“A thug is someone who stands on his own. He lives by the decisions he makes and accepts the consequences. A thug is comfortable in his own skin. I wear mine like a glove.” 




The self-proclaimed "Mayor of Miami" Trick Daddy exploded onto America's pop culture landscape as one of the pioneers of Dirty South rap. His 2001 album, Thugs Are Us, established him, as one critic wrote, "alongside Ludacris and Mystikal as one of the few nationally championed Dirty South rappers, and catapulted him onto the playlist of every urban radio station in America, not to mention MTV." Widely credited with infusing hip hop with new life, he has been one of the most prolific southern talents since his introduction on Uncle Luke's timeless 1996 dance floor staple, "Scarred".​

"Trick is a South Florida product and has paid his dues to get to where he is... from making music to giving back to the community. We've all had some struggles along the way but Trick has persevered through it all. He has always showed me love and I'm proud to call him my homeboy."

- Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat Power Forward and Team Captian

Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, chronicles Trick Daddy’s story against the backdrop of Miami, the Magic City. Beginning in the McDuffie riots as the city burned with racial tension; it is an extraordinary story, of a childhood marked by poverty, a crime-laden adolescence, an incarceration, a meteoric rise to fame, and a struggle with a potentially fatal medical condition. It's the story of a boy whose father was a pimp; who, left to his own devices, learned to hustle to survive and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched playing his trade on the block. But while his story is remarkable, the most astonishing part is that he is not only still alive, but that he got out.

Magic City: Trials of a Native Son is the story of how that potent mixture of extremes, the dazzling beauty and glittering wealth of the Magic City, and the crime, the corruption and the despair playing out in its shadows gave rise to what has now become the most dominant sound in hip hop, in the process revitalizing a stagnant art form. MAGIC CITY, told in Peter Bailey's artful prose, is an ode to the city of Miami, a riveting tale of a paradise lost.

About the Authors

Trick Daddy is widely recognized as the greatest rap artist Florida had ever produced and one of the godfathers of Southern hip hop. His 2001 hit, “I’m a Thug” has been credited with infusing hip hop with new life. Blessed with the chameleon-like ability to flip from a booty-shakin’ party starter to insightful educator, Trick has been one of the most prolific southern talents since his introduction on Uncle Luke’s timeless 1996 dance floor staple, alongside the likes of T.I., Ludacris and Lil Wayne.  The former convicted felon and ex-drug dealer has engaged listeners worldwide by making the “thug life” relevant to audiences across racial and economic lines. 

Peter Bailey is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker, known for his critically acclaimed “NiteCap” conversation series. Before that Bailey worked as a staff writer for the Miami Herald, Time, Newsweek and The Village Voice. His recent film “Paradise Discovered: The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders” which is based on his now infamous New York Times Op Ed “Has America Forgotten the Virgin Islands”, took home top honors for best documentary at Toronto’s Caribbean Tales International Film Festival. Legacy Miami named him one of Miami’s most powerful and influential black business leaders in 2019.  

Product Details

Publisher: NiteCap Media, LLC

Publish Date: June 29, 2021

Program Type: Audiobook

Category: Non-fiction/Biography/Memoir/Music

Version: Unagbridged

Listening Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

Language: English

ISBN: 9781667019215

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