In the mid ’90s, Trick Daddy Dollars took the torch from Uncle Luke and became the staple of hip-hop in Miami. Before Rick Ross reigned supreme, Trick, along with Trina and Slip-N-Slide Records, established a strong reputation in Dade County with songs like “Nann Nigga” and “I’m A Thug.” His last major release through Slip-N-Slide, Thug Matrimony: Married To The Streets, spawned hits like the Lil Jon-assisted “Let’s Go” and eventually hit Gold status. Now, after a six-year hiatus, Trick Daddy, 41, revealed that he’s planning on making a comeback.
“People be like, ‘Trick, why did you leave the rap game?’ I didn’t leave the rap game; the rap game left me,” he told Miami New Times. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of different issues — the lupus, the IRS, along with just family problems — and now I’m getting all that together.”
In 2009, Trick Daddy first revealed that he was silently suffering from the skin disease lupus on Rickey Smiley’s morning show. A week later, he announced that he wouldn’t be taking any medication to treat it. After years of dealing with some family issues and resolving his most recent legal problems, Trick Daddy is ready to reclaim the throne in Miami.
“I am Miami,” Trick says. “You can’t just scream, ‘Miami!’ You have to live in Miami. You have to do things for Miami. You have to give to the community, the kids. I been through three Category 5 hurricanes, two major riots. If you did that, lemme hear that. I’m not impressed about your cars, your money, your jewelry; that don’t impress me. Show me that you love Miami instead of just saying it.”
Along with getting back into music, Trick Daddy is also planning to give back to the community by helping kids in school. He’s also performing at low-priced venues and events like Fadenfest, which cost only $17 a ticket. Trick “doesn’t think fans should have to spend a week’s paycheck to see musicians they love.”
“I have to go back to this music; I have to give them something,” he says. “I won’t tell them no lie, and when I tell them, they’re going to believe me.”