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Before Miami rap got big, there was Trick Daddy. Also known to go by the monikers Trick Daddy Dollars and T-Double-D, Trick got big before Miami acts like Rick Ross, Pitbull, and Flo Rida began spitting their tropical flow over the airwaves. Born to a mother of twelve in the rough Miami neighborhood of Liberty City, Trick (real name Arthur Maurice Young) spent most of his early years in and out of correctional facilities for drug trafficking and illegal weapon possession. When he learned that two of his brothers and three of his best friends had been killed during a three year stint on prison in 1994, Trick vowed to change his violent ways. Upon his release, Trick Daddy began to channel his anger into music, quickly becoming a fixture in Miami's underground rap scene.

After his discovery in 1996 by Luther Campbell (formerly of influential Miami bass outfit 2 Live Crew), Trick Daddy signed a deal with Miami megalabel Slip-N-Slide Records (Trina, Plies) in 2007, dropping his debut album Based on a True Story later that year. Based on a True Story (his only release to date to not feature the word "thug" in its title) was followed up by the release of his second album in 1998, which produced one hit single entitled "Nann Nigga". A left-field success, "Nann Nigga" rose to the #3 spot on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks index, putting the regionally famous Miami rapper on the national map.

Trick Daddy went on to put out three more RIAA Gold-certified albums in the wake of; Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 (2000), Thugs Are Us (2001), and Thug Holiday (2002). Showcasing Trick Daddy's deep, booming voice and candid lyricism, these albums confirmed that Trick's early success was no fluke. Standout tracks from these albums include "I'm a Thug", "In the Wind", and "Take it to the House".

In late 2004 Trick Daddy dropped his sixth and most successful album, Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets. Peaking respectably at the #2 spot on the Billboard 200, Thug Matrimony is more than just another gangster rap album. Though there's no shortage of thug anthems like "Fucking Around" (which includes verses by Atlanta brothers-in-arms T.I. and Young Jeezy) and "Gangster Living", Trick still manages to pack club hits such as the Lil' Jon-produced "Let's Go!" alongside heartfelt tearjerker tracks like "I Cry" and "The Children's Song".

After two years in the studio, Trick finally released his hotly anticipated seventh album Back By Thug Demand late 2006. Featuring appearances by stars like Chamillionaire and Birdman along with his usual 305 crew, Back By Thug Demand is every bit as thuggingly diverse as Thug Matrimony. The album has so far produced two singles, "Tuck Ya Ice" and "Bet That". Eager to follow up Thug Demand, Trick Daddy plans to release an eighth album in 2008, tentatively titled A Dedication to a Thug. Outside of his solo career Trick is a notable collaborator with other Miami artists, featuring prominently in much of DJ Khaled's work.

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Born: 1973, Miami, Florida.

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Trick Daddy, born Maurice Young in 1973, also known as Trick Daddy Dollars or T Double D is a Dirty South rapper from Miami, of Slip-N-Slide Records. Trick Daddy grew up in the Liberty City section of Miami, arguably the city's roughest area. Trick Daddy built a substantial following in the south, with the regional hits "Nann Nigga" and "Shut Up" (both featuring fellow Slip-N-Slide rapper Trina) before breaking through to achieve national prominence in 2001 with his hit singles "Take It To Da House" and "I'm A Thug."

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Maurice Young (born September 23, 1973), better known by his stage name Trick Daddy, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida.

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