Singled Out: "They Always Called Me Eminem's Protege"

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 3:00PM

Written by SOHH for Obie Trice

[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs unrolls his new single, "Snap Ya Neck Back," Detroit spitter Obie Trice breaks down his most recent collaboration with longtime friend and partner in rhyme, Eminem.]

The song Richard is just me and Eminem doin' our thing.

It's one of those things. Me and Em goin' in, you know, he says that I was a d*ck and I say he's a d*ck [laughs]. We just be jokin' around man. We get in the studio and do what we do, man.

I was in New York with Statik Selektah and them and I didn't have a song with me and Em yet for this album. So Statik thought this track would be dope to get Em on and it'd be a dope look for his career too. He's been doing the music thing for a long time and this is definitely a big project for him and I just wanted to make that happen, so I went home and got Em on it.

I went to the studio and Eminem jumped right on it. It wasn't a hard track to make, it all came together immediately.

Over in my hiatus, I been through alotta sh*t: My career, being shot, n*ggas tryna kill me ... Proof was murdered three months after I was shot in the head. You know what I'm saying? A lot of haterism and negativity. I address a lot of things on this album. They always called me Eminem's protege. I was never his protege. I was signed for a reason and a lot of people forget that. They just see his super-stardom and they forget that he done changed lyrics before because of me. Or he done rewrote rhymes because of me. So I have a song on there called Battle Cry where I talk about how I almost got overshadowed.

Em is a powerful guy over there, but that don't mean it's the end of the world because I'm not over there. We still crew, it's just a different situation.

But through it all, the music is what keeps me going, I love the feeling of making something from scratch and being about to touch my fans through the music.

Obie Trice, who just celebrated the release of his third studio album Bottoms Up, will be embarking on a Canadian tour starting June 7, 2012. Bottoms Up was released April 3rd, 2012 to critical acclaim. Bottoms Up boasts production credits from Dr. Dre and Eminem. It also features the Trice and Eminem collaboration "Richard" which is being called, "one of the best hip hop tracks of 2012 so far."

Check out Obie Trice and Eminem on the track "Richard" below:

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