Album Review | Trippie Redd – Life’s a Trip

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This album was released on August 10th this year. I’m not really looking forward to hearing this one to be honest. Trippie Redd is far from trash. He’s actually a decent rapper. I’ve heard a couple of his songs. He makes edgy music about doing drugs and being depressed. As someone who struggles with several mental illnesses, I gotta say I really don’t like this trend of new rappers constantly talking about… Well… I guess it’s not really a new thing. Rappers have been talking about drug abuse for decades. I just don’t like being reminded of my past mistakes, so it’s not really fun for me to hear about rappers killing themselves with drugs. Then again, I loved Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition, so maybe I’m full of shit right now. Yeah, forget everything I just said. It can be done well. Anyway, this is probably gonna be a chore to get through. I’ll try to keep an open mind though, as always.

1. Together produced by We Are the Stars

I’ve actually heard this song before. It’s over 2 and a half minutes of Trippie Redd moaning over an acoustic guitar. It doesn’t sound very appealing on paper, but I don’t really think it’s that bad. I mean, at no point does he say anything lyrically intriguing, but it’s decent sonically. It’s not really Rap. It’s like alternative, edgy sadboy shit. This sounds like something I’d listen to if I was still 10 years old. I’m not really sure if this can be classified as Hip Hop. It’s pretty much just a black guy doing alternative music. It’s not for me. It’s not really wack, but it’s definitely not good.

2. Taking a Walk produced by Scott Storch & Avedon

I’ve heard this one before too. It’s actually pretty dope. Again, fans of traditional Hip Hop likely won’t be able to get into this. Every line in the song is sung, and it honestly sounds kind of poppy. The lyrics reference suicide a lot, but it doesn’t really sound like a sad or dark song. The production’s not stopping me in my tracks, but it works. The catchy hook is the song’s main selling point in my opinion. It sticks in your head. There’s only one verse, and it sounds pretty good sonically. There’s a defensive line in which he refers to one of his enemies as a “chicken noodle ass nigga,” which is kind of interesting. The song’s only two minutes long, so he doesn’t really give the listener time to get bored. He kept it short and sweet, which was a good call. I fuck with the song. It’s dope.

3. Wish produced by Diplo, Boaz van de Beatz & Yoda Francesco

This song originally appeared on Diplo’s California EP. It’s the first song on the album that I haven’t heard before. Okay, I just sat through the first half of the song. It’s not bad. I’m kind of torn on it actually. It’s not really that bad of a track, but I don’t know if I’d ever come back to it. It’s basically emo Pop. It reminds me of XO TOUR LIF3, or maybe something XXXTENTACION would release. I can certainly see the appeal in a song like this. The melody is pretty catchy, and the layered harmonization sounds pretty cool. It’s really not bad. I like it more than the first song, and less than the previous one. It’s kinda dope.

4. Missing My Idols produced by OZ & Nik D

This track has a pretty good beat. Oh wow. He recycled the verse from his XXL Freshman Freestyle. I’m not surprised that he would do something like this to be honest. I don’t know if I’d call it “lazy.” Maybe he really thought it was some of the best shit he’s written, and that it just needed to be its own song. The hook sounds pretty good, but I can’t really say this is that great of a song. It’s got a really simplistic structure. The production’s pretty nice. This is another decent song. I don’t think it’s bad, but I won’t be listening to it again.

5. Forever Ever featuring Young Thug & Reese Laflare produced by Murda Beatz & G Koop

Young Thug’s vocals on the intro of this song actually sound really good, and the production’s pretty nice too. The hook’s pretty rough though. I’m not really feelin’ the first verse from Trippie Redd either. I guess it sounds good enough sonically, but the lyrics aren’t very good. I guess the lyrics aren’t supposed to be the main draw of a song like this. Young Thug’s verse was okay. Same goes for Reese Laflare. They all kinda have the same style, so there’s not much variation. It’s melodic mumble rap. This shit is kinda bad. I mean, the melody sounds good enough, and I like the production, but man… It’s just… I don’t know. It’s kinda like that song Take Kare by Young Thug. Their voices don’t sound bad, but the song as a whole just lacks something to keep it worth coming back to. I don’t really care for the content either.

Would you love me, forever ever baby?
Would you fuck me, forever ever baby?

This shit is wack to me. If you’re a fan of the new trend of rappers singing instead of rapping you’ll probably like this. It sounds like something my sister would listen to. I’m not feelin’ it.

6. Bird Shit produced by Wheezy & We Are the Stars

I’m not feelin’ this hook at all. The acoustic guitar driven production is nice though. This really just sounds like a Young Thug song. This shit is even wacker than the previous track to be honest. I like the pleasant beat, but that’s the only good thing about the song.

Shitty niggas, you some turds.

The chorus ends with what sounds like Trippie Redd attempting to recreate a bird call that he heard in his backyard. If you’ve ever heard one of those Young Thug tracks where it just sounds like a whale moaning, that’s pretty much what you’re gonna get with this song. I’m not feelin’ it at all. This is wack to me.

7. BANG! produced by OZ

This track is pretty rough. I like the production a lot, even though I think the percussion was spaced out a bit too much. I’m really getting tired of Trippie’s moaning vocals. I don’t like the hook at all. It’s pretty annoying. The song is more of the same shit I’ve been hearing on this album, except with a less focused structure. The production’s the only thing I like about this song. It’s not complete shit, but it’s definitely not good. This song is wack.

8. How You Feel produced by Austin Powerz, Pro Logic & Preme

This beat incorporates the electric guitar. It pretty much just sounds like a Rock instrumental. In fact, the entire track is basically a Rock song. There’s no percussion. The song features zero rapping. It’s just whiny singing over an electric guitar loop. I don’t really think this is that bad of a song, but just like with almost every other song on this album so far, there’s no replay value. The production could’ve used a bit more flavor. Maybe if they incorporated some other instrument besides the electric guitar it’d be a more interesting listen. The song is kind of bland as it is though. It’s not for me.

9. Dark Knight Dummo featuring Travis Scott produced by C-Note

I’m not really feelin’ this beat to be honest. It’s really loud. It bangs hard as hell. I don’t like it though. For the hook, Trippie recycled the melody from Fuck Love by XXXTENTACION. The only thing I liked about Trippie’s first verse was the Soul Calibur reference. It didn’t even really make that much sense though. It was lazy as hell.

I feel like Voldo; I’ll chop off your arms.

It’s a really random line. He could’ve chosen almost any character from the series. Travis Scott’s verse was really weak too. This is kind of disappointing. It’s the lead single from the album, so I was expecting it to be a little more enjoyable than this. It’s not complete trash, but I still didn’t really enjoy it at all. This is wack to me. The music video was kinda funny though.

10. UKA UKA produced by OZ

I’m not feelin’ the beat on this track at all. I really don’t like Trippie’s melodic delivery either. The hook is repetitive as hell. It’s not good. This is probably the wackest song on the album honestly. It’s thankfully under three minutes long. It doesn’t last too long. There’s not a single aspect of this song that I enjoyed even a little bit though. This shit is fuckin’ wack as hell.

11. Shake It Up produced by OZ & Wallis Lane

The beat on this track is a lot better. You can probably predict what this song is about just from the title. It’s yet another Hip Hop song about girls shaking their asses. He says “shake that pumpkin pie” in the hook, which I thought was kind of weird. One thing I’ve realized over the years is that rappers will literally use any food as a euphemism for a girl’s ass. Maybe that’s just people in general. Anyway, this is one of the shortest songs on the album. It’s not a good song at all, but it thankfully ends really quickly. It’s less than two minutes long. It’s wack though. I’m not feelin’ it.

12. Oomp’s Revenge produced by Beat Pusher

This beat is actually pretty different from everything else on the album. I can see The Game spitting over this beat. It reminds me of that song he dropped when his friend Frogg died. I can’t remember what it was called. Anyway, this song is dedicated to Trippie’s older brother, who unfortunately passed away. None of the bars really have anything to do with him though. It’s one of the only tracks where Trippie’s actually rapping instead of singing. It’s an okay song, but I’m never gonna listen to it again. It was nice to get some variation finally. It thankfully sounds different from almost everything else on the album.

13. Gore produced by OZ & Jacob Reske

This beat is really dope. The hook is annoying as hell though. I’m really tired of hearing Trippie’s whiny vocals. This is another really short track. It’s under three minutes long. A lot of the songs on this album have only one verse. If he trimmed the fat it probably could’ve been a solid EP. I have nothing to say about this track. It’s not very different from anything else on this album. The verse was full of uninteresting struggle bars. This shit is wack to me.

14. Underwater FlyZone produced by We Are the Stars

This is the longest song on the album. It’s what sounds like a super emotional breakup song. I’m not really feelin’ the production, but it’s not that bad. It didn’t need to be as long as it is. Again, I’m really tired of Trippie’s voice. This shit is emo as hell. Not in a good way though. It reminds me of this…

The whispering towards the end of the track was hard to take seriously. This shit is pure emo white boy music. I’m not feelin’ it.

This album is pretty fuckin’ bad. There were a couple songs that I liked, so this wasn’t a complete waste of time, but it was still pretty rough. It thankfully isn’t really that long. I probably won’t listen to any of Trippie Redd’s future releases unless I hear a single that I actually enjoy. As I said multiple times before, I don’t really care for Trippie’s whiny vocals. If you really loved the kinda music XXXTENTACION made, you might enjoy this. I just found a lot of what Trippie was doing to be annoying. There are only like two tracks where he actually raps, and they aren’t even that good. To me, there weren’t really any aspects of this album that were consistently good. It kinda seemed like he was getting lazy towards the end of the project since so many of the songs were under three minutes and had only one verse. Overall, this is a pretty wack album to me. I’m not feelin’ it.

Favorite Song: Taking a Walk
Least Favorite Song: UKA UKA




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