KillerHipHop Exclusive | Obie Trice Interview
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Obie Trice, real name no gimmicks. That was a great way to start a song, so I figured it would also make for a great article intro. What’s better than, “Obie Trice, real name no gimmicks?” Enough of my gimmicks though, truth is we recently had the opportunity to talk to former Shady Records signee, Mr. Obie Trice.
It’s almost been 6 years since Obie’s last album, so during our exclusive interview we spoke about his new album, Bottoms Up, linking up with Eminem on “Richard”, releasing a DVD chronicling his Shady experience, his plans for B.M.E., and more. Hit the break for the full interview, cheers.
QuezKHH: It’s been a long time since your last album. But for my first question, I want to know where you recorded your first rap?
Obie Trice: I recorded my first rap at a place called The Disc on the east side of Detroit. It’s a legendary studio. Everybody has recorded there. All the big names in the world have recorded there. It’s been there forever, so that’s where I recorded my first rap.
KHH: Now lets talk about your new raps on Bottoms Up. How long did it actually take you to record the entire album?
Obie Trice: About 8 months. It took me about 8 months to record it.
KHH: So all the tracks on Bottoms Up are from 8 months ago? You didn’t record anything after Second Round’s On Me?
Obie Trice: Well yea, I recorded new music after Second Round’s On Me, but none of the music that I recorded is on this record, no.
KHH: Oh, ok. So everything on Bottoms Up is from 8 months ago.
Obie Trice: Right.
KHH: While you were recording Bottoms Up, did you ever feel pressured to create another classic?
Obie Trice: Nah, I didn’t feel pressured at all. This is what I do. Music. That’s what I’ve been doing outside of the media’s eye. On my hiatus, I was still in the studio everyday, so no pressure at all.
KHH: How did you link up with Eminem for “Richard?”
Obie Trice: You know me and Em’ just got the connection like that. We keep in touch almost every other week. That’s my dude, so it was nothing to link up with him. I just go to the studio, and tell him we got to do a record, and we get it in.
KHH: That’s cool! What’s it like working in the studio with him?
Obie Trice: Just like working with anybody else. We just get it in and do it, and have fun, talk shit. We talk about the old days, talk about Proof. We just get to work. Make it happen.
KHH: What was your first impression of Eminem when you first met him?
Obie Trice: A human being.
KHH: When did you meet him? It was before he was famous right?
Obie Trice: No, I never met him before he was famous. He was famous when I met him. He had the Marshall Mathers LP out when I met him.
KHH: I’ve heard that you have footage of yourself, Eminem, and Proof, and that you plan to release it to tell people about your Shady experience. Is there a release date on that yet?
Obie Trice: Nah. [But] we do have that. We didn’t put it out there though, we should’ve put it out there as a deluxe package for this record. Things just got overwhelming with the time schedule, and things like that, but definitely in the future. We’re going to have that DVD probably connected with my next album or something pertaining to my label.
KHH: What’s in the footage? Is it you guys just hanging out, or you guys in the studio? What’s it about?
Obie Trice: It’s about a lot of things. It’s about the Shady experience.
KHH: Your line “Obie Trice, real name no gimmicks” has probably become one of the most famous rap lines in history. Did you ever think that it was going to become so popular?
Obie Trice: Well, I’m a regular dude. A lot of things that I didn’t think [could] happen happened. It’s just in the music. I was appreciative of it, and I’m glad it did you know.
KHH: Let’s talk about your company B.M.E. (Black Market Entertainment). What do you want people to know about that?
Obie Trice: [Black Market Entertainment] is a company that I established in 2010. It’s mainly about bringing jobs to the city of Detroit. That’s what the focus was. There’s a lot of talent up here that I want to display on a international level, not just a local level. I want to put some talent [out]. The same thing Marshall did with me, and D12, and Royce Da 5’9″. I definitely want to give back to my community, and showcase some of these talented artists, [both] male and female. Not just in Detroit [either,] but in the region. The Midwest, Chicago, Milwaukee, Ohio. There’s a lot of talent over this way. I just want to be a part of bringing that talent to the forefront in the future.
KHH: What’s one Midwest act that people should know about?
Obie Trice: Guilty Simpson.
KHH: He’s with B.M.E.?
Obie Trice: Nah, nobody is with me.
KHH: So there’s no roster yet?
Obie Trice: No, this is the first record. [Bottoms Up] is the first project that’s coming out on the label as of now.
KHH: Are you planning to add anyone to the roster yet?
Obie Trice: Not yet.
KHH: Are there going to be any more releases after Bottoms Up?
Obie Trice: Yea, there’s definitely going to be more releases man. It’s not going to stop after this. Bottoms Up is the beginning of a new.
KHH: Any mixtapes on the horizon?
Obie Trice: There’s going to be more mixtapes, more albums, more music, more videos, more entertainment. More everything coming from the label.
KHH: Lastly, is there anything that people don’t know about Obie Trice that you would like them to know?
Obie Trice: April 3rd Bottoms Up comes out.
Shout out to Obie Trice for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. We wish him the best of luck with Bottoms Up, and B.M.E. Follow him on twitter, like him on facebook, and buy Bottoms Up on iTunes.