Trippie Redd’s debut mixtape, A Love Letter to You, was a shrill, agonized autopsy teenage love. Uninhibited histrionics and grandiose guarantees endlessly— a corpse that wouldn’t be left to relaxation. And it got here on the excellent second. Lil Uzi Vert had primed the radios for fried vocal melodies, and Trippie Redd’s dozens SoundCloud friends have been making emo angst palatable once more. What adopted was an ascent that, even by SoundCloud requirements, was explosive and unpredictable. By the tip the yr Trippie Redd had hopscotched from Internet hits with XXXTentacion, to radio hits with Travis Scott, to a tour with G-Eazy.
In the vacuum created by the deaths XXXTentacion and Lil Peep, Trippie Redd is maybe SoundCloud’s greatest crossover star. His debut album, Life’s a Trip, was an effort at consolidating that standing and at pushing the ascent even larger, although the scattered challenge instructed like he could be dropping inertia. Yet, simply three months since that challenge’s launch, Trippie Redd returns to snug type. He’s again with the candy, sugary melody and his concepts about love are unchanged.
This mixtape is opened by the current single “Topanga”, a tune whose upbeat, stagey manufacturing is reminiscent the Diplo-produced monitor, “Wish.” Thematically, “Topanga” is more true to Trippie Redd’s earlier model. Violence is a basic part to the romantic theses his Love Letter sequence, so it’s solely acceptable that he start the album with some harsh phrases for the numerous imagined and actual enemies that encompass him. The challenge regularly returns to that— violence and paranoia, a lot it rooted in love. As on the tune “Toxic Waste,” the place Trippie Redd implores for any bit intimacy, singing “Even although it isn’t wholesome/Won’t you assist me?”
Trippie Redd can’t appear to search out a solution to that ache: Is it his personal poisonous vitality, or these hoes, “Oh, these hoes.” On songs like “I Tried Loving” and “Negative Energy,” it’s largely the latter. And possibly as a result of turning the blame on conniving girls has all the time been essentially the most uninteresting custom rap music, Trippie Redd’s moments distrust rapidly develop into boring and shallow. Unlike visitor function Kodie Shane, who thoughtfully attributes her mistrust to the “demons following her]”, Trippie Redd’s efforts at self-reflection collapse to the unhappy picture a young person weltering in a haze medicine and alcohol.
It’s true, although, that an entire constellation ugly feelings encompass love. Trippie Redd’s ex-girlfriend gave him lots to be distrustful about when she publicly infected his beef with Tekashi 6ix9ine. And when Trippie Redd says, loudly and plainspoken, “I hate you, I hate you, bitch, however I like you, bitch,” on the mixtape’s central interlude, it’s troublesome to resolve how a lot is a commentary on these advanced feelings, and the way a lot is simply misogyny. A brief reply is that teenage love is loud, ten confused, and inelegant. Many the raps on this mixtape are constructed on a single verse and a refrain, capturing that circling insistent gyre ideas that eat an individual in heartbreak. The downside is that there are too many these tracks. The energy Trippie Redd’s music is that he can sing unironically about all of the tacky, tempestuous moods love evokes. His voice is all the time on the verge splitting open, so earnest that you may’t ignore the urgency, however he’s overdone that method on this mixtape to the purpose that he begins sounding like another whiny teenager. Brief, intense moments just like the tune “So Alive” salvage that melodrama. Over a Nellz beat woozy with unfavourable house, Trippie Redd describes a love so redeeming it could save him from suicidal urges, and so shifting that he would die for her. He trades mortality for mortality.
But as magical as love could be, additionally it is wounding and petty. And that’s the defining tone this mixtape. The eponymous monitor is not any love letter, it’s a sequence threats to Trippie Redd’s posers and challengers. What form love is outlined by its opposition?