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Tru Life
Background information
Birth name Roberto Guzman Rosado, Jr.[1]
Born 1976[1]
Origin Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1999-present
Labels Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Associated acts Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Snoop Dogg, Neo Da Matrix, Saigon

Roberto Guzman Rosado, Jr. (born 1976)[1] better known by his stage name Tru Life, is a American rapper of Puerto Rican descent from New York City. He was signed to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella label. His latest release is a mixtape called Tru York, hosted by J-Love. He is part of a loose collective of rappers from New York known as Ghetto Inmates, along with Seven Dirty, Raze, Pee Da Blame, and Screw.



Tru Life's career started in 1999 after being signed to Dreamworks Records. His album, Cryin' Out Loud, was scheduled to drop in November 2001. In an interview, Tru Life says "They weren't ready to do black music", and "there were too many bumps in the road, and I couldn't move." [1]

Tru Life eventually landed an audition with Jay-Z. After more than ten minutes of Tru Life was able to convince Jay-Z, which prompted him to reply "Somebody, get this kid in front of a camera!". He was signed to a six-figure record deal later that evening.[2]

Tru Life had a feud with Mobb Deep that was documented in the film Beef.[3] He also has a 'beef' with Dipset, in which Tru Life depicted Dipset's Jim Jones wearing a Borat-style mankini; Jones' affiliates retaliating by hacking Tru Life's MySpace page and putting up a similar picture of Tru Life.[4][5][6]

In June 2009, Tru Life turned himself in to police on a first degree murder charge stemming from the stabbing death of a 20 year old male. It is believed that the stabbing of the 20 year old male was an act of retaliation for the shooting of a suspected drug dealer.[7 ] Tru Life, who landed a record deal with Jay-Z in 2005, is now facing life behind bars if he's found guilty on a charge of first degree murder. He has since been released from his Roc-A-Fella contract. Tru Life has pleaded not guilty to both second degree murder and gang assault charges, and is being held without bail.[8]



  • 2001: Cryin' Out Loud (Shelved)
  • 2001: Ghetto Inmates (Shelved, dropped over Mobb Deep feud)


  • 2005: The New New York: The Movement
  • 2007: Tru York


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