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Fat Trel on 'No Secrets' and how Lil Wayne knows his name

September 1, 2010 - 04:00 PM
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Fat Trel on his new mixtape 'No Secrets'

What did rapper Fat Trel do on the day that his mixtape, No Secrets, was released?  “I woke up, took a shower, brushed my teeth, got my smoke on and all that, played a little Madden…” He didn’t really look online to see what people were saying about No Secrets until later in the day, at which time he saw “a lot of people going crazy — and also a lot of hatred.”

Still, despite any hate he may have come across, Trel was in a good mood on Tuesday night, while hanging out with Wale and the rest of the Board. His "life of the party" attitude is one of the inspirations for the track "Trel Got em Laughing," which is on the new project. And then, of course, the creation of the track has a little something to do with the fact that Lil Wayne uttered the sentence "Trel got em laughing" on his 2009 mixtape, No Ceilings.

"As soon as I heard it, I was like, 'Oh, we gotta sample that,'" says Trel. "Some people may think he's talking about me and some will know he not — I don't care. We did it because 1) It's Lil Wayne, and 2) It's hot, and I trusted my Basshedz [production crew] were gonna kill it."

I met up with Trel last night, when he very generously took time out from looking at models and celebrating to talk to me about his favorite tracks on No Secrets.

"Champagne Wishes": Trel says the track, which makes mention of riding and underage driving, lets people know that he can hold his own behind the wheel. "Coming up in certain parts of the city, I started driving when I was 11, 12 years old. And they were UUVs, unauthorized use of a vehicle. Now I'm in a place in my life that I never have to drive, so people think I can’t drive, but I’ve been driving before my mother had a car. And [the track] is related to one of the greatest movies ever made, New Jersey Drive.

"Fame & Fortune," feat. Jay Hayden: "People don't understand how I think, why I rap how I rap, this is all new to me. It was always a dream, but I never pursued it — I was young. Now people say, 'You're on a good road," but everything is new to me.

"Just My Kinda Girl": "The lyrics are really explaining what kind of girl suits me. I'm not making a 'girl song,' I'm not doing it how everybody else is doing it. When girls meet a certain singer, they’re like, 'He don’t act like how he sings.' If you listen to my girl song, that’s how I-ma treat you. And the beat is bananas."



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