What Inspires Obie Trice

Obie Trice is an emcee from Detroit, MI. He started rapping at age 11 used a karaoke machine to rhyme over instrumentals. By age 14, he attended rap battles locally, including the Hip Hop Shop on Saturday afternoons, hosted by Proof. After some impressive performances, Obie was introduced to Eminem by D12 member Bizarre. In 2000, Obie signed to Shady Records and appeared in a freestyle skit on D12′s album Devil’s Night. He was later featured on Eminem’s third official album, The Eminem Show, on the song “Drips”, as well as a cameo appearance in the film 8 Mile and a feature on the soundtrack. Obie’s debut album, Cheers, was released in 2003 with the popular single “Got Some Teeth” that peaked on the Billboard charts. The album included production from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, and Mr. Porter, and more. Guest featured included Busta Rhymes, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, D12, Tony Yayo, and Timbaland. In 2005, Obie’s sophomore album, Second Round’s On Me, was released, followed by the mixtape, Bar Shots, hosted by DJ Whoo Kid. In 2008, Obie Trice departed from Shady Records and later launched his independent music label, Black Market Entertainment, designed to create employment opportunities in the entertainment industry for Detroit natives. In 2013, Obie will be releasing his latest album, The Hangover.

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