Obie Trice talks about Warren G producing tracks on his upcoming album, and how much he's grown since encountering beef early in his rap career.
In an interview with HipHopDX, Obie Trice “real name, no gimmicks” spoke about working with Warren G on his upcoming project The Hangover, and how the Shady Records beef with The Source’s owner, Benzino, in the early 2000s taught him “how fickle the industry” is.
Although he is proud of his latest release Bottom’s Up, the Detroit rapper mentions how reaction to the album has been mixed, now that he is an indie artist, “some people didn’t think it was strong enough, some people appreciated it, a lot of people felt like since I wasn’t with the Shady [Records] situation anymore the album could have been better and all these different speculations.”
The veteran rapper’s been in the game for over a decade, and on his upcoming project The Hangover, he got some beats from one of the most veteran artists in the game, Warren G. “Yeah, [Warren G] just sent me some beats man and it’s been working out well with the tracks so he just wanted to reach out to me and just send me some tracks,” the former Shady Records rapper said.
Obie mentions that he got a few tracks from Warren G, and plans to use one on The Hangover, which he expects to be released next year, “Yeah he gave me like three beats and I wanna use them all and I want to use at least one of them for my new record, the actual record, The Hangover, that we’re trying to put out next year.”
In the early 2000s a beef that lead to several diss records, had started between Eminem/Shady Records and the owner of The Source magazine, Benzino. Before that, Obie had reached out to Benzino, who later dissed him.
Trice feels he has learned a lot from his naivety when he initially started in the hip hop business. “It kind of like blew me away because I’m fresh in the game and I believe in your word is everything and at the time I had no clue of how fickle this industry was,” he added that this made him grow, “[N]ow I understand that this is a game that you really keep your circle as small as you can. It’s a lot of fake shit going on and there’s a lot of fake shit that go on in this industry and I had no idea that it was to that extreme back then. I was straight out the hood.”