On Eminem's song "Without Me," Obie Trice spits, "Obie Trice / Real name, no gimmicks." When it comes to the Detroit native, that quote is very accurate. The former Shady Records artist turns 38 years old today (Nov. 14).

At his peak, Obie Trice was a signee to Shady Records when it was one of the most lyrically potent cliques of the millennium. While 50 Cent and Eminem were already full-fledged stars, Obie Trice had a more underground sensibility to him.

This didn't stop him from selling records on a massive scale. His debut album, Cheers, sold 2 million copies worldwide. "Snitch" featuring Akon, from his second album Second Round's On Me, was good enough to land him a cameo appearance on CBS' hit forensic drama CSI.

Obie Trice's career hit a dry point as Eminem hit his late-aughties hiatus. As a result, he left Shady Records and started releasing albums on his own label called Black Market Entertainment. His last two albums, Bottoms Up and The Hangover, were overlooked commercially and critically, but there should be some hidden gems on them.

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