Video: Trae Tha Truth – “Children of Men” ft. J. Cole & Ink
The Rappers Shed Light on Street Realities in Heartbreaking Visual, Debuted by Complex
Critical Praise for Trae Tha Truth:
“Texas OG Trae Tha Truth continues to keep it real” – Billboard
“When discussing rappers who truly represent the South, and Houston in particular, there’s absolutely no way you can leave underground rapper Trae Tha Truth off the list.” – Dallas Observer
“More concise rhymes, insightful and diverse subject matter, and solid features show how far Trae has come as an MC and a songwriter.” – BET.com
“Houston hip-hop veteran Trae Tha Truth may not be anything to you but down in the city of Screw Juice, the Asshole By Nature is the man in the streets” – VIBE
“Trae embodies everything that is Texas in an artist. He’s independent, strong and a survivor.” – SXSW.com
“Trae Tha Truth (or just Trae) is one of the more authentic artists currently operating in Texas, if not the South in general.” – HotNewHipHop
“Trae tha Truth is one of Houston’s most imposing musical forces, a bona fide legend in the harrowing streets of southwest Houston.” – Houston Press
Trae Tha Truth knows the harsh realities of the streets. His latest visual, “Children of Men,” features an opening verse from J. Cole and a powerful chorus from singer/songwriter Ink. “The storyline is about a kid that came from an orphanage, just dealing with life, getting caught up, dealing with the pressure, and at the end the pressure becomes so much that he kills himself,” Trae tells Complex. “These stories happen multiple times when you come from the struggle, so it was real relatable, and that’s why the story was told so well.” The video single is a stand-out from 2015’s Tha Truth album, which was followed by Tha Truth 2 earlier this month. Trae’s hustle doesn’t stop there – the Texas legend been an active part of his community for years, hosting the annual Trae Day in Houston, which he’s been officially recognized for by the city.
The FADER-debuted Tha Truth 2 album boasts a wide range of features from bonafide superstars Wiz Khalifa, T.I., and Rick Ross to street rap vets like Yo Gotti to top notch newcomers such as Watch the Duck and Quentin Miller. Trae Tha Truth also has his TRAE cartoon series, which is currently in its third season and airing via Fuse TV’s Explicit Language, with recent episodes featuring cameos from rappers Paul Wall and Snoop Dogg as well as comedian Lil Duval.
In an interview with XXL, Trae revealed that he remarkably has more than 1,700 unreleased songs recorded, adding: “When it comes to music, I never face challenges. I tell people all the time when I do my music it’s just me venting. I’m not going in there to make a certain type of record, or make a certain song, or catch up with a fad that everyone is doing. I just go in there and do me. Music probably be the least of my problems.” Fans can catch Trae Tha Truth on his Truth Tour, which concludes in Texas later this month.
Watch “Children of Men” ft. J. Cole & Ink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVbJ3Ct-uU
Check out the Complex premiere: http://www.complex.com/music/2016/02/trae-tha-truth-new-video-children-of-men-feat-j-cole
Listen to Tha Truth 2 on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/30zjG4sCa9IEWErRnLZOqj
Stream Tha Truth 2 on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/traethatruth/sets/tha-truth-part-two/
Buy Tha Truth 2 on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ThaTruthPt2
Trae Tha Truth Background:
There are three ways to write about Trae Tha Truth. One is to talk about his music, and that’s important because he is a rapper and making music is what he does. The other is to talk about him as a human, and that’s important, because he has done some truly monumental and impressive things. The third is to talk about the intersection of him as a rapper and him as a humanitarian, because that’s where Trae really belongs. His music is often inspired by the experiences of the disenfranchised, which is rooted in the broken roads of the ghetto. It’s driven by loss, by love, by loyalty, and by when one or two or all of those things are taken away or tested of those he cares about.
Trae Tha Truth is very modest, he never talks about his guest features he’d done or any of his new tapes (Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., Nas, etc.) or how he’d landed another MTV JAM Video of the Week or how he’d signed to T.I.’s label or any of the things people were watching him accomplish from afar. What you need to about Trae is he is a rapper, who has only ever viewed rap as another way for him to help people. Trae Tha Truth’s Tha Truth 2 is the second part of a two album series, following 2015’s Tha Truth. The project came out on February 5th and is available to buy on iTunes.
“Children of Men” ft. J. Cole & Ink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVbJ3Ct-uU
“Slugs” ft. Young Thug – https://soundcloud.com/traethatruth/slugs-feat-young-thug
“All Good” ft. Rick Ross, T.I., and Audio Push: https://soundcloud.com/traethatruth/all-good-feat-rick-ross-ti-audio-push
“Yeah Hoe”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzoV_lKNzxw
“Takers” ft. Quentin Miller: https://soundcloud.com/traethatruth/takers-feat-quentin-miller
“Tricken Every Car I Get” (Video): https://youtu.be/Z-wAh7J1yjg
“Tricken Every Car I Get”: https://soundcloud.com/traeabn/tricken-every-car-i-get-feat-future-boosie // smarturl.it/Tricken
“I Don’t Give A Fuck”: https://youtu.be/emsBn80en8c
Bio, photos, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/trae-tha-truth