As the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry of the mid 1990's came to a close, new hip-hop scenes began gaining mainstream exposure across the map. By the mid-2000's, the Southern rap scene - spearheaded by artists like Rick Ross from Miami and Young Jeezy from Atlanta - began making national hits while still staying true to the unique sound of their region. Of the regional rap scenes to emerge into the spotlight during this time, the Houston, Texas scene is one of the largest and most diverse.While artists like Paul Wall and Mike Jones have risen to become some of the most well known Houston rappers, every scene has its old guard. The wiser, grittier rappers who talk less about diamonds and more about the reality of street life. This is what Trae "Tha Truth" is all about. A native to the rough streets of Houston's South side, Trae began focusing on his music as a teenager after receiving a second chance - after being convicted of robbery he could have gone to jail for 40 years, but the judge instead decided to give the young rapper 2 years probation. He made his first musical appearance on a Houston mixtape only weeks after his sentence, and has kept his focus on rapping ever since. Trae's solo career began in 2003, when he released his debut album "Losing Composure" on local label G-Maab. His intelligent lyrics and uniquely deep, guttural voice gained him a following in the Houston scene, and he quickly followed up with 2004's "Same Thing Different Day", another offering on G-Maab. His career broke into the stratosphere with the release of his third album, "Restless", in 2006. The record, released on influential Houston-based label Rap-A-Lot Records, received rave reviews, and broke into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 thanks to singles "Swang" and "No Help". Widely considered his best album, it was followed by 2007's "Life Goes On". While lacking the swagger of "Restless", the album is still widely respected in the Houston scene, and is considered by many to be a realistic portrayal of life in the inner city.
Rapper from Houston, Texas.
Trae is a Southern rapper from Houston, Texas. With his cousin Z-Ro, he is a part of the underground rap group Screwed Up Click. Trae and Z-Ro, along with Trae's other cousin Dougie D, are the founding members of the group Guerilla Maab. Trae's trademark is a low, deep, guttural voice. His flow is very fast. In these two areas his style is somewhat reminiscent of Z-Ro's, as well as that of Flesh-N-Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Trae sometimes, though not always, mixes multiple vocal layers into his songs.
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Frazier Othel Thompson (born July 3, 1980), better known by his stage name Trae tha Truth or simply Trae, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He is a part of the underground rap collective Screwed Up Click. Trae and Z-Ro, along with Dougie D, are the founding members of the group Guerilla Maab.