Fat Trel is on a track toward world domination
As you might know if you follow the rapper on Instagram, Fat Trel was recently released from prison. The D.C. rapper and Maybach Music Group affiliate talked with XXL about his time in prison and what he hopes to do moving forward.
First off, Trel explained what he did to keep busy behind bars. Turns out getting locked up and reading books to pass the time isn’t just a 50 Cent lyric.
“Well, you know, I purchased a lot of books, I read a lot of books,” he said. “Some of ’em were John Grisham books. He wrote the books to the movies A Time to Kill, Pelican Brief with Denzel Washington. I read a lot of his books. I read a lot of autobiography books: The Autobiography Scarface, The Autobiography of Mike Tyson, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. And of course urban books, street books. A lot of D.C. artists, they got books and, you know, sh*t like that.”
Now that he’s a free man, he’s finished reading and busy writing. Trel told the magazine that he’s putting in the work to become more than just big in D.C.
“I wanna take over the charts,” he said. “I wanna do those festivals you see A$AP Rocky’s, and the Chance The Rapper’s, and the Machine Gun Kelly’s do. I wanna do those big shows, you know what I’m saying, I just wanna be great.”
Trel seems to have taken steps to move toward being bigger than D.C. On top of working on his new project Finally Free, Trel admitted that he’s sober now.
“When you got a clear mind state, you make better decisions I feel, personally,” he said. “And it might be different for other people. Some people feel like they record better music when they smoke. Some people feel they record better music when they’re off a Perc or Xan.
“It’s different for everybody.I feel as though it’s important for me because I’m trying to stay out of trouble, and unfortunately, doing drugs or being under the influence of drugs is considered being in trouble in the eyes of the law.”
Trel also apologized to all his boosters for letting them down by making bad decisions.
“I just wanna tell the fans, I just wanna tell the whole rap community, man, I’m sorry for everybody I disappointed, you know?” he said. “I wanna tell my label I’m sorry for disappointing them, too. I’m back, I’m better, I’m sober, I haven’t touched a drug since I been home. I’m clear-headed and I’m a new person. I’m a new artist, man, but I’m still the voice of the streets, I’m still the voice of the nobodies.”
As for what he’s going to do to avoid a repeat of his arrest, Trel says he’s thinking through his moves now.
“The life lessons that I learned and took away from both my arrests is to take it slow, man. Make better decisions, you know what I’m sayin’? I feel like you gotta protect yourself no matter what, though, and you’d be crazy not to wanna protect yourself out in these streets, man. But you know, you just gotta make better decisions. I was wrong for what I did.
I should have had my firearms registered. It wasn’t no excuse why I couldn’t have had them registered, so I was wrong for that. But everything’s a learning lesson, I just learned to move smarter.”
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Check out the whole interview over at XXL. What do you think? Will Trel turn it around? Is he on the path to big-name stardom? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.