Trick Daddy may call himself the mayor of Miami, but the city's tourism board would probably think twice before hiring the rapper as a spokesman.
According to the thug star, his hometown isn't fit for outsiders. And that's the sentiment he shares in his new book "Magic City: Trials of a Native Son." The first-time author writes candidly about his experiences in the sunny locale.
"I told the truth about the Miami life. It's a nice place to visit but you don't want to live here," he told MTV News about the book. "I lived through two major riots and three Category 5 hurricanes, I don't know if a lot of people could say that. And we grew up with the notion of 'If it wasn't for bad luck, there would be none,' so I decided, 'Let me write this book and give insight on what the real Miami is like on the other side of the bridge.' "
The tome is a gritty portrayal of the city, matching the material he spits on his albums. He said he decided to write the book after seeing so many projects — from documentaries to TV shows — shot in Miami, but not representing, what he felt, was the true essence of the 305.
Everything isn't South Beach, he said.
"They glorified Miami like it's a beautiful place, a beautiful city," he explained. "Miami don't got all the pretty women." He continued, "Crackheads are my best friends, and all the dope they was talking about in [the 2006 documentary] 'Cocaine Cowboys,' we were the ones that sold it. We killed each other over it and we were the ones that became addicted to it. Our kids' kids will still have to pay for this in years to come."
"Magic City" was published late last month and was co-written with Peter Bailey, who spent three years working with the rapper on the book. Now that the book is complete, however, TD said he's ready to return to music. He's in the process of putting together www.Thug.com, 2, which he hopes will remind fans of his appeal.
"A lot of people love my music but it's hard to really say that they are #1 Trick fans; they've bought a lot of bullsh-- over the years," he explained. "And me dealing with lupus and getting in trouble with jail, had opportunities to put myself in situations with people saying, 'Trick don't like to work.' I'm telling you this, I'm ready to work, I go everywhere but the electric chair, 'cause I done seen, heard everything but the wind."
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