Beats, rhymes and life are three of the corners where hip hop intersects. Few other TV shows have been able to cover all of these angles in-depth and authentically quite like REVOLT TV’s “Drink Champs,” which thrives on its candid conversations with the biggest and most influential figures in the game. In honor of such a one-of-a-kind show, REVOLT will be recapping each weekly “Drink Champs” episode, so you can always catch the gems that are dropped in each lit interview
On the latest episode of “Drink Champs,” N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN sat down with rapper Trick Daddy to discuss his career, current events, and his exploits in the bedroom.
Born Maurice Young in Miami, Trick embarked on a rap career after being heavily involved in the streets as a teen. After signing to the Ted Lucas-founded Slip N Slide Records, he released his first album, Based on a True Story in 1997. But his follow up effort, 1998’s WWW.Thug.com was his introduction to the masses. The project featured the Trina-assisted single “Nann Nigga,” which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. That following year, the album was certified platinum and Trick would go on to release a string of successful projects.
His unapologetically brash persona on and off wax made him a mainstay in hip hop, particularly in the southern scene and he also opened the doors for other Miami emcees like Rick Ross to officially put the city on the rap map.
Though he hasn’t released any albums since 2009’s Finally Famous: Born a Thug, Still a Thug, the artist stayed in the spotlight appearing as a regular on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: Miami” and hosting a morning radio show with Trina on Miami’s 99.1 Jamz station.
To help give fans a recap, REVOLT compiled a list of nine facts we learned from the Trick Daddy interview. Take a look at them below.
1. On Doing a Verzuz Battle
Trick has been in the game for over two decades and his lengthy catalogue would surely make him a formidable adversary to whoever he would be matched up with during a Verzuz battle. When asked by N.O.R.E. if he would be open to participating in the series, he said that he was already approached to go against rapper Boosie Badazz, but he declined the offer. “I was like, nah, that’s my dog,” he said. “Everybody was like it’s good for hip hop, but if I do you in Verzuz, I’m going to smash your ass. I’m not going to come out there playing. They going to come out with a winner and a loser.”
2. On Showing up to Trina and Eve’s Verzuz Battle
Trina is now considered one of the most trailblazing women in hip hop, but she first got her start as Trick’s protégée. In June, she went up against Eve during a Verzuz battle and the pair made history as the first set of female rappers to go up against each other. Trick said he didn’t initially know about the battle, but once he found out, he was determined to make it. After having to get a COVID test and travel in inclement weather, he finally arrived. “I got there two songs before ‘Nann,’” he said. “When I came out, if you look, you can see she was really surprised. I think that [Verzuz] was one of the best.”
3. On DaBaby’s Rolling Loud Rant
Trick revealed to N.O.R.E. and EFN that he attended Rolling Loud Miami last month when DaBaby controversially brought out Tory Lanez during his performance and made comments that some perceived to be homophobic. Though the rapper initially stood by his comments, DaBaby later apologized for offending members of the LGBTQ+ community and also recently met with leaders from HIV organizations to officially make amends. Trick said that he believes DaBaby didn’t mean to offend anyone during his rant and that it’s hard for street dudes to apologize. “There’s a difference between me saying something that offends you and me saying something to offend you,” he said. “And the worst things for me and other street dudes is it’s hard for us to apologize. It’s hard for us to explain.”
4. On Eat a Booty Gang
When it comes to anilingus, Trick has proven countless times over the years that he’s no stranger to the act. In fact, the rapper called for “eating booty” to be a national holiday in 2014 and has since spearheaded a movement called the “Eat a Booty Gang.” When asked about the movement, Trick revealed that he doesn’t have any inhibitions about also being the receiver in the bedroom. “I’m building the franchise up, so now I’m getting the women to support the Eat a Booty Gang,” he said. “I get ate out.”
5. On The New Generation of Miami Rappers
While Uncle Luke and the 2 Live Crew busted down the door for the Miami rap scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s, rappers like Trick Daddy, Trina, and Rick Ross held it open thereafter. Now, there’s a new generation of South Florida emcees and Trick told the “Drink Champs” hosts that his son, who goes by the name of Young Jay, is also rapper. He spoke on the new era of Miami emcees and said that they all stick together unlike rappers of the past. “Miami is evolving to the point where as much as we supported other people. We’re starting to support each other now,” he said. “So that’s a good thing.”
6. On His Beyoncé Comments
In June, Trick’s comments during a Clubhouse chat went viral after he said Beyoncé “can’t sing” when compared to other singers. He explained on “Drink Champs” that his comments were taken out of context and reiterated that people like him don’t know how to officially apologize. “They tried to make it something that it wasn’t,” he said. “They didn’t show the part where I said Beyoncé is the number one performer in the world. Anytime you hear a little clip that lasts for a couple seconds, you got to be [suspicious] of that. You got to know what was said before and after. And like I said, we don’t know hot to explain, and we damn sure don’t apologize. Remember, we come from the streets where [you’re not] supposed to apologize.”
7. On Trump Supporters Storming the Capitol
The conversation turned political later in the interview and Trick discussed January’s U.S. Capitol attack in which supporters of Former President Donald Trump stormed the building to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election to President Joe Biden. The rapper explained that it was daunting to learn that ordinary people were behind the attack and not solely extremist hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. “That was regular folks,” he said. “That was police officers, federal agents, teachers, college professors, pastors. And there was MAGA. All those racist organizations, they came together. All of them got together to do something illegal on TV,” he said.
8. On Living with Uncle Luke
Many hip hop fans already knew that Trick Daddy collaborated with Uncle Luke on the 1996 single “Scarred.” But, the rapper also revealed on “Drink Champs” that he also lived with the 2 Live Crew frontman early in his career. Though he said the living arrangement only lasted a year, he explained that it was ultimately an opportunity for him to soak up some game. “I ended moving in the condo with him,” Trick said. “I was a tenant who didn’t pay rent. We had some good times and I learned a lot from being around him.”
9. On Selling His Masters
In recent years, many artists have sought to own their master recordings. Kanye West made headlines last October when announced his fight to obtain ownership over his music and he likened record labels to slave ships. On “Drink Champs,” Trick said that he is one of the fortunate artists who controls their masters, and he plans to sell them off so his kids can later reap the benefits. “I would sell it if anybody’s listening,” he said. “The average artist gets their masters back after a certain time anyway. A lot of masters ain’t worth shit. You got to be worth some shit. I’m going to sell my shit for enough money so my children will be alright. I’m not no Bill Gates. I’m not giving my money to research. I want my kids to spend all that shit.”