Trae Tha Truth
Frazier Othel Thompson (born July 3, 1980), better known by his stage name Trae tha Truth or simply Trae, is rapper from Houston, Texas. He is a part of the underground rap collective Screwed Up Click. Trae, Z-Ro, and Dougie D are the founding members of the group Guerilla Maab.
Trae Tha Truth first gained exposure on the Houston rap scene in 1998, when he made his rapping debut with a guest appearance on Z-Ro's album Look What You Did to Me. In 2003, he began his solo career with the album Losing Composure. 2004's Same Thing Different Day, 2006's Restless, and 2007's Life Goes On followed shortly after. Trae Tha Truth has also worked relentlessly with fellow Houston rapper Chamillionaire on his various Mixtape Messiah series.
Trae Tha Truth was involved in a fight with Texas rapper Mike Jones at the 2008 Ozone Awards. Both later apologized for the incident. It was recently suspected that Trae Tha Truth's music was banned from Houston's local radio Station, 97.9 The Boxx.
After creating a buzz online and in the streets, on March 1, 2012, T.I. announced he signed Trae Tha Truth to Grand Hustle Records. On October 9, 2012, Trae was featured on the annual BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, alongside his Grand Hustle label-mates Iggy Azalea, B.o.B, Chip and T.I. His first Grand Hustle album will be released in 2014, titled Banned. However, prior to that he will release the mixtape I Am King and has been involved in the recording process for the Grand Hustle Records compilation album.
He started an animated cartoon series, "Adventures of Trae tha Truth" in 2008. Now titled just "Trae," the series has been signed to a ten episode run on the urban comedy website What The Funny in a partnership with Marlon Wayans, executive producer Omar Epps, and cartoonist Jay Sugarman.
In 2008, Trae Tha Truth was awarded by the mayor of Houston, Bill White, and Council Member Peter Brown with his own day, Trae Day, in honor of his outstanding work within the community. This is the first time the honor has been extended to a rap artist. Trae Day is celebrated every year on July 22.
Trae Tha Truth hosted the second annual Trae Day in July 2009 near Texas Southern University. Toward the end of the event eight people, ranging in age from 14 to 21, were shot near a parking garage located on the Texas Southern University campus. When he explained to the morning crew at radio station KBXX "97.9 The Box" that he did not condone the shooting, he was accused by one of the personalities of being responsible for the violence per se the lyrical content. When Trae Tha Truth retaliated against her on a mixtape, KBXX banned Trae Tha Truth's music and contributed music from the station and ordered their personalities not to play his music. It caused backlash in the music community as several DJs at KBXX were terminated from their positions due to playing songs that featured Trae. Due to his inability and hindrance from being able to promote his music in Houston as a result, Trae has filed a lawsuit with KBXX early in 2010 citing damages to his career.
On June 20, 2012, Trae tha Truth was shot in the shoulder following a performance at an afterhours club located at 9850 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX. Two of his friends, Carlos Durell "Dinky D" Dorsey and Coy "Poppa C" Thompson, died at the scene along with 30-year-old Erica Rochelle Dotson. There were around 20 gunshots fired.
Trae tha Truth said in an interview with MTV in December 2012 that he had been left lying and bleeding at the hospital for hours after being brought in. He went on to say that he "didn't get no bandage, I ain't get no stitches, they didn't take the bullet out, none of that."
On July 4, 2012, it was reported that a suspect, Feanyichi Ezekwesi Uvukansi, had been arrested and charged with capital murder for the shooting.