Trick recently started his own independent label Dunk Ryders, and his Finally Famous: Born a Thug Die a Thug LP should drop in late August or early September. There's also an autobiography and a film by the same name due soon. As we keep rocking with Miami Week, Trick gives us his list of homegrown artists who impacted their city the most. Also, be sure to check out our exclusive 'hood tour with Trick included below.
Trick Daddy's Top 10 Most Influential Miami Artists
Luke and the 2 Live Crew
Influential Record: "Move Somethin' "
Trick's Take: "Luke is the godfather. He introduced the country to the music that we had cultivated in Miami. They captured the whole Miami feel, everything it represents — beautiful women and an opulent lifestyle."
Uncle Al and the Sugar Hill DJs
Influential Record: They broke everything!
Trick's Take: "Al represented the underground radio movement. He made the music say what he wanted it to say. Al stayed 'hood, lived in the 'hood and kept the tradition of the bass bins [big wooden speaker with tweeters] and the street jams."
Le Juan Love
Influential Record: "Everybody Say Yeah"
Trick's Take: "He was a young dude at the time — he was hot. He was the sh--. He never came out on the pretty-boy tip. He was always 'hood. The kids loved him and the grown folks loved him."
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Disco Rick and the Dogs
Influential Record: "Your Mama's on Crack Rock"
Trick's Take: "Rick gave street commentary. He talked about how we lived, how we were growing up. His music removed the censorship and gave you a look inside the real ghetto."
J.T. Money & the Poison Clan
Influential Record: "Dance All Night"
Trick's Take: "They were the first group from Miami that everybody rapped. Everyone had skills. They talked from the street hustler's perspective. J.T. was also one of the first to talk about the tension between the tourists and the locals. He talked about the smash-and-grab crime wave that was an epidemic at the time."
Slip-N-Slide All Stars
Influential Record: "Take It to the House" and "Shut Up"
Trick's Take: "These were the first people I considered family outside of my real kin. Everyone was very talented. A time machine could have had all of us together and on the same page. With them, I've seen a lot, together we did a lot. Brawls, bras and Parle Thursdays — that sums up the time we spent together."
Influential Record: "Go Girl"
Trick's Take: "Pit is the realist Chico (Cuban) I've ever met in my life. He's also the first to successfully introduce bilingual rapping. I have no other words to describe him. He's the realist I've seen in my life."
Prince Raheim and Crazy Legs 59
Influential Record: "Lose My Money (Honey)"
Trick's Take: "They epitomized the Miami bass sound. They helped shape that movement. A lot of their music was booty music. It was crazy in the clubs when their music came on."
Influential Record: "Pull It All the Way Down"
Trick's Take: "Clay is the original black, greasy and grill'd typical Miami dude. His music was disrespectful and full of bass."
Influential Record: "Stomp and Grind"
Trick's Take: "Half Pint was also one of the pioneers of the Miami bass/club sound. Because he was also a DJ, he understood how to rock a party."