The DMV-based rapper — who was once part of Master P’s Louie V Mob — sat down with Adam22 on No jumper for an interview published on Saturday (January 21). When the former alliance came up, Fat Trel broke down how it held together — and how it all eventually fell apart.
Trel first explained how he got a call out of nowhere from Master P one day in 2012 asking him to be in a Menace II Society sequel he planned to make when he tried to buy the rights. P added that he would also bring rapper (and future Louie V Mob member) Alley Boy into the movie conversation, and that he would fly both Alley Boy and Trel out to Los Angeles for it.
Two weeks later they all met in LA and after talking about the film, Master P asked Trel to move there.
“[P] was like, “I need you to move out here.” So I look at my manager like “What?” He said, “Yeah, you know, just like a year or two.” I say, ‘Aight!’ And I’m young, man. I’m 22, 23 at the time. I don’t know anything about the cost of living. All that shit, grown up shit isn’t even in my mind. So I’m like whatever.
“He said, ‘I’ll give you x number of dollars a month,'” Trel continued. “I’m like, ‘Okay, cool!’ But when I moved there, the movie was never brought up.”
Instead, they continued to meet in the studio and make music.
“Alley Boy was really cool with the situation and I felt like we were shooting too much music because I’m like, we’re here for the movie, bruh,” Trel said. “I’ve been living here for about seven months, I haven’t started an acting class, we stopped talking about the scripts, the movie never came up. You know, we do video shoots and photo shoots and we got shirts printed that say Louie V Mob, and he calls us Louie V Mob, and outside of the money he paid me monthly, I received nothing for all the music I put out!”
He added: “That was the final straw [my boy] Black and them showed me one of them [Louie V Mob] albums were on iTunes. This was before Apple Music and Spotify and all that. The album was like for sale on iTunes.”
When an unnamed Pro Era member died, Trel went to New York for the funeral and decided not to return to LA – leaving all his belongings behind.
“I was looking for a deal or a big lump sum where I could take care of my family and be put in a situation where I could work and show how great an artist I can be,” explained Fat Trel. “And I felt that that situation didn’t give me that. And then when I left, I saw that he had done an interview with, for example, The Breakfast Club or something.”
“It was him and Alley Boy and they said, ‘Where’s Fat Trel?’ And Master P said something like, ‘Fat Trel, man, he had no patience. He didn’t believe what I was up to, and he was just trying to get a deal. Fat Trel just trying to sign a deal so he could get some money.’ I looked at it as if it was a form of disrespect.”
Trel went on to explain that he never bothered to talk to Master P about it all afterwards because he had no respect for him.
“I’m not calling his phone or anything,” Trel said. “I haven’t had any conversation with him or anything because I’ve been around P and I know the type of person he really is and if I respected him as a man I would have felt it one way or another. But being around him and knowing what type of n-gga he is, I just let it slide like fuck that shit. It’s not that serious and even if he lied – he lied to their faces – because there was never going to be a Louie V Mob. We were never meant to record a single record together. It wasn’t in the plans.”
Fat Trel would go on to sign to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in 2013 – which Master P later said it fit better for him than No Limit anyway, echoing similar sentiments from him Breakfast Club interview.
“Fat Trel is a good rap artist, but the No Limit Forever brand is about building entrepreneurs and business partners,” P said in a 2014 interview. “When I was around Fat Trel, he was busy getting a check and a record deal instead of being patient and building himself up to be a true boss. I even spoke to his manager and told him that this was not an overnight process.”
He also spoke about his initial relationship with Gleesh, saying that he treated him as a member of his movement, even without officially signing him.
“I went above and beyond for Fat Trel,” explained P. “I took him out of a negative environment, got him a safe place to live in Los Angeles, transportation, put money in his pocket, paid for his plane tickets and hotels team, got him exposure, put him on music with me and all without a contract just because I believed in the little homie.
“I told his mother that I would do my best to help him,” he continued. “I admit I was surprised when I heard he did a deal with Wale because I thought they didn’t like each other. But I wish him the best with MMG. I think it fits better him as an artist.”
Trel was released from prison in November after several years of being in and out of the system – arguably derailing his career. After his latest release, however, he vowed to stay out of the prison system and keep giving his fans new music.