Life is always about choices. The way you decide to do things can either make or break you. The good thing is that because people are allowed to make choices, they always have the chance to turn things around for themselves.
That happens to be the case with up-and-coming Detroit rapper Trigg Da Kidd. After a rough start in his early years that included some trouble with the law, he decided to take a different route and focus instead on getting his music career off the ground.
The gamble worked, as Trigg is now on the cusp of a burgeoning career and is planning the release of his debut street album, TriggaNometry 101, which features the likes of Travis Porter, Myko, and Dusty McFly. The gamble looks as if it is already paying off since he seems to have captured the attention of fans and industry heads alike.
You got in some trouble when you were younger. What was going on at the time?
At the time, I was hanging out with the wrong crowd and being a follower instead of a leader, which is something kids can go through. I made some mistakes and paid for it. I got out and got on track, man. Started doing this rapping thing and wanted to make a difference in my life, so I came out and started really pursuing what I wanted to do, and that was rapping.
What made you get your mind right?
My family. Being locked up and away from my family and having brothers and sisters and stuff like that, I had to set that example. So, me getting out, I wanted to do something productive with my life to show my brothers and sisters that I was a leader instead of a follower, so they could follow in the right footsteps. I also want to make sure that my family had a better chance at what they wanted to do, so I use rap to get my family out of the situations that we were in.
Why did you pick music over different career prospects?
I felt like music was my passion. I had two things that I liked to do, and that was basketball and rap, and I was better at rap than I was at basketball, even though I enjoy it a lot. As a kid growing up, I just enjoyed rapping, and I thought that was a way for me to get out, so I chose my first path, which is rap.
What’s the story behind the stage name?
Growing up, for real I was a bad-ass kid. My grandma used to call me Trigg because every little thing triggered me off. You could be on your phone and leave it around, and your phone would ring, and I would go f*** with it and stuff like that. And my granddad would always just call me kid, so I just put the two together one day and was like Trigg Da Kidd, so it was real family-oriented as to why I chose the name.
What type of vibe do you promote?
I try to go positive with my music. I got a lot of stuff that I rap about like going through the struggles, parties for party people. I rap about everything that is inspirational to a point, man. Love songs, too. I just do it all. I set moods with my music and every genre that I go to in it. I could set you in a party mood or a love mood or a mood to get money. There are just a lot of moods that I could set you in, in my music.
Why should people take a chance on your music?
I think my style is one where I can hop in any lane and, for one thing, my work ethic. I love to connect with fans and one thing that I’ve learned doing this music thing is that my fans love me a lot. So I think all that sets me apart from all these other rappers. I go hard in the booth every time I’m in there, and all that it’s the whole package that separates me from everyone else in the game.
Who are some people who have really inspired your career?
It would have to be Wayne. I grew up listening to Wayne, and he inspired me in a lot of ways, man. Just starting off as young as he did and making it to the point that he’s at now. He inspired me to keep going hard at your craft, so I use Wayne to better myself. When he comes out with a cold song, I listen to that and feel like I have to come out with one colder.
Tell us what we can expect from the new mix tape that’s coming out.
I wanted to make sure that with this mix tape, I put a lot of time and effort into it so that it sounds like an album. Because of that, we got a lot of creative people that I wanted to put on my project. We got Travis Porter, we got Day 26, and it’s a whole all-star lineup for the upcoming mix tape. It’s a classic mix tape at the end of the day, and I think it’s going to be one of the best mix tapes that’s dropping in 2012.
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