“This is the first radio station I been on in a minute.” – Trae
Trae Tha Truth stopped by The Breakfast Club while he was in NYC promoting his new album Street King. He discusses performing his first show in New York on Monday and why he’s never performed here before. He talks about Trae Day being an official holiday in Houston. He discusses being approached by the mayor’s people after they saw his previous charitable work. They gave him a choice of two days and he chose July 22nd, the day before his son’s birthday.
He talks about why he got banned from Houston’s 97.9 The Box and the Radio One conglomerate. He said the ban stems from a shooting at his Trae Day event in 2009. The radio station blamed him for the shooting, but he stood up saying that the event is intended for a good purpose and that he had nothing to do with the shooting. He said everyone supported him, except for the radio station. He said it caught him off guard, in particular to have his own people bash him. Eventually, 4 DJ’s got fired, 1 got his show cut, and 1 was suspended (all allegedly for supporting Trae.)
Charlamagne asked him about his lawsuit against Radio One. He said he pulled back from the lawsuit, but that it wasn’t dismissed, so that he could re-file it at a later date if he wanted to. Angela asked him about Houston artists not going to his events anymore because of the ban.
He talks about chilling with Lil’ Wayne in Miami before he went to jail. He said Wayne’s on his new album on a song called “That’s Not Lub.” Fabolous used the same beat and an old Wayne verse on his latest mixtape, The Soul Tape. He talks about his group with Wyclef Jean called S.L.U.M.S. He also discusses recording with Young Buck but said he couldn’t get him on the album because of Bucks situation with 50 Cent. (Let him go Fif!)
They ask Trae about punching Mike Jones in the face at the Ozone Awards. He said he didn’t know that Mike’s mother was there at the time. He discusses why he punched him saying:
“When we was talking, we’re directly face to face. I’m making sure that nobody can hear what we’re talking about. One thing about me, I don’t care about that attention, all that causing a scene. We’re talking low until he started getting real reckless by the mouth. My thing is, I dont care if your trying to put on because people from out of town are here. Come on man, you know better than that. And at the end of the day, I told him what was about to happen…”
He went on to say that Mike kept talking reckless so he did what he did. He said the industry made it a bigger deal than it was. Angela asked Trae about the effect the ban has had on his money. Finally, he discusses his fifth album Street King and it getting pushed back a couple weeks because of a bar code issue. He said it should be out July 5th or 12th.