Tre-8

Tre-8

Tre-8

Biography

Tre-8 was producer and rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is one of the many hip-hop artists to come out of Master P’s No Limit Records during the mid-’90s, when No Limit had one of the most exciting collections of young talent in the rap industry.

Tre-8 was born in Detroit, but had relocated to New Orleans, where he first began to explore his skills as a producer. He began to craft tracks that fit into the lazy drawl and stripped-down production of many other New Orleans rappers, and soon he caught the ear of local entrepreneur Master P. When the two met, they discovered that Tre-8’s beats fit No Limit’s vision of no-frills, hardcore hip-hop, which made Master P enthusiastic about adding Tre to his stable of producers. He signed a distribution deal with the label, but wouldn’t commit to a contract that would give No Limit exclusive rights to his output, which created bad blood between the two.

Despite the growing tension, he was still included on their next compilation, 1995’s Down South Hustlers. His solo debut, Ghetto Stories, was also released through No Limit, but he continued to look for a major-label deal despite No Limit’s insistence that he sign.

After contributing beats to Master P’s Ice Cream Man and Mia X’s Good Girl Gone Bad, he ended his relationship with the label, starting his own Smoke 1 Records for 1996’s Dey Scarred Of Me. This would turn out to be his biggest mistake, since No Limit’s popularity grew during the next few years while Tre struggled to get distribution and found it hard to get his material heard in the competitive New Orleans scene. Still, he continued to release his own records, including 1998’s Nuttin’ But Drama.

Tre-8 died on May 28th, 2011 due to complications from a car accident that occurred in Algiers, Louisiana.

Discography

Tre-8 - Fright Night

Tre-8 – Fright Night

Smoke 1 Records 1995
Tre-8 - Ghetto Stories

Tre-8 – Ghetto Stories

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1995
Tre-8 - Dey Scared Of Me

Tre-8 – Dey Scared Of Me

Smoke 1 Records, South Coast Music Group 1997
Tre-8 - Nuttin But Drama

Tre-8 – Nuttin But Drama

South Coast Music Group 1998
Tre-8 - Armageddon

Tre-8 – Armageddon

Smoke 1 Records 1999
Tre-8 - 2 Hot 4 T.V.

Tre-8 – 2 Hot 4 TV

Major Entertainment 2002
Tre-8 ‎– Fright Night Reloaded (Collectors Edition)

Tre-8 ‎- Fright Night Reloaded – Collectors Edition

Warlock Records, Purple Haze Productions 2006
Tre-8 - Most Underrated

Tre-8 – Most Underrated

Strickly Grindin, Purple Haze Productions 2008

Guest Appearances

Mia X - Good Girl Gone Bad
  • Here Comes The Drama

Mia X – Good Girl Gone Bad

No Limit Records 1995
M.C. Spade - You Betta Reconize
  • Put ‘Em In Ditches

M.C. Spade – You Betta Reconize

Spade Entertainment 1996
Master P - Ice Cream Man
  • I Got That Yayo

Master P – Ice Cream Man

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1996
Fila Phil - Da Hustla

Fila Phil – Da Hustla

Slaughterhouse Records, Emoja Records 1997
211 - Hustlin Pays Tha Bills
  • Down In Tha Boot

211 – Hustlin Pays Tha Bills

Untouchable Records 1997
Ghetto Twiinz - In That Water
  • In That Water

Ghetto Twiinz – In That Water

Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records 1997
Smoke - Where Ya Baby Daddy At?
  • Smoke Ballin’

Smoke – Where Ya Baby Daddy At?

SCMG Records 1997
Prime Time - Duck Tape'n
  • You Don’t Wanna!

Prime Time – Duck Tape’n

South Coast Music Group 1998
Code 6 - Let's Go Get 'Em
  • W.I.M.E. (Bad Boy Radio)

Code 6 – Let’s Go Get ‘Em

Ice Mike Entertainment 1998
Tim Smooth - Let It Be Written
  • Holla At Me

Tim Smooth – Let It Be Written

Camped Out Records 1999
Drama Squad - On The Frontline (Chapter II)
  • Trigger Man

Drama Squad – On The Frontline (Chapter II)

South Coast Music Group 1999
Partners-N-Crime - We Be Hound'n
  • We Be Hound’n

Partners-N-Crime – We Be Hound’n

South Coast Music Group 1999
Recon - Makin Moves
  • Aw Aw

Recon – Makin Moves

South Coast Music Group 1999
Bigg Nastee - My Life, Dreams & Feelings
  • Ghetto Cousins

Bigg Nastee – My Life, Dreams & Feelings

Private I Records, Loco-MoShun Records 1999
Toez - If They Take Me
  • Problems

Toez – If They Take Me

2 Loaded Records 2004
Rob Gold - Windows 2 A Soul
  • Hop 2 It

Rob Gold – Windows 2 A Soul

Full Blown Records 2004
B-Spitta - Beware Of The Beast
  • Can Get It (Any Nigga)

B-Spitta – Beware Of The Beast

Hollo Point Entertainment 2007
Rapper K - Long Time Coming
  • Hands

Rapper K – Long Time Coming

Black Book International 2008
Pachino Dino - Hustlin' And Head Bussin'
  • Roll Da Dice

Pachino Dino – Hustlin’ And Head Bussin’

Phase One, Hardhead Recordings 2009
MOH - Mind Of A Hustler
  • Push

MOH – Mind Of A Hustler

Black Zone Entertainment 2010

Compilations

Legal Dope
  • What’s Happenin’

Legal Dope

Priority Records 1995
Down South Hustlers - Bouncin' And Swingin'
  • So Much Pain

Down South Hustlers – Bouncin’ And Swingin’

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1995
P.N.C. Presents The Drama Squad Chapter One
  • I Don’t Give A Fuck

P.N.C. Presents The Drama Squad Chapter One

South Coast Music Group 1996
Murder Dog Presents Southern XXX-Posure
  • Respect It

Murder Dog Presents Southern XXX-Posure

Dogday Records 1998
Down South Affiliated - The Compilation Vol. 1
  • Ain’t 2 Small 2 Ball

Down South Affiliated – The Compilation Vol. 1

Down South Affiliated 1999
Blood & Tears Soundtrack
  • Ball How Ya Ball

Blood & Tears Soundtrack

Dogday Records 2000
Ice Mike - Do Em Dirty (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Ridin’ 84’s

Ice Mike – Do Em Dirty (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mission Entertainment 2006
Hollo Point Presents The Legacy Begins Vol. 1
  • I’m Ballin’

Hollo Point Presents The Legacy Begins Vol. 1

Hollo Point Entertainment Group 2006