Updated: Mar 21
One of the most thuggish rappers embraced by the mainstream, Trick Daddy returning to the street sound that made him famous.
Trick Daddy broke out of the South in 2001 with "I'm a Thug" and established himself as an unlikely national superstar. Before his breakthrough, he scored a few regional hits. In particular, he became known for "Nann Nigga" and "Shut Up," club anthems characterized by rousing beats and rowdy lyrics.
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When Trick Daddy finally broke into the mainstream with the appropriately titled "I'm a Thug," it came as somewhat of a surprise. No one questioned his talent, but his image a trademark omnipresent grimace, bald head, prickly whiskers, forearm tattoos, and gold grill -- hardly matched that of other mainstream rappers. Thug or not, Trick Daddy became a national superstar.
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He collected numerous RIAA accolades, including a platinum certification for 2001's Thugs Are Us, and hit the Top Ten of the Billboard R&B/hip-hop albums chart with seven consecutive releases through 2009's Finally Famous: Born a Thug, Still a Thug. The rapper wasn't nearly as prolific the following decade but continued performing, releasing the occasional mixtape and EP while remaining sought for guest verses.