Trippie Red Proves So-Called Mumble Rappers Can Be Lyrical Too (Audio)

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Earlier this month, Canton, Ohio rapper Trippie Redd released his debut album, Life’s A Trip. The 14-song offering is the most complete body of work from the artist known for assisting the late XXXTentacion (on “F*ck Love”) and dropping 2017’s “Dark Knight Dummo” with Travis Scott. He won over the masses with two installments of his A Love Letter To You mixtapes. Reaching #4 on the charts this month, Trippie is winning. He is also easy for Rap purists to lump in with the so-called “Mumble Rap” movement. However, like XXX’, the 19-year-old born Michael White, IV has moments where he shows that he is part of the proud Rap tradition of spitting bars. “Missing My Idols” is a cogent song for 2018. The chorus alone packs punch: “But nowadays I really miss my f*cking idols / So that’s the title / I grab a Bible / Pray for my rivals / Dead on arrival, I swear this sh*t to me like a cycle / Bodies in piles, blood rivers resemble Nile / They need survival, they need to rehearse a recital,” he raps, while holding on to nostalgia through old Lil Wayne songs.

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The second verse in the 2:26 song follows suit. “You see I can’t ignore it / And you ni**as don’t see it’s in your brain to snore / And you sleep on me until you can’t no more / And don’t fake on me and try to play the boy / I don’t know why I feel like nobody loves me / Or why they feel like my intention’s something ugly / Or why I feel like everyone needs something from me / Or why I feel like everyone just saying f*ck me / Or why I feel like the opposition gon’ buss me / If I gave you my heart would you still love me / Lately, baby, I feel like nobody trust me.” Redd does not use a big vocabulary to transmit relatable ideas across. One of Rap’s reigning stars finds the pocket and writes raps that Heads can relate to. Regardless of what voices we idolize, chances are we miss the way they made us feel at one time. Like moments by XXXTentacion, Gucci Mane, and Lil Yachty, this shows that plenty of artists labeled as “Mumble Rappers” are doing anything but.

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In addition to some Trippie Redd bars, the playlist features recent music from Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Miller, Buddy, Missy Elliott, Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes, Buddy, Childish Gambino, Drake, Nas, Jay Rock, Westside Gunn, Kanye West & Kid Cudi, Pusha-T, Black Thought & 9th Wonder, Dave East, Royce 5’9 (and his group PRhyme), Dr. Octagon, Phonte, J. Cole, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Black Milk, Eminem, Lute, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Brent Faiyaz, Freddie Gibbs, CyHi The Prynce, Saba, Rapsody, Sylvan LaCue, Evidence, Big K.R.I.T., Nipsey Hussle, and a host of others.