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Obie Trice glad to be back with Bottoms Up

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Detroit rapper and Eminem protégé Obie Trice is happy to be back with his latest CD “Bottom’s  Up,” the long awaited follow-up to his sophomore CD “Second Rounds On Me.”
He performs at Club 54, June 24 with his own protégé Patience,  F-Bomb and Sin Sane plus Strong V.Obie Trice visits Lethbridge, June 24. Photo Submitted

It isn’t his first Canadian tour.

“ It’s been four or five years. Canada has always been cool to us. It’s good to be here in the summer though,” he said from Saskatoon.

He couldn’t recollect playing Lethbridge before though.

“We’re going to bring ‘Bottoms Up.’ That’s what we’re doing now and we’re going to take you back to the Shady days,” he said adding they will also be performing some of the familiar music he worked on with Eminem.

 The Detroit rapper caught the ear of Eminem back in 2001, who gave him a plug on D12’s  “Devil’s Night” album and took him under his wing for a couple of projects including the soundtrack for the movie “8 Mile” and produced his debut CD “Cheers” in 2003.

 He recorded his follow-up in 2005, then got shot in the head in a drive-by shooting and had a lot of other things happen including parting ways from Eminem’s record label due to lack of promotion and having his mother die from breast cancer in 2011 before he formed his own label Black Market Records and released his latest CD “Bottoms Up”  in August 2011.

“I had a lot of things happen to me, not all of them good, but hey, that’s life,” he said, adding much of his music is drawn from personal experience and some from what he observes.

“I‘d say it’s 90-10 personal life,” he said adding his creative process begins with a beat then evolves from it.
The tour has gone well.

“It’s been cool. It’ s been a little different than last time,” he said adding it just feels great to be recording and releasing music again.
He is very pleased with the new CD “Bottoms Up,” which features a number of producers including Dr. Dre and Eminem, who raps on “Richard,” and  produced the beats for “Going Nowhere,” the second track on the CD.

“It is still a baby, But It’s a great album. It just feels good to be back after having all of these events happen,” he said.
“And Eminem. He’s dope. He produced the track and raps on ‘Richard’ His beats are sick. I liked his beats. He does “Going Nowhere,’” he said.
 Dr. Dre produced the title track “Bottoms Up.”'

“He sent me a couple beats for “Bottoms Up’  the actual title of the CD and that’s the one I liked,” he said.

“It’s always a pleasure working with Dre. That’s my guy,” he enthused adding he pleased to be able to call on guys like Dre and Eminem to contribute to his music. He noted there is a lot going on in the Detroit hip hop scene, listing  Royce 59, Patience and a lot of others.
“And D12 is still doing their thing,” he observed.

 He is enjoying running his own record label and making his own decisions about his music and his business.
“The label is still a baby right now. But I don’t think I’d ever sign with a major label again unless it was for a whole lot of money,” he said
 Tickets for the show cost $25. It is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at Club 54.
 More informations is available at

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 June 2012 10:32 )  
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