Trae Tha Truth knows the harsh realities of the streets. His latest visual, “Children of Men,” features an opening verse from J. Cole and a powerful chorus from singer/songwriter Ink.
“The storyline is about a kid that came from an orphanage, just dealing with life, getting caught up, dealing with the pressure, and at the end the pressure becomes so much that he kills himself,” Trae tells Complex.
“These stories happen multiple times when you come from the struggle, so it was real relatable, and that’s why the story was told so well.”
The video single is a stand-out from 2015’s Tha Truth album, which was followed by Tha Truth 2 earlier this month. Trae’s hustle doesn’t stop there – the Texas legend been an active part of his community for years, hosting the annual Trae Day in Houston, which he’s been officially recognized for by the city.
The FADER-debuted Tha Truth 2 album boasts a wide range of features from bonafide superstars Wiz Khalifa, T.I., and Rick Ross to street rap vets like Yo Gotti to top notch newcomers such as Watch the Duck and Quentin Miller. Trae Tha Truth also has his TRAE cartoon series, which is currently in its third season and airing via Fuse TV’s Explicit Language, with recent episodes featuring cameos from rappers Paul Wall and Snoop Dogg as well as comedian Lil Duval.
In an interview with XXL, Trae revealed that he remarkably has more than 1,700 unreleased songs recorded, adding:
“When it comes to music, I never face challenges. I tell people all the time when I do my music it’s just me venting. I’m not going in there to make a certain type of record, or make a certain song, or catch up with a fad that everyone is doing. I just go in there and do me. Music probably be the least of my problems.”
Fans can catch Trae Tha Truth on his Truth Tour, which concludes in Texas later this month.
Watch the video for “Children of Men” below, and download the entire album via iTunes now.