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Eminem doesn't like superficial women

The press has spilled a lot of ink about Eminem’s so called ‘ misogyny ‘. A further examination of his life and statements will make people understand that those allegations are totally unjustified. Like many other rappers, Marshall Mathers may have talked about ‘ bitches and hoes ‘ that should be ‘ raped ‘ and ‘ murdered ‘ in his lyrics. Matter of fact: Marshall is different in real life.

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Thinking you know the real Obie Trice? You really have no idea…

Growing up in the Northwest Detroit hood

Obie Trice grew up on the Northwest side of the D. The hood he grew up in can be described as « mix of struggling families and thugs ».

Growing up in the hood, no matter where you come from, has never been easy. Even going to school will confront a kid very early to typical problems like drugs and bullies. Ghetto inhabitants are survivors and they have it at least 10 times harder as other people.

Obie’s family

They used to call him « stank » as a kid. A nickname that sometimes annoyed Obie when he was growing up:

“We called him ‘Stank,’ ’cause he was a little stanker. He didn’t like that. When he was 12, we were in the store, and I called him by that name. He said, ‘Mama, don’t call me that no more!’” (Eleanor Trice)

Obie is the youngest of four brothers names Gerald, Terry and Damon. All of his brothers are graduates with good job positions.

Obie was the rebellious character of his family. Why? Simply because he was as spoiled kid:

« The reason why Obie was sort of rebellious is because I think he’s the one that was spoiled the most. »

« Gerry and Terry, they were sort of self-reliant. Damon was kind of a loner, but he was focused on his future. Obie got everything he wanted. And, you know, when it comes easy, it goes easy. He didn’t learn the value of anything at that time. You know how kids are. » ( Obie’s dad)

The brother Obie is close to is Terry:

“That’s the only manager I roll with, he’s a father figure to me, but [back then] he was gone away to school. I’d holler at him over the phone, but the phone ain’t shit on havin’ somebody around you, know what I mean? »

Obie’s parents are divorced, but Obie has always been in touch with his dad. Obie’s dad had a determinant role in Obie’s rapping skills:

« He had a dictionary and some index cards, and he would ask me questions about various words. What’s this word mean, that word mean? How do you use it in a sentence? I never realized that he was building his vocabulary to rap. »

Beef with Eleanor Trice

Like many teenagers, Obie caused some trouble and sorrows to his mom.

Obie was a rebel who raised hell in his mom’s life.

Those conflicts between kids and parents are necessary, because they are part of growing up in an adolescent’s life.

“Me and my moms used to have a good time together,” you tell me, “and, as I got older, just seein’ the transition in her face, like, you know, her lovin’ me as a little guy to gettin’ to where she can’t stand me, that shit was crazy. I was doin’ what I was doin’, though. You couldn’t tell me shit back then.”Eleanor had also to struggle with her son’s bad frequentations. Obie happened to bring unwanted guests at his mom’s home, like this girl his mom had to through out of her living room at 4 am:

“I went and grabbed a knife long as my arm, ‘Bitch, get outta my house.’” (Eleanor Trice)

Obie also got involved in hustling and the fact that he rapidly quitted his job « because it was too cold » became a living nightmare for his mom.

But right now Obie has settled his beef with his mom. His recent « Don’t Come Down » song and video out of his debut album cheers is an open and moving apology to Eleanor Trice.

Obie Trice’s career

Obie has known his D12 fellows since the Hip Hop Shop:

“I’ve known Obie since the Hip-Hop Shop » (Proof)

Proof gave him his rap name:

« That was around ’94, ’95. I thought he was incredible. Back then, he said his rap name was Obie One. I asked him, ‘What’s your real name?’ He said ‘Obie Trice.’ I said, ‘That’s your rap name.’” (Proof)

But his way to stardom is a long story of determination and patient work in the shadow.

Track Nr15 on D12’s « Devil’s Night » album made people attentive at Obie’s voice.

Rufus Johnson (D12’s Bizarre) introduced Obie Trice to his future boss, Marshall Mathers.

Obie Trice appeared in the « Without Me » video in 2002 and he made a second apparition in the well made « Rap Name » video.

Obie appears on the 8 mile soundtrack. Listeners had the pleasure to enjoy Obie in sonsg like « Adrenaline Rush » and « Rap Name ».

With his debut album « Cheers », released in 2003, Obie made his official steps in the rap game. He is certainly one of the realest and skilled Detroit rapper signed to Shady Records.

Eminem draws Chirac's gunships ire!

London, Nov 20 : After enraging Madonna and Michael Jackson, Eminem gave some anxious moments to the French security services by planning to stage his show near Jacques Chirac’s gunship.

According to The Sun, the rapper reportedly wanted to stage a gig on HMS Belfast, which is docked on the Thames just yards from the gunship, which is being used by the French president, who is currently on a state visit to UK, as an emergency bolthole in the event of a terrorist scare

Obie's "Don't Come Down" video

Have you ever watched Obie’s video « Don’t Come Down »?

Parents, moms in particular will get Obie’s touching message towards Eleanor Trice. When I saw Obie’s video, it immediately made me think about my 14 years old son and the many conflicts that have opposed us as he entered his adolescence. You might be the coolest mom in the world and even have a liberal point of view on education, share the same musical tastes, have a lot in common with your progeny , there will always be conflicts.

The words that come out of Obie’s mouths are the words of a matured man who fully understands his former mistakes. The song is an open apology towards his mom, who obviously suffered from his foolish teenage years behavior:
“I could write a book on Obie. Obie was a mess. Yes, he was.” (Eleanor Trice)

Picture Obie in front of his house in Northwest Detroit in the middle of the winter. The whole lanscape is surrounded with snow.

Obie is very conscious that he didn’t take his mom’s advice seriously when he was younger. Typical teenage behavior. Teenagers always think they know better. Now that he’s a grown man, he is perfectly conscious of it:

« As a child i was fowl
(uh) Ma, I couldn’t understand them things that came out ya mouth (daddy’s ain’t shit)
You would cuss, fuss till your blood pressure went up, then give up and slouch on the couch and drink ya liquor (fuck you dog)
A hard headed nigga I was quick temper short attention span not attending class (no) what a dummy
I would run over you honey
You confront me and say Obie you no longer have a mommy
Don’t use my phone don’t even eat my food
Matter a fact, Dont speak
It was just me and you in that house with that mouse and them traps and they gat, waitin on the day when you gon pull the
trigger back »

When our children don’t act the right way, we often reject them out of anger. That’s exactly what happens in this song. Picture Obie and Eleanor’s arguments…

Eleanor knew that her son was involved in some drug deals and it literally broke her heart:

« You tryin to kill me boy (no)
Is that what you wanna do, kill me? You wanna kill me (kill me)
Your not feelin me the beepers not that drastic
Its the B blasted, bastard
Your lyin (your lyin)
You took plastic freezer bags with dope inside of em
She knew, damn but she hated that it was true »

Sometimes as a responsible parent, you have to be your own son’s enemy in order to protect him from himself:

« I done raised two boys I can do away with you
The locks changed and the nights got colder
Im slinging bolders lookin like the bolda tolka
Fuck it im the osta
Im down for mounds ride by my corner
Like Im not gone cry (no)
Not reek the pain of watchin my youngest man (no no no)
On the corners slangin cane
Im callin the cops… »

Picture Obie being caught by the cops, probably mad at his mom.
But after all those years, after so many misunderstanding, so many hurtful situations, a son’s love for his mom will remain for ever. And that’s the wonderful part of Obie’s song and video.

Take some time to watch this moving video that is also an ode to Eleanor Trice, Obie’s one and only mom.

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