Trick Daddy
Still On It

trick-daddy1.jpgIt’s hard to believe that 2007 marks 10 years since Trick Daddy first came into the game. Since then, the Miami MC has dropped seven solo albums (two platinum and three gold), including his most recent release, Back by Thug Demand. While other 3-0-5 inhabitants like Rick Ross and Pitbull have relished in becoming Dade County’s latest poster boys, Trick has been quiet as of late. Busy building his new label, Dunk Ryders, and trying to get off his old one, Slip-N-Slide, Trick Daddy Dollars recently spoke to xxlmag.com about his newest project, his issues with Ted Lucas, Oprah and Bush and what he would do as the president of the United States.

Back by Thug Demand is your seventh album in 10 years. How’s the response been?
We had a little discrepancy about the first two week’s sales, but other than that, word on the streets is Trick got the hardest album out. I definitely represented strictly for the thugs, ’cause that’s who I do it for, really. I do it for the struggle, the hood, the ghettos, the jails, all the strip clubs, and Trick definitely love the kids, so it’s always good music.

Why did you decide to start your new label, Dunk Ryders, now?
I did that label for three reasons. First, so I can be able to see my kids two, three years in college. At the rate that I’m going and how music is going, that’d be possible. Second reason is to help save hip-hop. There’s a lot of bullshit music being put out, and the majors is signing these dudes ’cause they got one good record on they album and they don’t want the next major to sign them. So they signing them for the wrong reasons. Third thing is to help any young man make money and show them how much money can be made the correct way, the proper way to file taxes, and show them how much money I got fucked over for all these years.

Rumor is Trina’s been dropped from Atlantic. Ever think about signing her to your label?
They have certain options dealing with Trina’s deal, so that’s a situation that ain’t got nothing to do with Trina, I believe, ’cause you don’t drop baddest bitch off your label. There’s something else to that.

How’s your relationship with Slip-N-Slide founder Ted Lucas these days?

If I had one wish, I’d be free [or] indie by myself. My last two albums had two years between them, and that’s not my fault. I think the best thing for Ted to do is let me go off of Slip-N-Slide. If he respect me for the money I made him, the records and all the notoriety I gave him for Slip-N-Slide, he’d just let me go and let me get some real money, ’cause the rappers don’t make no money. If Ted Lucas can release me from Slip-N-Slide. Do it for the love of hip-hop. Do it for the love of Trick. Do it for the love of yourselves. And I guarantee you, he’d get more respect from the people off the streets. Ted cannot let me go out like a sucker in this game. He got to let me go out with the money, [and the] only way I’ll be able to make money from Slip-N-Slide is for Ted to let me go.

Why do you think he’s not letting you go?
’Cause he don’t care about me or himself. Maybe he needs to get to know himself. If Ted Lucas could write down all his problems and put them in a bag and shuck ’em up every morning, he’d realize the next day he’s still got another problem. The problem he’d deal with yesterday probably gon’ come back and bite him again, too. But if you take everything Trick did for you, all the good things, from the albums to all the good vibes the old original Slip-N-Slide did, and all the good times and put them in a bag—aww, man, that could take you a long way. The main thing is to keep it simple, keep it real, be honest and pull no stunts. You can’t forget where you started and came from.

Shifting gears for a moment, how do you feel about President Bush’s wanting to deploy 20,000 more troops to Iraq?
Bush don’t understand the morals of family. I don’t think he was ever loved. Everybody in his family been in politics all they life. He never had a chance to live his life, so he don’t know what it means to miss his family or to lose someone. When was the last time you hear about someone in his family passing? When was the last time they had a funeral? Never. I think Bush is trying to start a World War IV.

Well, we’d have to have World War III first.
Shit, we done did III. World War III was two terms with another Bush. We done had a Bush in our area for 16 years. We had to deal with him in Florida, ’cause Jeb [Bush] was the governor of Florida. We was dealing with it anyways. Y’all just getting pissed off about it. We been pissed off about it.

If you were in office, how would you resolve the situation?

First of all, if I was in office, I’d get together all the chiefs and all the heads and chiefs of staffs of all the countries and explain to them like, “This is how it’s going to be. We need y’all oil and water. Y’all need our money and technology. Now, what y’all gon’ do? Y’all act crazy, we gon’ blow ya off the face the earth.” And we not talking about the beef with other countries. We not talking about innocent civilians. I’m talking about the muthafucka we got the problem with. Go at him. I would [also] give better jobs and better homes for the homeless, [build] better shelters, and I’d curse Oprah Winfrey out for sending all that money over to Africa when we got poor homeless little girls in America.

Well, one of the reasons Oprah built the school in South Africa was because she felt the children abroad would appreciate it more, as opposed to the children here in America.

Yeah, it starts with her for thinking that. Kids would never care about going to school unless your mama and daddy instilled into your head and explained to you that you need this thing to live. Tell Oprah to come up off that money, man, and tell her to give me some of that shit. I guarantee Oprah could’ve gave me $10–$11 million, and I could’ve built one of the most beautiful schools in Miami and hired the right people to work the school and got grants approved to run the school. It would’ve been a success story, and within the next three years, I woulda had one of the top students in the state of Florida graduating out of my school.

You seem to be really passionate about political and social issues. Ever thought about running for a political office?
I’m a convicted felon. I can’t even vote. Ain’t no way they gon’ let me run. [But] actually, I ain’t want to tell nobody, but I want to coach the Dolphins, man. I’m trying to run for the head-coaching job at the Dolphins. I feel you shouldn’t buy a professional team unless you in love with that professional sport. That’s what’s fucking up the whole sport world now. How can someone have no knowledge of sports history and have nothing but money own the Miami Dolphins? Those are really my Dolphins. He own them, but they really my team. I just let him buy them.

Speaking of purchases, are you still one of Ralph Lauren’s biggest customers? After all, you were one of the first rappers to rep his Polo line in your songs.
I don’t fuck with Polo no more. We reached out to Polo in 1997 when “Nann Nigga” was real big, and everybody knows that once I said I was going to wear Polo that the whole South went Polo crazy. It was never designed for Black folks, ’cause the clothes really ain’t big enough. But I did that, and they followed me. We called them and was like, “Listen, I have an artist that’s biggin’ up Polo big. He got all the kids in the South wearing it. He doesn’t want no money, he just wanted to know if there was a way he could order stuff that nobody has?” The general manger of sales said that they not interested in nothing like that and they would appreciate if I didn’t even say they name in my rap. Fuck Ralph Lauren’s faggot ass and everybody he know.

  • creepa 101

    first bitches!!!!!

  • creepa 101

    trick daddy career is over bitches! his new album is WACK

  • 11kap

    Trick should be the chief executive for real.

  • Transformer

    THE REALEST TO DO IT>>>>>>

  • Fernando

    Who the hell is asking these interview questions??? He act like Trick is all politically intelligent. This fools response to how to fix Iraq was one of the worst I have ever heard, & the writer praised it as some astute political idea. Trick sounds like an angry, broke, retard. I do like his music though, somehow he always comes through with some slappers.

  • Yun

    CREEPA if his new album is wack its because Ted Lucas got his hands tied

  • Flip

    T Double D keepin real for his real niggas. I appreciate it.

  • Rob (from around the way)

    Trick Daddy’s last album is a straight street classic. People that don’t get that, probably are the same ones that feel Puff is a raw lyricists ( like creepa 101, for example)

  • 11kap

    Trick is to Miami and the rest of america what Peter Tosh was to Jamaica. Tell it like it is, Trick!

  • SANLEANDRO510

    Fuck Polo then. You’d think if a public persona wanted to rep the gear, they’d be all over it to promote they own name. Give that shit to Dro’.

  • OG Frank

    One of the major southside rappers

  • Dipset

    You seem to be really passionate about political and social issues. Ever thought about running for a political office?
    I’m a convicted felon. I can’t even vote. Ain’t no way they gon’ let me run. [But] actually, I ain’t want to tell nobody, but I want to coach the Dolphins, man. I’m trying to run for the head-coaching job at the Dolphins. I feel you shouldn’t buy a professional team unless you in love with that professional sport. That’s what’s fucking up the whole sport world now. How can someone have no knowledge of sports history and have nothing but money own the Miami Dolphins? Those are really my Dolphins. He own them, but they really my team. I just let him buy them.

    ^^^ LMFAO!!!!!! I WILL 4 EVER RESPECT THIS MAN AFTER THAT COMMENT… Go Fins!!!

  • http://XXL.COM general_jeff_hood

    ME AND DRAMITIC AND THIS GUY ABOVE ME ARE HOMOS DIPSET YEAH HES GAY.

  • Tista

    fukin retarded ni99a

  • rives305

    TRICK’S ALBUM WAS RAW idk what y’all talk about & all his classic qoutes

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    Fuck Ralph Lauren’s faggot ass and everybody he know.

    I want to coach the Dolphins

    I’d curse Oprah Winfrey out for sending all that money over to Africa when we got poor homeless little girls in America.

    I think Bush is trying to start a World War IV.

  • http://www.myspace.com/3ndles3records myspace/3ndles3records

    trick is keepin it real right there yo! loving it.

  • jacquez
  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    trick started the interview sounding older, wiser, and more mature, by the end of it he was sounding more like his ol’ ig’nant Dade county self…i can respect it either way

  • jon jon–23

    Trick seems smart and if he had a good formal education he would be on to something (though he does come off as being a little high). I love Trick but as far as Oprah is concerned, I agree with her. A lot of black kids in America are not interested in school, only dancing, dressing nice, and acting grown and its not their fault–it’s the parents faults. You gotta love black kids that have very hard lives getting something like a nice school. I’ll bet the school breeds some successful and intelligent black people.

  • babyboy

    neva gon rock polo again
    i mean, shit, 1st, Tommy, then Cristal, whats next KFC or Mcdonalds??, damn

  • agee

    Are those Bugle Boys…..no bitch they POLO.

  • MadeNDade

    Trick is da realest Nigga in da rap game….305 ‘Til I Die….Just listen to his lyrics….If you are real then you can relate if you not then fuck ya….It real or nothing at all in da County of Dade…

  • Representin409

    Trick called out Oprah because she full of shit. She want to talk about black kids are all about shoes and ipods, but she gave away free cars on her show to people that already have cars and are capable of attending her show without missing work to pay bills or put food on the table. Why she did’t give those cars to black kids in America that are starting their first year of college and really needed them. Why didn’t she open a private school with good teachers in New Orleans for low-income kids. Everybody sitting in her face on her show are either rich and white, or black acting white.”I do it for the struggle, the hood, the ghettos, the jails, all the strip clubs.”

  • Stax On Deck

    Much Love To Trick Daddy

  • Knowledge Speaks

    ^^^^
    Why the fuck is everybody getting on Oprah for doing what she wants with her money. ITS HER MONEY NIGGAZ, SHE CAN DO WHATEVER THE FUCK SHE WANT WITH IT! At the end of the day the money is still helping out children in need. Africa is a third world continent with millions of children who are in a lot worse conditions then the kids here. The majority of these kids don’t even own a pair of shoes. She helpin’ out Black people, so whats the problem?

  • BlackBetty

    How is he gonna get credit for the polo shit polo’s been being worn since the 80′s or at least the early 90′s wu mentioned that shit long before him.

  • BIGGI-P,(manchester uk)

    trick is 1 of tha hottest niggaz around.the man is a legend like ludacris man this mutha fukka creppa 101 dnt no shit so fuck u fuck bush and blaze sum trick niggaz T.D.D peace

  • BIGGI-P,(manchester uk)

    1 MO THANG OPRAH SUKS MAN BITCH MAKIN UP RUMORS ABOUT MOST SOUTHERN ARTIST(luda,ciara,trick)SHE DNT NO SHIT SO FUCK OPRAH!

  • http://www.molie-mo.hi5.com molie_mo

    i dnt agree with oprah but i dont agree with this stupid mofucka. Yeah they poor ppl in the states but if u see the poverty in africa oyu wouldnt even talk shit im pretty sure that every american citizen can at least get food once a day if nothing else but come to africa you arent even guarenteed food once a week. Oprah didnt have to make such an ignorant statement about black kids in america it was uncalled for she just had to do her shit. Plus why spend 40 million on only 357 kids? thts stupid tht money would have been enough to give proper education to prolly 10000 kids if nothing else damn ma friends in nigeria in high school pay a $100 a year as there school fees and this are top notch schools so what the fuck is she doing? in nigerian currency 40 million dollars in 6 billion naira check tht shit out. thts where she made a mistake

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Representin409 Says:

    January 18th, 2007 at 11:19 pm
    Trick called out Oprah because she full of shit. She want to talk about black kids are all about shoes and ipods, but she gave away free cars on her show to people that already have cars and are capable of attending her show without missing work to pay bills or put food on the table. Why she did’t give those cars to black kids in America that are starting their first year of college and really needed them. Why didn’t she open a private school with good teachers in New Orleans for low-income kids. Everybody sitting in her face on her show are either rich and white, or black acting white.”I do it for the struggle, the hood, the ghettos, the jails, all the strip clubs.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    true story

    T double D a real nigga…real recognize real…always did and will have respect for dude…

  • Nature_Boy

    same here Molie_Mo i do not agree about what he said about Oprah , we all know that theyres poor ppl in the states , heck theres poor everywhere in the world man . And even if she did do a school in the Miami im sure some would not even attend it after a while . After the roots of African American is Africa the poorest continent of the world . Even though i would have prefered Oprah doing a couple school than doin one school for 10 millions i still think she did a great thing … Trick Daddy doesnt know about his roots , every should help Africa out !!!

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    STOP HATIN U LAME ASS YANKS I SWEAR I’LL THROUGH AWAY EVERY MOBB AND WU ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT IF YALL KEEP HATIN

  • Hip Hop Lives in The South

    BlackBetty Fuck You, Wu, AND the whole state of New York

  • Swisha House

    Man, I like Tricks new track thats out, his lyrics are weak and he gets murked my Chamilitary on that track.. but it serves its purpose.
    The whole album serves its purpose, its thug, down south, headbangin shit. It may not be the “lyrical” shit, but it gets me in the mood to party and get into shit.. like I said it’s purpose.
    Gotta respect Trick, 10 Years, 7 Albums, 2 Plat and 3 Gold, not a bad track record, and like he said.. he got fucked over on dough. Gotta watch them dollas, TDD!!

    ” Fuck Ralph Lauren’s faggot ass and everybody he know. ”
    LMFAAAOOOO!!!

    1 hunned.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kingtru83 King Tru

    Trick is real, he is out the streets so its obviously not going to sound ike the standard political interview…and I don’t think we would want it that way…look where it has gotten us so far, Bush in office for 8 years total!
    He is a legend and rightly so with as long as he has been in the game.
    Polo and every other company out there who acts like the hip hop/rap/streets people in fact, gutter people are not good enough to speak the name of thier brand, screw thier bias a$$s.
    Oprah? She edits Luda, she has more money than any other woman in America…and instead of helpin out the troubled youthes…she criticizes rappers who attempt to with charity and words.
    Its not like it is blood money!
    Go on Trick, tell it like it is!

  • D

    Trick is no busta. He has no busta tendencies.

  • zoeboy305

    I GOT MAD LOVE FOR TRICK BUT I THINK HE WRONG FOR BASHING OPRAH.I AGREE THAT THEY ARE POOR KIDS IN AMERICA BUT ITS NOT THE DEGREE OF AFRICA.THE ONLY SHE BUILT THAT SCHOOL THERE IS BECUZ SHE FELTED THAT THEY WOULDN’T APPRECIATE IT HERE…..

  • young_jay

    trick daddys the KING OF DA SOUTH I LOVE TI BUT TRICKS BEEN DOING IT FOR AWHILE

  • yung ceasa

    i was gon come herre 2 clown trick 4 bein outsold by bow wow which is still hilarious by tha way (haaaaaaaaaaa), but now im commin 2 commend him 4 speakin up on tha bitch made nigga runnin our country. and tha oprah thing, which is 2 damn controversial 4 my taste, cause like trick said its homeless girls all over america wit nowherre 2 go and not a scrap of food 2 eat. but anyways trick gott longevity and errything so if he start makin good music people will start 2 respect that

  • that dude

    good interview, props! LOL at Trick tho

  • Money Carlo
  • BIRDSFLYSOUTH

    TRICK IS ONE OF THE FEW SOUTH RAPPERS I RESPECT.

    TRICK IS FOR THE STREETS. UNLIKE YOUR FAVORITE RAPPER’S; HE IS NOT MAKING A GIMMICK OF THE STREET LIFE.

    TRICK MAY NOT BE THE BEST LYRICIST BUT I CAN APPRECIATE HIS MUSIC.

  • Representin409

    1. Oprahs money is her money, but how is she going to talk about black American kids when her house cost more than the damn school.

    2. All kids deserve a good education, But reading and writing is not that continent’s biggest problem. They need to be taught how to quit speading AIDS to others and their unborn kids and that needs to be taught to more than 357 kids of leadership. And if the people in Africa are really starving, then a school is probably last on their list of most critical shit needed.

    3. African Americans trace their history to Africa, but there is a difference between the two. African Americans have been able to stand up to the government and society that enslaved them for over 400 years, but Africans continue to let AIDS, poverty, rouge governments, diamonds, and their own people destroy them. African Americans blame white people for slavery, but who do you think sold and walked them off the coast of Africa. Black American kids do have it better in America, but there are still kids in the south and the state of Louisiana that are victums of this government, and modern-day slavery, and Katrina.

    I’m not trying to speak for Trick —> all I’m saying is help the ones that was on that boat with you.

  • MaxWood

    Representin409– I agree with some things that you said…but the fact of the matter is you and most of america are mislead about the education process. How do you just single out the South when it comes to a Nationwide problem envolving youth’s education. Graduation rates are 22% in Detroit, 36% in Baltimore and 37% in NYC…just some examples….while schools in Atlanta area [although not great] are from 53% to 77% in it’s surrounding counties.

    Oprah does have the right to build that school anywhere she wants. But a common misconception that people have about Africa is that a majority of the Country is impoverished with people living in rural areas…when most of Africa is actually urbanized. It is actually just a much poverty here in the US than in Africa. So what i don’t agree with is how Oprah didn’t blow that kind of money on her on country. She makes money off of us, but doesn’t give back to the poor folk like she should….only to people who’ve had chances and misfortunes…

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    He said fuck Ralph Lauren’s faggot ass!!!!! That is classic!!!

  • Big D

    ALL YOU MOTHERFUCKERS HATIN’ ON OPRAH CAUSE SHE’S HELPING AFRICA ARE JUST PLAIN SELFISH MOTHERFUCKERS. HOW LONG SHE BEEN HELPIN BLACK AMERICANS. AND CAUSE SHE HELPING OTHER COUNTRIES YA MOTHERFUCKERS GOTTA A PROBLEM WITH THAT. IF I WAS OPRAH I’LL DO THE SAME SHIT, AND FUCK WHOEVER GOT A PROBLEM WITH IT…. YOU FUCKING DUMB NIGGERS DON’T WANNA SEE BLACK PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRY GET A CHANCE RIGHT? SELFISH MOTHERFUCKERS. YA ALWAYS GONNA BE NIGGERS.

  • PACKMAN

    Once again B!! Im proud of you Boo!

  • J.Golden

    First of all thank you T Double-D for being my hero. You stand up when it’s time, deliver the truth,and close your mouth when need be,{which is usually never}But n e ways I love you Mr.Mayor,you will always be the thug’s president. Fuck Oprah and Polo!

  • http://soon-2-be-stars.wetpaint.com Nae Nae

    Let me tell yall somethin. Trick gon keep doing his thang wheather ya like it or not. Me personally, I like Trick. He lets ya know what’s up and he real wit it. So haters do what ya do best and hate. Hate on him hate on whoever they do what they do to get that paper and stack dem chips. Hate or congradulate is my motto. So do more congradulating and less haten. And I’m out! Repen Georgia till I die!

  • Young Banks

    YO Trick Daddy was speaking on some real shit the whole game is fucked up now.. and whats worse artists who putting out this wack ass walk it out muzic… It’s time for real hiphop to stand up.. big up’s to the homie Trick Daddy…

  • general_jeff_hood

    hood gen wannbe get a life….oh yeah trick got points on some shit…but his war issues is some of the dumbest shit i ever heard this nigga would be the end of the world if he was president shit he want world war three to happen…how you gone threatin to blow niggas of the planet! for oil…trick cool and shit but he sound like a super villian…trick daddy vs superman

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  • east waco, tx

    REAL PLAYERS IN TEXAS WAS WEARING POLO MANY YEARS BEFORE TRICKDADDY RAPPED ABOUT IT ON A SONG BUT HE STILL REAL THO

  • ya boy

    first of all you idiots….just because he is real doesnt mean he is lyrically talented….and it is obvious that is not the case…second his responses to those political questions is the reason we will never have a black president…..third….to the idiot who said fuck NY…there would be no hip hop without NY so not only is RL a fag i think you should join that ranking as well……

  • jbo

    Trick is a real nigga. That nigga dont give a fuck what he say and who he say it about. And that new album aint wack either yall just aint listening.

  • http://gmail snypaman@gmail.com

    Oprah is a hata. She don’t like those involved in hip-hop. She had a whole cast of a show that Ice Cube produced, but she didn’t invite him. Thats why 50 Cent called her out. Oprah is doing her thing, but she doe not represent what Black people stand for as a whole.

  • doctor69

    trick calling out oprah bad move if you wanna still eat specically if you kids gonna probly go to a college she gave money too. but at least he just admitted hip hop is dead

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    well..dats my nigga