I can admit that one of my favorite artists in the early 200's from the south was none other than Trick Daddy. See Trick was so real but he could rap a little bit and he always had that thing where he was the big homie trying to keep the kids from falling into the trap of the hood. So today's throwback Thursday Album Review is Trick Daddy'd album, Thug holiday.
The album starts up with a "All I need" featuring Infa-red with a Red Spyda produced track. Topically it's some typical street tough talk. The album's lead single was "In Da Wind" which featured southern hip-hop artists Cee-Lo on the hook and Big Boi delivering the third verse of a radio friendly joint about growing up. Now Trick is somewhat forgotten, but he was the flagship artist in Slip-n-Slide which spawned Trina and where a 'younger' Rick Ross got his first start on tracks like "Let Me Ride" and he has some seeds of the current flow and style he now employs.
I like the use of horns during the verses on "Rags to Riches" which features Tre+6 but it isn't a great song. "Bout Mine" is a crew cut that features Ross, Deuce Poppi, mystic, and Money Mark Diggla. Money Mark is also on "Rock 'n Roll nigga" which is an eye rolling album filler. Now another single off of the album was "Play No Games" which also spawned a remix for the x-rated song as Trick lets it be known he's about his business int he bedroom.
"Gangsta" features Scarface and Baby (before he was Birdman) as they rap over Cool and Dre production about how real they are. Latocha Scott, the former Xscape member surfaced to sing the hook on "Thug holiday" where Trick gets more introspective about his life and life in general and just cries out and asks for a break from the difficulties of living life as a thug. He also touches on the struggles on "Ain't No Santa" as he keeps it real for the kids who need to know.
"SNS" is a play on the popularity of marching bands and high school and college athletics in the Miami Dade area. It's a fun song that also reminds me of being a precursor to the style Flo Rida would eventually popularize. Trick continues with the other side of his personality with "God's Been Good to Me" where he just goes on to show his appreciation for having his life turn out the way it has up to this point. "Rains it Pours" is just a strong to the street dudes who have issues and letting them know to hold their heads.
There are a couple of other songs but they aren't particularly memorable. For me Trick was underrated for having the success he had, which opened the door for the new rap era to include Miami rappers and to make the city a real place that has become important in the echelon of rap. The album has a recurring theme of the trumpet and Tuba sounds that populate marching bands and it bounces back and forth a bit from being introspective to straight up raw and street oriented. Thats the main endearing thing about Trick is that he could be so grimy one moment then soften up for the kids and those younger than him to become a leader and it's messed up that he was bypassed as Miami became more popular.