Growing up in the Northwest Detroit hood
Obie Trice grew up on the Northwest side of the D. The hood he grew up in can be described as « mix of struggling families and thugs ».
Growing up in the hood, no matter where you come from, has never been easy. Even going to school will confront a kid very early to typical problems like drugs and bullies. Ghetto inhabitants are survivors and they have it at least 10 times harder as other people.
They used to call him « stank » as a kid. A nickname that sometimes annoyed Obie when he was growing up:
We called him Stank, cause he was a little stanker. He didnt like that. When he was 12, we were in the store, and I called him by that name. He said, Mama, dont call me that no more! (Eleanor Trice)
Obie is the youngest of four brothers names Gerald, Terry and Damon. All of his brothers are graduates with good job positions.
Obie was the rebellious character of his family. Why? Simply because he was as spoiled kid:
« The reason why Obie was sort of rebellious is because I think hes the one that was spoiled the most. »
« Gerry and Terry, they were sort of self-reliant. Damon was kind of a loner, but he was focused on his future. Obie got everything he wanted. And, you know, when it comes easy, it goes easy. He didnt learn the value of anything at that time. You know how kids are. » ( Obies dad)
The brother Obie is close to is Terry:
Thats the only manager I roll with, hes a father figure to me, but [back then] he was gone away to school. Id holler at him over the phone, but the phone aint shit on havin somebody around you, know what I mean? »
Obies parents are divorced, but Obie has always been in touch with his dad. Obies dad had a determinant role in Obies rapping skills:
« He had a dictionary and some index cards, and he would ask me questions about various words. Whats this word mean, that word mean? How do you use it in a sentence? I never realized that he was building his vocabulary to rap. »
Beef with Eleanor Trice
Like many teenagers, Obie caused some trouble and sorrows to his mom.
Obie was a rebel who raised hell in his moms life.
Those conflicts between kids and parents are necessary, because they are part of growing up in an adolescents life.
Me and my moms used to have a good time together, you tell me, and, as I got older, just seein the transition in her face, like, you know, her lovin me as a little guy to gettin to where she cant stand me, that shit was crazy. I was doin what I was doin, though. You couldnt tell me shit back then.Eleanor had also to struggle with her sons bad frequentations. Obie happened to bring unwanted guests at his moms home, like this girl his mom had to through out of her living room at 4 am:
I went and grabbed a knife long as my arm, Bitch, get outta my house. (Eleanor Trice)
Obie also got involved in hustling and the fact that he rapidly quitted his job « because it was too cold » became a living nightmare for his mom.
But right now Obie has settled his beef with his mom. His recent « Dont Come Down » song and video out of his debut album cheers is an open and moving apology to Eleanor Trice.
Obie Trices career
Obie has known his D12 fellows since the Hip Hop Shop:
Ive known Obie since the Hip-Hop Shop » (Proof)
Proof gave him his rap name:
« That was around 94, 95. I thought he was incredible. Back then, he said his rap name was Obie One. I asked him, Whats your real name? He said Obie Trice. I said, Thats your rap name. (Proof)
But his way to stardom is a long story of determination and patient work in the shadow.
Track Nr15 on D12s « Devils Night » album made people attentive at Obies voice.
Rufus Johnson (D12s Bizarre) introduced Obie Trice to his future boss, Marshall Mathers.
Obie Trice appeared in the « Without Me » video in 2002 and he made a second apparition in the well made « Rap Name » video.
Obie appears on the 8 mile soundtrack. Listeners had the pleasure to enjoy Obie in sonsg like « Adrenaline Rush » and « Rap Name ».
With his debut album « Cheers », released in 2003, Obie made his official steps in the rap game. He is certainly one of the realest and skilled Detroit rapper signed to Shady Records.