King Truth, formerly known as Trae Tha Truth, is a man of the people. Not only does he give back to his hometown of Houston in tremendous ways, but he always goes down as one of the coldest spitters to come out of the city. Read more…
When Hurricane Harvey hit last summer, real name Frazier Othel Thompson III started Relief Gang organization to aid those in need. In addition to being extremely hands-on in rebuilding the city, he even managed to enlist fellow H-Town native, Beyonce, to come lend a hand. Now, King Truth debuts his new moniker with a brand new album called Hometown Hero.
This recounts all the hardships, trials, and tribulations he went through as the hurricane struck his own home. We caught up with him ahead of the project’s exclusive listening party at Diamond on Fairfax in West Hollywood, CA.
For those who don’t know, who is Trae Tha Truth?
Trae is one of the hidden representations of Texas. One of the star representations of Houston. The big homie. The Hometown Hero. King Truth.
Talk about the name switch to King Truth.
I’m at a new chapter of my life. When you come into those situations, it’s growth. I feel like I’m in another place mentally, even with the music. Just my mindset.
Where do you fit in the rap game?
I don’t know. I don’t really consider myself just to be a rap. I just do me. My music is a form of me venting. It’s never been a form of me trying to compete with this person, that person. I just do me.
Talk about your new project Hometown Hero and why you feel it’s so important to give back to your city?
It definitely is important because a city — not just Houston — it’s important to give back period. Because so many people and places built us to be where we are today, so it’s growth.
Your project is stacked with features. Talk about who you choose to be on it.
It’s not really stacked with teachers, it’s light.
Mozzy, Young Thug?
No, I’m saying it’s light, like I usually I have a lot of people. Of course, I got my little brother Mozzy, my bro Young Thug, T.I., RaRa, Kim, Money Man, and Ink. Usually when I have a project, I have a lot of people. This was just something… I got straight to the point on this one.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I think everything is important because you can’t get the big head and feel that everybody knows about you. Sometimes you have to go out there and touch the people and let them understand, let them feel a part of what you got going on.
If you had one song for fans to hear, what would it be?
I don’t know I’ve been rapping several years, so it’s definitely hard. Too hard. Everything is dictated by my mood.
Congrats on being honored for Houston’s Harvey Heroes Day! How was that whole experience?
It’s a blessing. It’s destiny. It’s destined to be a part of me and my team. We were doing what needs to be done.
What do you want your legacy to be?
One of the greats. One of the greats at what I do. One of the standup solid dudes that’s taken over the city.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
It would probably be all bad.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Just the genuine love that they have. I always learn a lot.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
I listen to a lot of big music, so it’s not necessarily… everything is dictated by mood.
One of the only few people I haven’t done music with would probably be Eminem.
Is there anything else you want to let Young California know?
I appreciate everybody that’s standing with me. Just check out the project. It’s gonna be dope.