From the album “www.thug.com” (1998)
Trick Daddy was born “Maurice Samuel Young” on September 27, 1973, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. His mother, Pearl Brockington of South Carolina, raised him and his 10 brothers and sisters in the Liberty Square apartment complex in Liberty City. The building where he grew up was colloquially known as “Pork-N-Beans” in reference to the color of the apartment doors. His father Charles Young was a local pimp and would take Trick and his brother Derek “Hollywood” Harris, to live with him when he was a teenager. While he lived with his father, they began to deal crack cocaine on the streets. At 15 years old, Young was arrested for drug and firearm possession. The day he was released, Young was arrested on an attempted-murder charge for shooting a man during a street fight. He was convicted and sent to prison at 20 years old. His brother was shot and killed the same year. After he was released from prison, Ted Lucas, founder of Slip-N-Slide Records, urged Young to focus on a rap career and stay out of the streets.
Trick appeared on the track “Scarred” by former 2 Live Crew member Luther “Luke” Campbell, produced by Darren “DJ Spin” Rudnick, from Luke’s 1996 album Uncle Luke. The song became a hit and immediately caught the attention of fans and record producers alike. Ted Lucas, a former concert promoter and then-CEO of Slip-n-Slide Records, signed the rapper to the newly formed record label. Slip-n-Slide released Trick Daddy Dollars’ debut album Based on a True Story in 1997; the album was popular in the Miami area.
In 1998, when his next album www.thug.com was released, Trick removed “Dollars” from his stage name. Club-oriented track “Nann Nigga”, featuring Trina, became a national hit, peaking at the third spot of the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. Atlantic Records signed Trick Daddy to the label in 2000 and released Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 that year. “Shut Up”, which Jason Birchmeier of allmusic considered Trick’s “rowdiest club hit yet”, it was the lead single from Book of Thugs. His next single, “America” (featuring Society), was a poignant political track that writer Omar Burgess compared to other sociological tracks in Trick’s catalog such as “Ain’t No Santa”.
Thugs Are Us, released in 2001, featured the hit single “I’m a Thug” (released March 20, 2001) which reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. His fifth album Thug Holiday boasted “In da Wind”, which Birchmeier believed was Trick Daddy’s most creative single. In 2004, Thug Matrimony: Married To The Streets was released, with hit single “Let’s Go”, produced by Lil Jon, featuring Twista, and sampling the guitar riffs from the Ozzy Osbourne hit “Crazy Train”. That year, Trick Daddy guest-performed on the Ying Yang Twins’ “What’s Happnin!”, which reached #30 on the Hot 100, #7 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and #9 on the Hot Rap Singles. “Let’s Go” peaked on #7 on the Hot 100, #4 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and #4 on Hot Rap Tracks. Back By Thug Demand followed in 2006, with singles “Bet That” and “Tuck Ya Ice” charting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. This album launched the career of Trick Daddy’s Group, Dunk Ryders with their record “Damn Right” featuring Dray Skky, and Trick’s Joint Venture Label Deal with Cash Money Records.
Following Back By Thug Demand, Trick Daddy appeared on several singles by DJ Khaled: “Born-N-Raised” in 2006 from Listennn… the Album in 2006, “I’m So Hood” from We the Best in 2007, and “Out Here Grindin'” from We Global in 2008, all among numerous other rappers. “Born-N-Raised” peaked at #83 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, and “I’m So Hood” peaked at #19 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot Rap Tracks. He appeared on Pitbull’s 2007 album The Boatlift. Trick Daddy left Slip-n-Slide in 2008 and released his 8th studio album Finally Famous: Born a Thug Still a Thug on September 25, 2009, under his own Dunk Ryder Records label, which by now had grown to include fellow Miami artists Ice “Billion” Berg, Fella, Bad Guy, Kasino, A-Dot, NoLove, Dutch Dirty and Gold Rush, most of which eventually parted ways with the label to start their own independent ventures. He released a single featuring Young Jeezy, called “I Can’t Leave These Streets Alone”, and then was featured on the track “This Is For You”, from Jeezy’s latest album, Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, released in December 2011. In July 2012, Trick Daddy released a mixtape entitled Dick & Dynamite as a prequel to his upcoming album release. He continues to tour the United States, performing a mix of both his classic hits and his new releases.