conducted by Hugo Lunny
MVRemix: For those that are now hearing about you for the first time, tell us about yourself.
Trai’D: Man, where do I start? I’m just a young thundercat outta the south. Dallas, Texas to be exact, fresh out of high school. I’m signed to Hitz Committee/Jive [Records] and I’m let the music speak from there. Google my ass, look me up on YouTube, catch me on MySpace. Ask about me!
MVRemix: How did the name Trai’D come about?
Trai’D: Trai’d actually comes from the word “trademark” which I spell traidmark. With a trademark being a logo a company puts out to represent themselves. I’m basically saying every time I step out I’m reppin’ my city, my people, label and everybody down with me to the fullet. Trai’d/Traidmark!
MVRemix: Tell me about growing up in Oakliff.
Trai’D: Oakliff, Texas is home. If you ever been to Dallas, you gon’ hear about it. But life is what you make it. I kept my head on straight and found my way early learning from a lot of my niggas’ mistakes.
MVRemix: At such a young age, do you feel you’re well enough prepared to enter the current competitive rap industry?
Trai’D: Yup, I think I got it.
MVRemix: How did the song “Gotta Gutta Chick” come about?
Trai’D: I need a gutter chick so the best way to get they attention was making a song for them. “Gutta” chicks get at me myspace.com/traidmark 214-989-3177
MVRemix: I recently spoke with Cassie who has added her phone number to MySpace but solely for fan voice mail. What made you decide to do this?
Trai’D: I just wanted to keep ties with my fans. I really do call back and check up on them but some be forgettin’ to leave they numbers…
MVRemix: Do you feel it’s as effective as when Mike Jones did it?
Trai’D: Nah, he was the first to do it.
MVRemix: As a songwriter, who has influenced you?
Trai’D: A young thundercat named Trai’D.
MVRemix: Do you remember the first song you wrote?
Trai’D: Yeah, and I won’t tell you how it went. [laughs] Hell nah! Just know I done come a long ass way.
MVRemix: How did your relationships with DJ Freddy Hydro and Memphitz come about?
Trai’D: “Gutta Chick” got real hot on the MySpace and Freddy Hydro ran across my page. Being good friends with Memphitz – VP A&R at Jive Records and also the guy who brought the world T-Pain… Hydro brought it to his attention. The rest was history.
MVRemix: Now that you’re signed to Jive, what’s the next step?
Trai’D: Doin’ work! People don’t understand that when the grind gets intense I can’t get laid back now that I got a deal. I gotta grind it out more than ever.
MVRemix: Any videos planned?
Trai’D: Yeah, we ’bout to release a video we shot for this song I got called “Ex Pill.” The “Gutta Chick” music video is on YouTube and BET so check it out at youtube.com/traidtv
MVRemix: If I’m coming to a Trai’d show. What is it that I’m going to experience that I won’t experience simply from listening to your material on CD?
Trai’D: Seeing a young thundercat live in the flesh doin’ his motherfuckin’ thing!
MVRemix: In a sentence or less, what do you do to relax?
Trai’D: I don’t like gettin’ comfortable.
MVRemix: Have fun with this one, a la “Fight Club” – “If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight”?
Trai’D: Kimbo Slice.
MVRemix: Would you win?
Trai’D: Hell nah, I wouldn’t even fight that nigga! I was lyin’ like a bitch!
MVRemix: Do you have any non musical aspirations?
Trai’D: Yeah, I wanna get into acting. I was just sent a script today, tell ya the truth. I’m tryin’ to Will Smith it out. From Jive to TV shows to big screen, ya dig?
MVRemix: What next do we have to look forward to from you?
Trai’D: More Thundacat music to vibe to. The album “Traidmark” coming soon. It’s going down in a major way; Hitz Committee got ’09. Watch what I tell ya.
MVRemix: Any last words?
Trai’D: Man, again, myspace.com/traidmark or holler at me 214-989-3177. Oh yeah, and get at me on the ringtone; text “GUTTA” to 66555.
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