Miami's king of the 'hood is trying to hold his head high despite the fact that last Thursday could well have been Trick Daddy's last Thanksgiving as a free man for quite some time.
To add to his problems, the MC who once incorporated "Dollars" into his moniker is trying not to go broke while dealing with both baby-mama and record-label drama.
"I'm looking out the window right now, and I'm ready to trade this for some jail time," Trick Daddy said earlier this month from his Florida home. Trick, whose real name is Maurice Young, is under house arrest while awaiting trials on drug possession and assault charges.
"My house-arrest officer is a cool dude, but I've got lawyers to pay," Trick said. "I've got two child-support cases and two criminal cases. The child support is gonna [interfere] with my BMI checks. That's gonna leave me flat broke. I respect that and accept any punishment God has given to me. The only thing left for me is to self-destruct. I ain't self-destructed yet."
Trick Daddy's latest arrest was on September 24, when police allegedly found marijuana and cocaine on him at a high school basketball game he was being ejected from (see "Trick Daddy Arrested For Drug Possession"). Unfortunately, he was already out on bail from a prior run-in with the boys in blue.
In February, Trick was accused of pulling a gun and threatening to kill a man he was playing basketball with (see "Trick Daddy Arrested For Pulling Gun On A Man During Basketball Game"). He was charged with possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault with a firearm. He posted $225,000 bail, but his September drug arrest put him in violation of that bond.
"They charging me with something somebody said about me," Trick vented about the February case. As for the drug charges (cocaine possession is a felony, marijuana possession a misdemeanor), he says the courts are being too harsh on him.
"They found enough stuff for me to say, 'OK, I have a personal problem, give me a 90-day rehab,' " he hissed. "But no, it's bigger than that. 'This is Trick Daddy. Give him time.' "
Trick's house arrest prevents him from traveling out of state and performing, but he's allowed to leave his house and hit the studio four times a week. He's recorded a duet with Ludacris for an upcoming Disturbing Tha Peace project, a remix of T.I.'s "Rubber Band Man," and a guest spot on Memphis Bleek's first single, "Round Here," which also features rhymes by T.I.
Trick Daddy has an opus of his own in the can as well.
"I'm [just] waitin' on some feedback from Atlantic Records," he said. "My album has been finished. I just want to have all the paperwork and everything squared away so there would be no misunderstanding. I don't want to have nobody on the street thinking I can't do it again, or I don't want them thinking I was running out of hits or nothing. I'm still young and I've got a lot to talk about."
The gold-toothed thug is trying to come as diverse as ever on his latest. One cut, "Keep F---ing Around," serves a warning to ghetto sidewinders. He dedicates "Children Hold On" to the youngsters because "Trick loves the kids."
"Lord have mercy on them, for the young and dumb," Trick said, reciting the song's lyrics. "That's why I pray for them, though some of us are better than most of us/ We can't involve the kids with our differences/ Since all we have are memories, don't you agree that all of the kids deserve the last laugh?"
Trick can laugh now about his May wedding, but it was no laughing matter when a melee during the reception led to arrests. "It didn't get as bad as it could've. I blame everything on the wedding coordinator. Everything was three or four hours behind time. The limo drivers were talking about leaving people. People were hungry.
"I fix one situation and another pops up."