Trick Daddy is a rapper, actor, and producer who rose to fame in the late 1990s and 2000s with hits like “America,” “I’m a Thug,” and “Let’s Go.” He’s worked with major names like Lil Jon, Twista, the Ying Yang Twins, DJ Khaled, and Young Jeezy, released eight well-received albums, appeared in films, and starred in “Love & Hip Hop: Miami.” But despite all his achievements, he’s probably best known to most people as the man who got sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder, whose mugshot made national headlines, and who’s filed for bankruptcy more times than’s seemly. Find out more with these 10 things you didn’t know about the rapper known as Trick Daddy.
1. He’s got 10 siblings
Trick Daddy was born in 1974 in Miami to Pearl Brockington, a mother to 11 children from 10 different fathers. The family grew up in the Liberty Square apartment complex in Liberty City, which was commonly referred to as “Pork-N-Beans” in reference to the color of the apartment doors. When Trick entered his teens, he and his brother moved in with his dad, a local pimp. It was at that point that Trick began dealing crack cocaine.
2. He was sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder
By the time he was 15, Trick was already in trouble with the law. His first arrest came after he was found in possession of drugs and a firearm. The day after he was released, he was re-arrested for shooting a man during a street fight. He was convicted of attempted murder and sent down for 20 years. The same year that he began his sentence, his brother was murdered.
3. Ted Lucas changed his life
When Trick finally came out of prison, he teamed up with former 2 Live Crew member Luther “Luke” Campbell on the track “Scarred.” Ted Lucas, the then-CEO of Slip-n-Slide Records, heard the record (which by then had become a huge hit) and urged Trick to focus on his rap career and stay out of trouble. Trick signed up to Slip-n-Slide and released his debut album, “Based on a True Story,” in 1997.
4. He’s more than just a rapper
After enjoying a successful rap career in the 1990s and 2000s, Trick started dabbling in other forms of entertainment in the 2010s. In 2010, he played Roman, a drug dealer, in the film “Just Another Day.” He’s also appeared on the VH1 reality series “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” and co-hosted a podcast with Supa Cindy.
5. He’s still getting into trouble
He may be in his mid-40s, but Trick still hasn’t learned his lesson when it comes to staying on the right side of the law. In 2014, he was arrested after police found a gram of cocaine along with a 9mm pistol and ammunition in his house. In January 2020, he was pulled over by police on suspicion of driving under the influence. After failing a field sobriety test, he was taken into custody where police found cocaine wrapped inside a dollar bill amongst his possessions.
6. He’s got lupus
After Trick was arrested for driving under the influence and cocaine possession in 2020, his mugshot generated as much publicity as the arrest itself. But according to Trick, there was a simple enough explanation for his appearance – Lupus. Although the condition has taken a toll on his skin, Trick refuses to take medication for it, claiming “Because for every medicine they gave me I had to take a test or another medicine every thirty days or so to make sure that medicine wasn’t causing side effects dealing with kidney or liver failure…I just said all together I ain’t taking no medicine.”
7. He’s filed for bankruptcy four times
As hiphopwired.com writes, Trick certainly knows how to use the system to his benefit. In 2017, he filed for his third bankruptcy in three years (his previous two were dismissed after he failed to make plan payments). Coincidently (or perhaps not), the filing came on the same day that his house was supposed to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. According to the filing, he owed between $500,001 and $1 million to various creditors. Other than his house, which was worth $417,000, his other assets included $2,500 in furniture, $150 in clothing, and $400 in jewelry. Trick claimed that he’d only made $170,00 that year, along with $75,000 the previous year. In October 2019, he was up to his old tricks again. This time around, he claimed to be in debt to the tune of $800,000 with $0 in his bank account. The filing also showed that he owed nearly $60,000 in child support and that his estimated earnings for the year were around $50,000.
8. He’s not as rich as you’d think
Trick may have had a long string of hits in the 1990s and 2000s, but as his frequent bankruptcy filings suggest, things haven’t worked out for him too well on the financial front. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the rapper has a net worth of just $150 thousand.
9. He thinks Beyonce can’t sing
Trick might be a lot of things, but a controversy dodger he is not. Back in June 2021, he inspired the wrath of the Twitterati when he made the outrageous suggestion that Beyonce couldn’t singg. “Beyoncé ain’t trying to give back to music or nothing. Beyoncé don’t write music and barely can sing,” he ranted about the 28-time Grammy Award winner. He then turned his attentions to her husband, Jay-Z, claiming “Jay-Z ain’t never won the greatest rapper alive. Whoever put him on a level like that?” Cue social media outrage.
10. He’s out of a job
Up until recently, the hip hop star hosted the Trick and Trina Morning Show for Miami’s 99JAMZ alongside fellow rapper Trina. Since its launch in 2019, it’s become one of the most popular radio programs in Miami. But now it looks like it’s all over. This September, the network announced they were pulling the plug on the show. An official explanation hasn’t been offered, but according to mtonews.com, the inside scoop is that the duo’s behind-the-scenes behavior had become a problem. “Trina is just a nasty person, and she has a horrible attitude and Trick is a hood booger,” a radio insider revealed. “They were fired because they were too ghetto.”