AKA Maurice Young
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Thug
Destined to take the hip-hop "thug" persona to an almost cartoonish extreme, Maurice Young emerged from the Miami ghetto -- one of 11 children born to his mother from nearly as many different men, with an additional 15 half-siblings from his father's involvement with other women. After struggling through years of poverty, Young (by this time working under the name Trick Daddy Dollars) managed to establish himself in the music industry with the help of former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, who gave the young unknown a prominent role on the Scarred single from his 1996 solo album Uncle Luke. The performance aroused a fair amount of interest from the Miami hip-hop crowd, including that of of Slip-n-Slide label founder Ted Lucas, who wasted no time adding the rapper to his stable of artists. The debut album by Trick Daddy Dollars, Based On A True Story (including appearances by other members of the Miami scene such as J. T. Money and Verb) subsequently appeared on Slip-n-Slide in mid-1997.
While this first album made a strong impact on the Miami scene, it failed to reach much of an audience outside of Trick's hometown -- a situation that was finally overcome with the release of his second effort www.thug.com in 1998. Now simply "Trick Daddy", the rapper thug-rushed the club charts with the album's lead single Nann Nigga, which paired him up with the shameless mouth of female rapper (and labelmate) Trina; other tracks received input from Society, Righteous Funk Boogie and Tre+6. As a result of the success of Nann, the album managed to reach the top 10 in the hip-hop charts, and even find its way up to #30 on the mainstream listings. Such success inevitably attracted the majors, and by the release of his next album Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 in 2000, Trick Daddy was working under the shadow of corporate behemoth Atlantic. With this big-time support in place, his single Shut Up (once again featuring the talents of Trina, and receiving added exposure through it's inclusion on the Any Given Sunday soundtrack) added him to the ranks of popular "Dirty South" rappers presently dominating the hip-hop scene. Another of this group, Mystikal, made an appearance on the song Tryin' To Stop Smokin', while the rest of the album was fleshed out by input from Tre+6 and The Lost Tribe.
In the new decade, Trick Daddy continued to advance the cause of thugdom with Thugs Are Us (2001) (which spawned the top 20 single I'm A Thug) and Thug Holiday (2002) (whose lead single In Da Wind featured input from both OutKast's Big Boi and Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo). His true-life thug reputation also received a boost by a cluster of criminal charges brought against him in 2003 -- resulting first from an incident at basketball game involving drug and firearm possession (and for which he also received a charge for aggravated assault), and later complicated by another drug possession charge at a high school football game. Ultimately the rapper -- who had been facing a possibility of considerable jail time if convicted -- managed to avoid incarceration by agreeing to a series of lectures that would educate children about the dangers of drugs and violation. His legal troubles did nothing to diminish the popularity of his music, however, and his 2004 release Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets proved by far to be his most successful yet -- not only reaching the top of the hip-hop charts, but also reaching as high as #2 on the mainstream charts.
Drug Possession: Cocaine 1991
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Concealed Weapon (1991)
Violating Probation 1991
Assault Miami (2003)
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Miami (2003)
Drug Possession: Marijuana Miami (2003)
Drug Possession: Cocaine Miami (2003)
Risk Factors: Marijuana, Cocaine
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