Don't Sleep: Necessary Notables
Headliner: Trae Tha Truth
Key Cameo: "Getting Paid," featuring Wiz Khalifa
Essential Info: A lot of MCs claim to be your favorite rapper's favorite rapper, but judging from the amount of love that Houston's Trae Tha Truth has been receiving lately, he may have sole claim to that crown. Just check the track list on his latest mixtape, Undisputed, which includes appearances by Young Jeezy, Pusha T, Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa. It's clear that Trae gets his respect.
Undisputed comes as Trae is putting the finishing touches on his new studio album, Street King. The tape is hosted by DJ Don Cannon, and for Trae, the union between he and Cannon, is significant.
"It was kinda something that was overdue with me and Cannon's career. We've been in the talks of it for a minute but we both was real tied up," he told Mixtape Daily. "Cannon actually hit me maybe two to three weeks before we put it out and was like, 'It's time.' When he told me it was time, I came back into Houston, kinda stopped what I was doing, and got it going."
Despite being well-respected in the industry, Trae still feels that he and Cannon have a long way to go in terms of mainstream notice. "We were doing the tape just off the strength of us, just because we feel a lot of people overlook me for what I do on the music and a lot of people overlook him as far as what he do on the DJ game," Trae explained. "We're both household names, but we still gotta show a lot of people what it is."
Driven by hard-core street cuts like "Gettin Paid," featuring Wiz Khalifa, Trae continues to reign as underground rap royalty, his stock rising with each release. On "Inkredible (Remix)," producer StreetRunner adds a new beat to Trae's 2010 single, while Jadakiss adds a new verse.
Now that the tape has dropped, Trae seems to have picked up the right momentum as he prepares the release of his full-length Street King on June 28. A week before the album's release date, Trae will touch down in New York City for a rare headlining performance at SOB's. Fred the Godson and French Montana are already confirmed guests, but Trae promised Mixtape Daily that there'll be some surprises.
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