The news that Shady Records giant signee eventually decided to leave the label might have saddened a few people, but, in my opinion, it is the best thing a talented emcee like Obie could do.
I first heard about Obie in 2003…I even had the chance to meet the talented artist the same year, at Eminem’s concert, at a time he was less known from the public eye.
Since O. Trice was introduced to Eminem by Bizarre in 2001, the skilled artist had proven more than once, what he was capable of.
Don’t get me wrong, but I am against the music industry’s policies regarding artists. In 2003, 50 Cent was in a major spotlight- for some obvious commercial reasons. The same commercial interests would partly obliterate Obie’s talent…it is shocking when you consider that Obie has much more talent than 50 Cent. He’s probably not the best CD peddler, but who cares?
We hip hop heads want people who stay true to their roots.
Obie had set a lot of efforts on his first album, Cheers. But his most remarkable piece of work is probably Second Rounds On Me that seems to have been overlooked by many mainstream hip hop listeners.
Underrated he is…yes, for sure…but things are not meant to stay that way.
Obie did the right move. I am happy he did. He needs more recognition for his well composed lyrics and his good instrumentals.
That’s why I wish him best luck at his new label, Worldwide Hu$tle.
Learn more about Obie at his personal blog.
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