Armut, Drogen, Kriminalität, Mord und Totschlag. Viele Rapper-Biographien ähneln sich. Die von Trixx ist vom schlimmsten Schlag: Krebs und Waffengewalt rafften Mutter und Freunde dahin, er selbst tötete in Notwehr seinen eigenen Stiefvater – ein Leben in enger Verbindung mit dem Tod, auf beeindruckende Weise auf der EP “Livin Iz Hell” thematisiert. Im Gespräch mit ugrap.de gibt Trixx ehrliche Antworten über sein Leben, seine Beweggründe Musik zu machen und nicht zuletzt seine Erwartungen für die Zukunft. Zeit für etwas Real Talk.
Introduce yourself to the people in Germany please.
My name is Trixx. I’m 30 years of age. I was born and raised in Tyler, east TX. and the Dallas/Ft. Worth, north TX. area and I’ve been rapping since 1986.
In regard of the title of your latest EP: why is livin’ hell to you?
Since the beginning of time, to me hell has been on earth before and since the Al Capone and Adolf Hitler era as well as today’s events. Because in this world that we live in today, we have preachers molesting children, racism, innocent people dying from gang banging – and to sum it up even better just listen to the song by the Black Eyed Peas “Wheres The Love”.
What happended in your life?
My father left my mother to be a single parent, she then fell victim to domestic violence as I grew up. At the age 19, I had to murder that man in self-defense for pulling a knife on my mother in 1993, then in 1997 my best friend and his 1st child’s mother was robbed and murdered by his own 1st cousin then 3 months later my mother passed with cancer, leaving me to raise my two youngest sister’s by myself with no help.
I think I can ask you this: If livin is hell, is there anything that makes life still worthy to live?
Yes, because I have a 9 year old daughter now and I’m the only thing that stands in between my 2 younger sisters and a foster home. If I can change one persons life for the best through my music, that makes it all worth while.
Your songs reflect your own life, but I think you do also speak about social grievances in general – what’s the message behind your music?
I believe that there’s heaven, I also believe that there’s Hell. I also believe that Jesus is coming back and that we’re in our final stages of life and even though this world is chaotic, if we all do our part then it just might make this world a better place.
What can we learn from your album?
The world is a beautiful but cruel place. Life is a never ending battle, but as long as you keep fighting and put your faith and trust in God, he’ll guide you through whatever.
How did you come up with the idea to rap? Tell me about your first steps as a rapper.
It’s funny to me now that I look back on 1986 because I always wanted to entertain since Micheal Jackson was with the Jackson 5, but I couldn’t sing. After attending a concert which included Public Enemy and Run DMC gave me the inspiration to rap and then Luther Campbell owned an independent record label then known as Skywalker Records inspired me to start my own label Greentown Records. After I discovered my love for rap and decided to make it into my profession, even back then my plans where to break into the music industry, then films, and create my own clothing line.
The music on “Livin Iz Hell” reminds me of how rap used to be back in the 90’s. Is this intended?
It’s funny that you asked that question because I wrote the lyrics and we created the tracks back in 1993, but because of everything I went through we didn’t get to record the songs until we done “Bop To You Drop” in 2001.
How would you describe your style?
My style of music to me is considered “realistic music for the soul”.
In your song “Bop To You Drop” you give shout outs to cities all over the country. What’s your opinion about today’s rap-music?
I think the rap industry is hurting right now because not to many artist is being original. Unlike when Tupac was living most artist are not being original, most artist are imitating what’s hot at the time.
Which groups do you like?
Run DMC, The Geto Boys and Scarface, N.W.A. and Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, Public Enemy, Tupac, Eminem and DMX. That’s just some of the artist that I like because I would be here all day naming artist that I like and respect.
Back to your own music – what’s your favorite track on the EP?
“Where’s Daddy” – because that song hit home with me and alot of other people that grew up around me without a father.
How has the response to the record been yet?
I thank God because the response to the record has been great across the world.
You told me that you started your won label Green Town Records. Tell me something about it. Do you have any other artist on there (one song on the EP features Dely Del)?
I came up with the concept in 1986, but it was made official in 2001. Dely Del is actually with another label, but we did sign our first artist in 2003, but the situation didn’t work out, so now were just focusing on myself right now.
Do you have any other records out or is “Livin Iz Hell EP” your debut to the game?
No just “Livin Iz Hell”, but I’ve also been featured on various artist record.
What’s comin’ up next from Trixx? What are your plans for the future?
Right now we’re still pushing the “Livin Iz Hell EP” and currently working on the “Livin Iz Hell LP”. My plans for the future is to make Greentown Records and myself a part of not only rap but be a key player in the history of the music business and to continue to make music that will make you happy and make you sad, make you laugh and make you mad.
How does your life look like besides music?
I’m active in alot of communities, and I try to stick to alot of old school values like treating others like I’ll want to be treated and I try to spend as much time as I can with my daughter and sisters.
Do you have any final words to the people on planet earth?
I want to thank God, my family, friends and my fans that supported my career and no matter what you are going through or try to do in life, put God first and never give up. To those that got “Livin Iz Hell EP”, thanks and to the ones that don’t have it, go and pick it up and be on the look out for the “Livin Iz Hell LP”, and remember that “Life is short, so treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself”. Thanks and Greenup !!!