Trae Tha Truth
With Slim Gravy, Mike Caesar, Rizzo Blaze and Curtis Mayz
Saturday, January 23, 2016
When discussing rappers who truly represent the South, and Houston in particular, there’s absolutely no way you can leave underground rapper Trae Tha Truth off the list. Trae's name automatically comes to mind, as it should, seeing as he’s been in the rap game for almost 20 years. And his performance at Trees on Saturday night was a perfect reminder of exactly why he’s still on the map.
Trae's son, “Baby Houston," introduced him, which added a nice sentimental touch to the show and relaxed a crowd anxious for Trae to hit the stage. Once DJ Imperial dropped the track “Never Knew” off of Trae’s last album Tha Truth and the recognizably deep, smooth operator voice graced the mic, the crowd’s energy broke the knob. Representing Houston as soon as he walked out on stage in a white Houston Rockets jersey, he delivered the same love to his fans that he received from them.
Luckily, seeing the underground Houston rapper isn’t too rare for the city of Dallas. Since he’s essentially like a next door neighbor, he was expected to make a stop here on his 2016 Truth Tour. Buying a ticket to see Trae on Saturday at Trees means you’re a true supporter of authentic Southern rap music and appreciate what he’s added to the rap culture. Aside from being a solo artist he’s a part of the legendary underground Houston group Screwed Up Click, one half of the group Assholes By Nature (ABN) with fellow Houston rapper Z-RO and one of the founders of the group Guerilla Maab. Since making his debut on Z-RO’s record Look What You Did to Me in 1998, he’s worked with artists such as Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Future, Lil Wayne, Bun B, Z-Ro and Dougie D, just to name a few. He credits his song “Swang," which came out in 2006, as the one that elevated his career and made him appeal to bigger audiences.
The crowed enjoyed hearing some of his songs from the past and newer releases like “Try Me,” “Tricken Every Car I Get,” “I’m From Texas,” “Screwed Up” and more during his 40-minute set. It seemed like Trae was playing to longtime fans, because “Let’s take it back!” became a constant saying throughout the performance.
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The amount of energy he gave to the crowd proved exactly why he’s still around. All with all the love the crowd fed Trae, in turn, for a split second he must have thought he was in a room full of Houstonians.