Obie Trice - The Fifth Tour
August 2019 saw Obie Trice release his latest and highly anticipated studio album titled 'The Fifth'. 2020 sees the 20 year anniversary of Obie signing to Eminem's Shady Records and a significant milestone for him as he moves forward with the release of his 5th album via his own independent label. 2020 will also see Obie joining Hip Hop icon and West Coast legend Snoop Dogg on his ' I Wanna Thank Me ' Tour with dates in Ireland and U.K as well as Trice's own headline tour throughout Europe with D12 legends Swifty McVay, Bizarre & Kuniva.
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Obie Trice Biography
Obie Trice III was born and raised on the west side of Detroit, Michigan by his mother, along with three brothers. He is of African-American and distant European descent. Trice 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 gatherings around Detroit, including the Hip Hop Shop, where he and his friends would go on Saturday afternoons. The battles were hosted by Proof, from D12. Positive response from watchers encouraged Trice to get into rap music seriously."
Trice was calling himself Obie 1 at that time, but before Proof introduced him at the Hip Hop Shop, he asked him his real name and introduced him as Obie Trice, which remains his rap name. Trice was introduced to Eminem through D12 member Bizarre. Later, Trice's manager arranged for him to have dinner and go to a Kid Rock party with Eminem.
Trice signed to Shady Records in 2000. He created a freestyle skit on the D12 album Devil's Night, following up with the line "Obie Trice: real name, no gimmicks", from Eminem's The Eminem Show lead single, "Without Me", as well as the song "Drips". Later in 2002, Trice rapped on songs for the 8 Mile soundtrack, and also had a cameo appearance in the film as a rapper in a parking lot.
Trice's debut album, Cheers, was released on September 9, 2003 with its first single "Got Some Teeth" being well received on radio in a number of countries. The single peaked at number fifty four on the Billboard Hot 100, and number eight in the United Kingdom in October 2003. 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 featured on Cheers include Busta Rhymes, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, D12, Tony Yayo, and Timbaland. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA. Trice also featured on the track Hennessey on Tupac Shakur's posthumous album Loyal To The Game.
In 2005, Trice began work on his second album, entitled Second Round's on Me. The album was released on January 1, 2006. Following the release of Second Round's on Me, he released a mixtape called Bar Shots with G-Unit's DJ Whoo Kid.
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.”
In the single "Cry Now" from his second album, Trice addresses his shooting, as well as Eminem's rumored retirement,referenced with the following line, "Rock City is my voice / The white boy has stepped down / So I will accept the crown." Trice also addresses the shooting in the song "Pistol Pistol" from the album Eminem Presents: The Re-up claiming he's after revenge, "I solemnly swear on my daughters tears/The nigga that got him in the head will feel it before the year ends / Hope you inconspicuous my friend / `Cause once the word get back ya in a world of sin / Bullets will hurtle at him for tryin to murder what been determined as the first solo african " and later "I'm so sincere you seein' a hearse this year / it's not a verse it's curse for burstin' what's on ya person". He 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.
On April 22, 2010, "Rap Basement" reported that Obie Trice has announced that he would be launching his own independent music label, Black Market Entertainment, on May 7. The label would be owned by Universal. On May 4, Trice confirmed that Eminem would be a featured guest artist on his upcoming album, Bottoms Up.
On August 24, 2010, Trice released a new street single, "My Time 2011", from Bottoms Up via myspace; the track is produced by Geno XO. The music video was released on March 22, 2011; footage for the video was filmed at the Black Market Ent. Launch Party.
On September 2, 2010, Trice announced that he would be hosting "The Black & White" concert after party, following the Eminem & Jay-Z Show at Comerica Park (held the same night), at the Goodnight Gracie's; the party goes from 9pm to 2am.
On April 5, 2011, another street single from Trice was released, called "Learn to Love". Although some of the lyrics were changed, it was just a remixed version of his song titled "Haters" from his "Bar Shots" mixtape.
On April 13, Trice released a music video for his song "Keep me/Love me."
On August 2, 2011, Obie Trice tweeted "OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE FOR "BOTTOMS UP" 10-25-11", which confirmed the release date for the album. The first official single from Bottoms Up, "Battle Cry" featuring Adrian Rezza, produced by Lucas Rezza was released on iTunes on August 23, 2011. On April 3, 2012 Bottoms Up was released. On May 7, 2012, just over a month after the album's release, Trice released a new song from his upcoming mixtape The Hangover titled "Get Rich Die Tryin" featuring Bilal.
On August 1, 2012, in an interview with HipHopDX, Trice announced that he was working on an album that would also be also titled The Hangover, which features one of three tracks produced by Warren G, who suggested that Eminem should be featured on one of those tracks.
On June 15, 2015, Obie Trice released the first single "Good Girls" from his then-upcoming album The Hangover, which was released on August 7, 2015. The track was produced by the Grammy award-winning producer Magnedo7, who was one of the producers of Eminem's seventh studio album, Recovery.