Obie Trice III (born November 14, 1977) is a hip-hop/rap artist from Detroit, Michigan. He began rapping at the age of 11, and is most known for his time spent signed to Shady Records. Since leaving the label Obie has formed his own record label, Black Market Entertainment.
Obie Trice was officially signed to Shady Records in 2000. He first received public attention via a freestyle skit on the D12 album "Devils Night", followed by the deliverance of the opening line "Obie Trice-real name, no gimmicks", off Eminem's "The Eminem Show" lead single, "Without Me", as well as the song "Drips". Later in 2002, Obie rapped on songs for the 8 Mile soundtrack, and also had a cameo appearance in the film as a rapper in a parking-lot. Obie Trice's debut album, "Cheers", was released on September 23, 2003 with its first single "Got Some Teeth" being well received on radio in a number of countries. He also released the singles "The Set Up" and "Don't Come Down". The album consists of 17 tracks with production from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Mike Elizondo, Emile, Fredwreck and Mr. Porter. Artists featured on "Cheers" include Busta Rhymes, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, D12, Tony Yayo, and Timbaland. The album was eventually certified gold by the RIAA.
In 2005, Trice began work on his second album, entitled "Second Round's on Me". The album was released on August 15, 2006. Following the release of "Second Round's on Me", he released a mixtape called Bar Shots with G-Unit's DJ Whoo Kid. Shortly after his label-mate Proof was shot to death in a Detroit nightclub, a song emerged on the mixtape circuit called "Ride Wit Me". The song was dedicated to Proof. Trice made a speech at Proof's funeral, addressing the problem of black-on-black violence. In June 2008, Obie Trice departed from Shady Records due to concern that he was not being promoted properly. Contrary to public belief at the time of the announcement, Trice did not have a falling out with Eminem or Dr. Dre. Both contributed vocals and production to Trice's upcoming album. A misunderstanding was made where it was believed he was attacking the label and Eminem on a single titled "The Giant" but this was quickly dismissed. On December 15, 2009, a compilation album, "Special Reserve", by Obie Trice and MoSS, the first producer of DJ Premier's "Works of Mart" production company, was released. The album is a collection of 11 of Trice's tracks recorded with MoSS from 1997 to 2000. The album serves as a preface to Trice's upcoming album, "Bottoms Up".