Trick Daddy may love the kids, but he doesn't love all his peers — particularly the rapper's fellow Floridians.
At the Ozone Awards last month in Orlando, the veteran rapper took to the stage and previewed a new track — the Runners-produced "Breaker, Breaker" — from his forthcoming seventh studio album, Back by Thug Demand, due December 12 on Slip-N-Slide/ Atlantic Records. The song left many audience members wondering who Trick was referring to with his scorching lyrics. Perhaps Miami boss Rick Ross, who he's been rumored to be feuding with lately?
Trick spit, "Let's set this record straight/ N---a, I run this whole state/ There's only one mayor of Dade/ And y'all n---as is my protégés."
"That line is just, you know, that's for my fans," Trick said. "That's how I feel. That's how I represent. A lot of people try to make it seem like that song is about this person or that person. Listen, man. I'm the first [person] that told anybody that Rick Ross was good at what he do. ... And one thing about me: I don't sneak dis. So nothing was about Ross or nobody in particular. That was for anybody who didn't think that I ran this whole state, who didn't think I was the Dade County mayor. That was what that song was written about."
Though Trick denied any animosity toward Ross, he did admit to having a beef with today's hip-hop in general, calling it predictable. The rapper said he's tired of artists getting signed to labels based off one song and then not being able to follow up with a strong album.
"People aren't trying different things with their music," he said. "If it weren't for R&B, the [hip-hop] business would be f---ed up, to be honest. Remember how when you were little and you'd be crazy about a Snickers bar? But it don't really do nothing for you right now. That's how the albums have been lately to me. I mean, with the exceptions of some."
With that in mind, Trick Daddy formed his own label, Dunk Ryders, which also doubles as a five-person group. The collective features three rappers, one female singer and a producer. Trick also noted his production camp has been in discussions with singers Ciara and LeToya about possible future collaborations.
But when it comes to himself, Trick is sticking to his odes of thuggery. He called his last album Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets, with its Ozzy Osbourne-sampling lead single "Let's Go," a musical experiment of sorts.
Now, however, Trick is out to reclaim his status in the rap game with this album. He's recruited Chamillionaire to appear on his first single, the robust "Bet That." Trick is scheduled to shoot the video for the song on Monday and Tuesday in Miami. Other artists expected to appear on Back by Thug Demand include 8Ball & MJG, Baby and Lil Wayne, Webbie, Young Buck and Young Dro.
"I want people to know that I'm grown and mature, but on this album I'm going let them know I can still act a fool," Trick said. "I don't want anyone to even question it."