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|Birth name||Christian Mathis|
|Born||November 9, 1973|
|Labels||Koch Records (2007–present)|
|Associated acts||Eminem, Goon Sqwad, Charli Baltimore, D12, Obie Trice|
Early Life and Career
He grew up listening to gospel, soul and funk music at home; two of his early musical memories were Phil Collins and George Clinton. Later on in his childhood he began to listen to hip hop such as Public Enemy, N.W.A and Run DMC.
Trick's nickname was given to him at a very young age for his competent schemes of attracting the girls of his neighborhood, though later on he changed his name to Trick-Trick, due to the international success of the British rapper Tricky-whom (the soon to be called). Trick Trick found that he had legal rights to the name. He decided on Trick-Trick to play off the name "Click Click", a well known street figure whom Christian always wanted to emulate in any way possible. Trick began his journey in the rap business when he signed his first deal with Click-Click's label, Click Boom Records in 1992.
As a teenager his father, a talented musician taught and encouraged Christian's siblings and himself various musical instruments and encouraged them towards gospel music. Trick Trick joined Detroit's B.K. (short for "Black Killers") gang as a youth. After the lure of the streets swayed him away from education, he spent a brief stint in the county prison. After being released, he became the third member and back up rapper in the Goon Sqwad behind local Detroit rapper Stylez and DJ OC.
Trick-Trick is also credited with being the man responsible for making Detroit, Michigan a "No Fly Zone", meaning rappers that are not from the city who do not support artists from the city or make contributions to the city are not welcome to perform in Detroit. He is perhaps best known in the underground rap scene for attacking rappers like Trick Daddy, Yung Berg, Rick Ross and Styles P when they came to Detroit. They were evidently talking about the city in a manner he didn't appreciate and he had them "touched" by his crew.
In 1995 he recorded his first radio hit with Goon Sqwad titled as "Booty Bounce" produced by Mo Master. The single instantly took the #1 position on FM 98 WJLB in Detroit and other surrounding stations. Under Innersound (an Atlanta, Georgia based record label) the single reached sales of over 400,000 and 30,000 independently.
While continuing to record hits on the small independent label Click Boom Records, run by his friends Click-Click and Peanut, only a few of the singles by Trick-Trick received any serious play on Detroit radio. In 2000 he gained world-wide attention in the documentary titled as Street Life.
Back in December 27, 2005, he released his latest album The People vs., which would now be distributed by Motown/Universal Records. Trick-Trick's first and only single "Welcome 2 Detroit", which features rap vocals from Detroit rapper Eminem, entered the Billboard Top 100 at No. 90. It is the first single off The People vs.. In 2006, Trick-Trick sold over 500,000 of singles alone and over two million mixtape sales with his Wonder Boy Entertainment label.
In November 11, 2008, Trick-Trick released his second studio album titled as The Villain, which features Eminem (also producer on the album) on the third single titled as "Who Want It". The album was released on the label of Koch Records. It is also the first album not to be released on Universal Motown Records.
On May 28th of 2014, Trick-Trick released a mixtape via Datpiff.com, titled The Godfather 3.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2005||The People vs.
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2003||"It's Goin' Down"||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album song|
|2005||"Welcome 2 Detroit" (featuring Eminem)||100||52||24||12||20||The People vs.|
|2008||"Let's Work"||—||—||—||—||—||The Villain|
|"Let It Fly" (featuring Ice Cube and Lil Jon)||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Who Want It" (featuring Eminem)||—||—||—||—2011||"I Made It"(featuring D12)|
|2013||"Smoke Weed Everyday"||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album song|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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