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Obie Trice III

Background information
Birth name Obie Trice
Born November 14, 1977 (1977-11-14) (age 32) Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Midwest hip hop
Occupations Rapper, songwriter
Years active 2001 – present
Labels Shady, Interscope (2000 – 2008)
Black Market Ent.(2008 – present)

Obie Trice III (born November 14, 1977), is an American rapper and songwriter. He began rapping at the age of 11, and is most known for his time spent signed to Shady Records.



Obie Trice was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan by his mother, along with three brothers. He was given a karaoke machine by his mother when he was eleven and he used it to rhyme over instrumentals from artists such as N.W.A. By the age of fourteen, he was attending rap battle spots around Detroit, notably including the Hip Hop Shop, on which Obie commented,

There was a place called the Hip-hop Shop. We'd go up there on Saturday afternoons for the battles. They were hosted by Proof, from D12. I got a response every time I went. That's when I said, 'OK, I wanna get into this music.' "Really, I didn't have a backup plan...[1]

Obie Trice went by the name of Obie 1 during this time, but when he first met Proof, who was about to introduce him at the Hip Hop Shop, Proof asked him, "What's your name? Your real name, no gimmicks." He was then introduced as Obie Trice, and has kept his real name as his rap name.[2] Trice was introduced to Eminem through D12 member Bizarre. Eminem was impressed when Trice freestyled for him in a car park through a window, whilst Eminem was in a car.[1] Later, Trice received a call from his manager informing him that he would be having dinner with Eminem, and later that night they went to a Kid Rock party.[3]

Trice was officially signed in 2000. He first received public attention via a freestyle skit on the Devil's Night album, followed by the deliverance of the opening line "Obie Trice-real name, no gimmicks", off Eminem's The Eminem Show lead single, "Without Me", as well as the song "Drips".[4] Later in 2002, Obie rapped on songs for the 8 Mile soundtrack, and also got a cameo appearance in the film as a rapper in a parking-lot.[1]

Trice's debut album, Cheers, was released on September 23, 2003 with its first single "Got Some Teeth" being well received on radio in a number of countries. He also released the singles "The Set Up" and "Don't Come Down". The album consists of 17 tracks with production from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Mike Elizondo, Emile, Fredwreck and Mr. Porter. Artists featuring on Cheers include Busta Rhymes, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg and D12. The album was eventually certified gold by the RIAA[5].

In 2005, he began work on his second album, entitled Second Round's on Me. The album was finally released on August 15, 2006. Following the release of Second Round's on Me, he released a mixtape called Bar Shots with G-Unit's DJ Whoo Kid.

In June 2008, Obie Trice departed from Shady Records. A misunderstanding was made where it was believed he was attacking the label and Eminem on a single titled "The Giant" but they were quickly dismissed.[6]


On December 31, 2005, Trice was shot twice while driving on Chalmers Ave by East Seven Mile in Detroit. One of the bullets entered his head. Trice was able to drive off the expressway, where his girlfriend waved down the police.[7] He was taken to Providence Hospital and released later that day. Doctors are still contemplating whether or not to remove the bullet, as it may be too dangerous to operate.

Shortly after his label-mate Proof was shot to death in a Detroit nightclub, a song emerged on the mixtape circuit called "Ride Wit Me". The song was dedicated to Proof. Trice made a speech at Proof's funeral, addressing the problem of black-on-black violence:

I want to talk to those coming up in the 'hood, coming up in the struggle. We're killing each other, and it's about nothing. Nothing. Nothing. We're all dying... over nothing.[8]

In the single "Cry Now" from his second album, Trice addresses his shooting, as well as Eminem's rumored retirement,[9] referenced with the following line, "Rock City is my voice / The white boy has stepped down / So I will accept the crown." Obie Trice has since given insight as to why he feels the shooting occurred, and has labeled it "haterism", as well as a bad mind state by saying, "it’s a lot of do-or-die type individuals. They want to get that plug and there’s really more to the game than they think it is [...] it’s competition on a real vicious level."[10] The bullet is still lodged in Obie's skull.[10]

After Shady Records

Obie Trice's newest album Special Reserve launched on December 15, 2009[1] Special Reserve is Obie's first LP since his leave from Shady Records and Interscope. It gives way to Obie's 2010 album.


Album Year
Cheers 2003
Second Round's on Me 2006
Special Reserve 2009
Bottom's Up 2010


  1. ^ a b c Mark Binelli (September 10, 2003). "Hot Rapper: Obie Trice". Rolling Stone. Accessed January 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Anthony Bozza (May 21, 2006). "Proof positive". The Observer. Accessed January 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Ruben Diaz (September 18, 2003). "Obie Trice: Real Name, No Gimmicks (Interview)". Accessed January 22, 2008.
  4. ^ "Shady Ltd. Joins Obie Debut Album Promotion on Urban and Top 40 U.S. Radio Stations". Business Wire (September 30, 2003). Accessed January 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "2003 Ends With a Bang!". (18 December 2003). Accessed 23 September 2007.
  6. ^ Tai Saint-Louis (30 June 2008). "Shady Records Issues Statement On Obie's Departure". Accessed 1 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Rapper Obie Trice Shot In Detroit". Billboard (2 January 2006). Accessed 23 September 2007.
  8. ^ Eminem, Obie Trice Speak At Packed Funeral For Proof MTV News (19 April 2006). Accessed 23 September 2007.
  9. ^ Christina Fuoco (9 August 2006). "LiveDaily Interview: Obie Trice". Accessed 22 January 2008.
  10. ^ a b Seth Berkman (2 July 2007). "Obie Trice: Take a Ride (Interview)". XXL. Accessed 25 January 2008.

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