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Trick Daddy
Back By Thug Demand

Trick Daddy’s been running Miami so long that he seems exhausted—topically, at least. While Rick Ross exposes the underbelly of Dade County and Pitbull paints a multiculti politicized version of MIA, Trick Daddy Dollars has always made his money being the semiconscious thug. Six albums deep into a career that’s produced unruly yet surprisingly introspective material, Trick returns with his seventh disc, Back by Thug Demand, where he’s only a monochromatic paint-by-numbers shell of his former self.

Carpetbaggers and new jacks may have pushed the glamour of the 305 into the spotlight, but Trick is quick to reprimand those blinded by the neon lights. Over the Runners’ rumbling bass line for “Breaka Breaka,” he warns, “Let’s set the record straight/Nigga, I run this whole state/There’s only one mayor of Dade/And the rest of y’all my protégés.” Trick further cements his position on “Born a Thug,” a rich interpolation of 2Pac’s “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug,” and on the Mannie Fresh–produced banger “Chevy.”

Trick has always been one to overindulge, be it on women or drugs (usually both), but here his excess seems unusually forced. On “Tonight,” another raunchy duet with Trina, the duo fail to capture the flirty chemistry of their past sexploits. Supported by Jaheim’s blunt chorus, Trick goes limp with lines like, “I’ll help you get rid of back spasms and do it all without Viagra.” The clichéd ode to dro “So High” does little to arouse listeners either.

Whereas his previous efforts contained a weighty counterbalance to all the pussy and pill poppin’, Back by Thug Demand offers only glimpses into the heart of a thug. Even then, those moments are relegated to a sparse verse (“Straight Up”) or a few bars (“You Damn Right”), instead of being fleshed out into heartfelt songs of the “Thug Holiday” variety. More consumed with proving his street cred and sexual expertise, Trick takes care of all the thugs but forgets to show love to the kids. —JAYSON RODRIGUEZ

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Read the rest of XXL’s Critical Beatdown review section in the XXL’s March 2007 issue (#89)

  • Atl’s own

    its official XXL critics are officialy obsurb!

    this album should have got at least a XL!

    Hell dey gave Ghostace leftovers a XL out of sympathy (cuzz it is not worthy)!

  • yeahh

    first

  • True Trick Fan

    The reviews by XXL magazine are very bias,this album deserved at least a XL.But what do you expect from someone who rates most of the dirty south music the same.I guess cause Trick doesn’t kiss ass,they will just give him whatever.I guess the first interlude of Back By Thug the Demand,was meant for Crtics like this ass Jayson

  • DOLO

    THIS ALBUM SHOULD OF GOT A “S” SMALL. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

  • Rob (from around the way)

    I agree, this album at the very least deserved a XL. Yall losin’ creditability with me.

  • JeRSeY ReSiDeNT

    ATL’S OWN NOT TO START PROBLEMZ MY NiGGA BUT U GOT SLiDE OFF THA SOUTH’S DiCK FOR REAL SON..ii MiGHT BE A EAST COAST NiGGA BUT ii GOT LOVE FOR ALL THA COASTS..DONT MATTA WHERE U FROM..GOOD MUZiK iZ GOOD MUZiK..THiS ALBUM ONLY DESERVES A L..CUZ iT WAS JUST iiGHT…DONT DOG ON MY NiGGA GHOST..NiGGA iZ A FUCKiN LEGEND AND iZ TEN TiMES THA RAPPER TRiCK DADDY’LL EVA BE..AND YEA iMMA FAN OF TRiCK DADDY…KEEP iT REAL SON..THiS ALBUM WAS JUST iiGHT

  • RED EYE

    all you who think this album deserve an XL probably think that all dirty south album deserve one.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=7299 Ryan Beege

    man this album was sick, XL forsure, but jersey resident man what is that crap you are talking ghost aint shit compared to trick daddy

  • True Trick Fan

    This comment is for Red Eye,I don’t think that everyone from down south deserves a XL.There is some real garbage ass rappers that come out of the south as welll as other coast. I am a Trick Fan , I have followed this man’s career from the door.I don’t jump on a rapper’s dick off of one hot song or because that what everyone is listening to. I just say give credit when credit is due.

  • delaynesmom

    I’m a Trick Fan. I have much respect for him and his flow. “Stright Up” is my anthem. Young Buck earned my respect on this one. That’s what’s up.

  • Dj-L

    a like this album man n stop all da h8in yall

  • DJ Q

    trick daddy suck anyway

  • Nia

    I think XXL gives some of the worst reviews for southern rappers. This Trick Daddy cd, is one of his best by far. The album definately deserved a XL. I think XXL needs to get people to review albums that appreciate music from all of the coasts. Your reviews are always biased. Maybe you should get someone from the South to review the cds by southern artists, maybe then we will actually consider your reviews (for southern rappers) acceptable. Obviously, noone that reviews the cds ever knows what they are talking about or how to rate them. I’m going to cancel XXL and just read Ozone (ouch).

  • sly

    fuck XXL. this ol pussy ass bias site. They give some shitty NEW YORK albums XL XXL just cuz its form NY. FUCK them. And newsflash I aint from the South. WEST COASt gets no love but i guess Trick is to real for them. To gangsta. They like that water down shit.

  • newyorkrep

    trick is tryin his best but he will never be the same when he was tounger

  • realspitta

    trick is garbage and washed up.

  • True Trick Fan

    Trick could never be garbage. He is one of the realist out here. That nigga marches to his on beat and alot niggas don’t understand that cause the can’t be themself these days. That nigga hasn’t changed from since the day he came out,and he has never went lolly pop. Rappers these days want to suck niggas like Jay-z’s dick just have a verse on his records or they want to rap about shit that aint never happened to them.This magazine is no different from what the source use to do, a East Coast magazines that promotes East Coast rappers. But really why should any of use give half a fuck about someone that doesn’t have half the bread in the bank that Trick has.

  • BORN IN THE NORTH/RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    I ain’t heard the album yet, but Trick’s been reppin’ the Bottoom lovely for years, so props to him 4 that. 954 & 305 all day. Oh yeah — big up the 215 too….

  • BORN IN THE NORTH/RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    I ain’t heard the album yet, but Trick’s been reppin’ tha Bottom for years, so props to him 4 that. 954 & 305 all day. Oh yeah — big ups to the 215 too…..

  • Stax On Deck

    Mayne XXL is BS-ing as usual with these reviews. This album was str8t hood. Pick the album up. You won’t be disapointed. Errbody bumpin that Trick down here in Little Rock. Check out that smoking track number 15 also!

  • JT Money is Miami

    I’m a real MIA nigga and as much as I bump Trick and Ross, a lof of you so-called Dade niggas forgot who started this 305 stuff. Before Trick & Ross there was JT Money. Talkin about Trick been running Miami for so long….you gotta be kidding me. JT MONEY IS MIAMI, real talk. Without JT Money, there would be no Trick, Trina, Ross or nobody. It’s a crime these MIA niggas forgot about the Money Man.