Let this be the signal that the holiday gift season is at hand: South Florida rap legend Maurice "Trick Daddy" Young isreleasing an autobiographical tome
titledMagic City: Trials of a Native Son
on November 16. There's no helping you if the "tale of a boy whose father was a pimp, who learned to hustle to survive,
and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched
plying his trade on the block" doesn't sound like an engrossing read.
After rising to prominence as Trick Daddy Dollars back in the mid-'90s, the self-proclaimed thug who still loves the kids has had a string of hits and controversial experiences. When we pick up Magic City (penned with ex-Miami Herald staffer Peter Bailey), there are more than a few things we hope will be included, but we have three listed here.
3. Trick's decision to forgo treatment for discoid lupus.
This controversial thread came out last year when talks of his book began to surface. In this interview, it is revealed that Trick Daddy was diagnosed with the disease back in 1998 and has since tired of the steroid shots, sunscreen, and harsh medicines. Learning more about his day-to-day with the disease isn't the same as the high life of a rapper but still compelling.
"With my friends, I joke about me having to always look in the mirror and make sure my face ain't too fucked up," he says. "Or I joke about me forgetting that I can't go outside with my tank top on... I learned as a kid to joke about my mama being on welfare and to joke about our lights was off and to joke about all those things. 'Cause if I can laugh at it, then you couldn't make me cry about it."
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And of course, what we wouldn't give to learn about the creative discussions that led up to last year's Finally Famous: Born a Thug, Still a Thug.