with longtime friend, mentor and former labelmate Eminem. As a matter of fact, Marshall Mathers appears on the track "Richard" on Trice's new LP. Em isn't the only collaboration on the new 16-track album. Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre, Adrian Reeze, and Drey Skonie are among those who contributed to Trice's new baby.
Last week on "A-Sides," Trice performed first single "Battle Cry," a kick ass anthem about staying power featuring Reeze, and "Spend the Day," a catchy track featuring Skonie. Both tracks are true to that famous opening line in Eminem's hit "Without Me:" "Obie Trice real name, no gimmicks." Following the two performances is a candid interview with the "brudda" as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka might say.
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"Spend the Day"
Interview with Obie Trice:
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.