As the release of his third solo album, Bottoms Up, drew nearer, Obie Trice began hinting at the reasons behind his departure from Shady Records.

In a recent interview with, the Detroit native spoke a bit more candidly on the matter.

“It was just issues with me,” explained Obie, neglecting to point fingers. “I missed the Big Boy show out there in LA. And Jimmy [Iovine] had a real problem with that, but it wasn’t just that, though. I was younger, so things were happening that were different.”



Obie also recalled when his Akon-assisted single “Snitch” was unable to gain traction, at least in part due to outside circumstances. “I had the Akon single out. MTV wouldn’t play the record because they had the Snitch campaign going on, and things of that sort. And BET wouldn’t play the record because Eminem missed the BET Awards three years in a row. Just a lot of backlash we caught that didn’t have anything to do with us, and we thought things should change about that, that they should have worked the record even harder. There were just a lot of things going on, But shout out to Jimmy Iovine: he gave me an opportunity.”

Additionally, Trice, who maintains a working and personal relationship with Eminem, wasn’t shy to express his belief that he bested his mentor on numerous occasions. “I body him all the time! I feel like every song we did I bodied him. That’s how I feel! That’s how I go into records.”

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