When You’re a Thug, you don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re“… All jokes aside, the story of rapper Tru Life is a sad one. The Puerto Rican MC from New York got his start in 1999/2000 with the single “When Your a Thug” featuring Queens legends Prodigy of Mobb Deep and Kool G Rap. The beat is credited to Mojoe, Tru-Life, and Alchemist. Not sure who did what, but the beat sounds like all Alchemist to me. His debut album was supposed to drop in 2001, but due to label issues, I’m not sure it was ever released.
Years later, Tru Life landed an audition with Jay-Z and was signed to Roc-a-Fella records for reported $1 million+. Unfortunately, in 2009 Tru-life got into some legal trouble (i.e. stabbing someone). He was sentenced to 8 years in prison. His parole hearing is in 2016. I’m not sure if he’s still signed to the Roc, but at this point, I doubt it. Regardless, check out his first single featuring a vintage Alc beat.