With today’s release of Obie Trice‘s Special Reserve album, SOHH spoke with the former Shady Records artist to learn more about his motivation for dropping a project filled with unreleased tracks.
Crediting the album’s producer, MoSS, for wanting to get the effort out, Obie said he was behind the beatmaker’s initial plan.
“MoSS is doing his music thing, he’s in Toronto and I’m in Detroit,” Obie told SOHH about their distance apart. “And we never really, really, really talked about it. He had the idea to put [the unreleased tracks] out there and I thought it was good idea — and being the type of person that I am with my music, I’m real passionate about my music. I ain’t the mixtape dude, I ain’t the Internet dude. He felt like he wanted to do this, he was the producer and he’s a great producer so I’m all for it.” (SOHH)
Trice recently told SOHH the disc was composed of pre-Shady Records material.
“Me and my man [MoSS] from Toronto, h*ll of a producer, we’re putting the music out there that we did back in the day and just putting it out there, it’s some old-school, new-school hip-hop sh*t,” Obie told SOHH. “When Bottom’s Up comes out, then we’ll talk about that Shady sh*t. This is some of the music that signed me to Eminem‘s label.” (SOHH)
Producer MoSS also told SOHH the project has material from over ten years ago.
“All of the songs were done between 1997 and 2000,” MoSS added. “This is an album that we were getting ready right before Shady called Obie.” (SOHH)
The album will consist of 11 songs which includes one bonus record.
Special Reserve: Welcome. Got Hungry. You’ve Been Slain. On & On. I Am. 4 Stories. Roughnecks featuring Deuce Wonder. Cool Cat. What You Want. Jack My D*ck. Dope, Jobs, Homeless. (Special Reserve)
Check out MoSS speaking on the album below: