Straight Talk From Trae tha Truth: "I Decided to Make It Not About the Money"
"With the work ethic that I have right now, it's like it's not even really in a rush," he says. "The good thing about me is that I can stay featured on everybody else's project and still stay relevant until it's the right time for me."
Trae has also kept in the public eye through his very own animated series, co-created with cartoonist Jay Sugarman. The pair signed a ten-episode deal with Marlon Wayans' online imprint, WhatTheFunny.com, late last year.
Looking something like a ghetto South Park, Trae is something of a departure for the rapper. Known far better for his street-weary pessimism than for his comic timing, making people laugh is a new look for him.
"I don't care how street, how hard you are: Every crew, every situation, people like to think of something funny," Trae says. "(Executive producer) Omar Epps is like a brother of mine, and he was real excited about it. He went to Marlon, and Marlon loved it. We called a meeting and it happened just like that, and from there it's been crazy."
Even in success, naturally, Trae is forever restless. The cartoon's growing notoriety has already got him thinking about potential forays into the realms of television and film.
"I'm thinking about doing a movie," he says. "Actually, me and Philly Fly Boy, we got our company that does a majority of our music videos right now. I want to be a part of everything, man, 'cause that's the definition of a hustler, you know? You got to get it by any means necessary."
Trae the Truth performs with Lil' Bibby, MUG and the A.B.N. Family Saturday at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel. Admission will be limited to the first 2,000 fans to RSVP at Scoremoreshows.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
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