Obie Trice corners Canada’s Black Market [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Back with his own independent record label, Black Market Entertainment, Obie Trice is ready to show Canada his first full-length album since 2006, Bottoms Up. Obie is in the middle of a cross-Canada tour, where he promises good times only – when he hits your town you can hold him to it. Obie talks to HipHopCanada about his new label, his newfound control and what ticket holders can look forward to on the remaining tour dates. Check it out after the jump.
HipHopCanada: So far you’ve done a few shows now in Canada on this tour, how are you liking it so far up here?
Obie Trice: So far it’s been excellent. Seeing the blues and greens and the animals; it’s been a good tour. Last time I was here it was in the winter time, so it wasn’t as beautiful. It’s a nice look now.
HipHopCanada: What do you think of Canadian girls?
Obie Trice: Well, Canadian girls are kind of feisty and they got a nice little attitude!
HipHopCanada: For those who have yet to check out your latest album Bottoms Up, what can we expect to hear from it?
Obie Trice: Well if you’ve been a fan of my music, you’re kind of going to get that same feeling [from the previous albums]. It’s real hip-hop! It’s vintage but it’s new, it’s the Obie Trice everybody remembers.
HipHopCanada: You’ve been off the scene for a while, and you’ve changed labels and what not. How have you changed as an artist since your last main stream release?
Obie Trice: Well now I’m running this label called Black Market Entertainment, that I started in 2010. It’s a total switch up from being on a major label like Interscope. There’s definitely more time put into it and monetarily it can be exhausting. The good thing about it is I’m able to make my own mistakes and I can correct them myself instead of pointing your figure at somebody else. I’m in control of my own career. Now you’ll see me more on the business side of the music industry, and everyday I’m learning something new.
HipHopCanada: Lately especially with hip-hop shows up here, we’ve had a hard time with cancellations due to shootings and gang associations etc. This is obviously something you’re familiar with, you still have a bullet in your head. How do you plan on giving hip-hop a better and new positive image?
Obie Trice: Well I believe that’s bigger than Obie Trice. I think the whole industry and genre of hip-hop has to focus on that as well. Just don’t fuck with me and I won’t fuck with you, I’m that type of guy. That’s how I move and that’s how the team around me moves. We’re not here to cause any confusion; we’re here to bring music. We’re here to bring Canadians good music and a great show, and bring that kind of positive energy to every city.
HipHopCanada: What can the fans expect from an Obie Trice show?
Obie Trice: Well I’m definitely going to do the new album, Bottoms Up, and songs from that record. We’re also going to go back to the Shady days, I’ll bring out “Cheers” and the first and second album. I’ll take ‘em to songs that were on my mixtape. It’s an hour and a half rollercoaster of my music. If you’re a fan of good music you will appreciate the show.
HipHopCanada: Any crazy tour stories yet?
Obie Trice: [Laughing] No not yet. So far it has been smooth.
HipHopCanada: Wait until you get to the West coast, the scene is crazy out there.
Obie Trice: Oh definitely, I got some people out in Vancouver so we are definitely going to have a good time.
HipHopCanada: Any other upcoming releases or news to let your fans know about?
Obie Trice: Yeah, probably in like early August I will release my new mixtape, it’s called The Hangover, so definitely be looking out for that!
Interview conducted by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada
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