Trae Tha Truth Thinks Radio One’s Ban Against Him Prevented Him From Helping More People in Houston
Trae Tha Truth is a prime example of an artist who uses his platform and resources for a good cause, as he's been working tirelessly to help his home city of Houston following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey last year.
Despite all of the work he has done and the help he has provided, the Texas native feels as though a previous grudge held against him by Radio One has prevented him from assisting many more people. During his interview with The Breakfast Club, Trae addresses the ban, as well as the lawsuit he filed back in March, explaining that it has caused more harm than help for what he is able to do for others in his home city.
"People don't understand, if you're blocking me in a corner constantly...if you imagine all of the people that I've helped thus far, I probably would've helped probably times ten that if I wouldn't have been shielded away. So blocking me is blocking me from being able to feed so many others."
The "FRFR" spitter is suing the company for gross negligence and alleged defamation and hopes to lift the ban in the future. Trae claims that he has been banned by the station since 2009, after a shooting took place at his Trae Day event in his home city. An on-air personality of the station accused Trae of provoking the situation at the time, which led to the alleged radio ban.
Trae recently released his Hometown Hero album this year, which he says was recorded over the course of three days. The project came after Trae worked day and night to try and help the residents of Houston who were harshly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. He admits that while he was working with his city, he didn't want to go back to doing music for awhile.
"Imagine us up at 8 in the morning going until 9 or 10 at night to where we just shut off our regular normal lifeline," he says. "Which leads to the album...I was doing this so much, I kind of just start ducking doing music. Not like necessarily scared, but it's just like I done went this long without it, man, don't talk to me about doing music. I don't want to do none of that. It was a tricky situation cause I'm the Vice President of Grand Hustle, but you know, Tip and them understood. We were debating at first because he'd always be like, 'Man, what you doing is so much bigger than this music stuff. You might have got your calling.'"
Outside of his efforts and donations along with other people's help, Truth says that there is still tons of damage in the city, and that it could take up to 10 years until it's fixed.
"Bro, 500,000 homes and over two million cars. It's gonna be at least five or 10 years, man," he explains. "The money situation still the same. When you reach out and you ask...you know in tragedy, a lot of people know to go to FEMA and stuff, the main thing you hear in Houston is that they got denied and they trying to tell them to go get a loan, but imagine if you was already struggling and then this happened. But then you get denied and they tell you to get another loan, you gon' be upside down three, four times. Some people just say, 'Fuck it, I'll start over,' or 'I don't know what I'm gonna do.'
Also during the sit-down discussion, the Southern lyricist talks about his upcoming Trae Day event on July 22 in the Texas city, as well as what more people can do for Houston to help.
Watch Trae Tha Truth's full interview with The Breakfast Club in the video below.
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