This mixtape was released on November 9th this year. I’m not a fan of Trippie Redd. I didn’t care for his debut album that dropped earlier this year, Life’s a Trip. However, I have enjoyed a few of his songs before in the past. I’m not really expecting this project to be that good, but I’m sure there’ll be a decent handful of songs that I like. I’ve heard the lead single, and I actually like it, so that’s a good sign. I’m expecting this to be better than his album to be honest.
1. Topanga produced by Chopsquad DJ
Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed this track. The production sounds kinda like something I’d hear in a church. This is probably the best song I’ve ever heard from Trippie Redd. It’s really not that great lyrically, but Trippie’s delivery is just really awesome. The way he’s kinda singing each line sounds really fuckin’ good. There’s only one verse, and none of the lines are really that good. I like the way he ends each line the same way though. It’s so dope sonically that I don’t mind the underwhelming lyrics. Again, it’s probably the best song I’ve ever heard from Trippie Redd. I think it’s dope af.
2. Fire Starter featuring Emani22 produced by C-Note & Tony Trouble
The production on this track isn’t bad, and I think Trippie sounds pretty good singing the hook. It sounds like his voice is straining a little bit, but it’s not too bad. The first verse is super underwhelming. It’s only about 8 bars, and none of the lines are anything special. Oh. That’s it. There’s no second verse. It’s a pretty short song. I definitely enjoyed the song to some extent, but it seems a little underwritten. He could’ve at least made the verse a little longer. I enjoyed the song, but it’s nowhere near as good as the previous track. I think it’s solid though. The featured artist just provided some background vocals, which were fine. I was entertained by this. It’s kinda dope.
3. Toxic Waste produced by Diplo & King Henry
Trippie Redd sounds pretty good singing the hook on this song. The lyrics on this track are really dark. It’s about being in a toxic relationship with somebody. I think he did it pretty well. This isn’t really a Hip Hop song though. He’s singing the entire time. The song features zero rapping. I kind of enjoyed Trippie’s singing on the chorus, but I don’t think I’ll be coming back to this song. I liked the dark lyrics though. It’s a decent song. It just lacks replay value for me.
4. Negative Energy featuring Kodie Shane produced by Staccato
The beat on this track is really dope. The first verse from Trippie Redd in which he says he’s gonna take his bitch to Mickey D’s isn’t that good. It’s not bad enough to ruin the song for me though. The hook is kinda dope. The second verse is pretty bad though.
Bitch, I’m the shit like my butt stink
He goes on to describe a disgusting woman who he thinks has crabs. I’m not really sure how that reference to Humpty Dumpty relates to the rest of the verse. It seems like he just randomly put that line in there because he needed something to rhyme with the rest of the verse. Kodie Shane sounded pretty good on her verse. She definitely did better than Trippie Redd. I like the production on this track, and the hook is kinda catchy, but the verses ruin the song for me. I won’t be coming back to it. It’s decent though.
5. Can’t Love produced by OZ
I like the guitar driven production on this track. I’m starting to get tired of Trippie Redd’s vocals though. The hook isn’t really that good to me, and I didn’t care for the verse either. It’s a pretty simplistic song structurally. There’s just one verse sandwiched between two recitals of the hook. It’s not very good. This is definitely my least favorite track on the project so far. Nothing about it really stands out in a good way aside from the production. I’m not ever gonna listen to it again. It’s mediocre to me.
6. Love Scars 3 produced by OZ & Jacob Reske
I really wasn’t expecting this song to be good because I hated the first two songs in the Love Scars series. I actually kinda like this one though. The production is honestly really awesome. I love how sad it sounds. The song is really short. It’s just over two minutes long. It feels kind of underwritten. Just like with the previous track, there’s only one verse, and it’s pretty shitty to be honest. Trippie Redd seems like a super lazy songwriter. I understand that nobody’s really coming to him for his lyrics though. From what I can tell, the appeal of Trippie Redd is in his vocal performances and beat selections. That’s what I like about this song. I think this is dope.
7. A.L.L.T.Y. 3 featuring Baby Goth produced by OZ & Dez Wright
The beat on this song is kinda cool. I’m not really feelin’ the hook though. The first verse from Trippie didn’t do anything for me either. I didn’t like the guest verse from that Baby Goth person. I just listened to the entire song. This might actually be the worst song on the project so far. I don’t like anything about it. The production’s kinda good, but other than that this is a super underwhelming song. You’d think he’d put a little more effort into the title track. I’m not feelin’ this one. It’s mediocre to me.
8. Emani Interlude featuring Emani22 produced by Foreign Teck, Tariq Beats & OZ
This is a song performed by Emani22, and honestly it’s one of the best songs on the project so far. It has the best production on the entire mixtape, and Emani sang her ass off. I don’t really care for the lyrics, but sonically this song is really good. I don’t really have any problems with it. It’s dope.
9. Elevate & Motivate featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Nel-Denarro produced by OZ & krischordz
I’m not really feelin’ the piano driven production on this track to be honest. The piano is my favorite instrument, but it doesn’t sound like it’s being played well on this track. The first few lines from NBA YoungBoy on the first verse were decent. Trippie’s verse was fine. The hook isn’t really that good to me. Nel-Denarro’s verse didn’t do anything for me either. This is an okay song I guess. It’s not good enough for me to wanna listen to it again, but I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s just not really doing anything for me. It’s okay though.
10. I Tried Loving produced by Icon South
The production on this track is actually really nice, and the hook is pretty catchy too. The first verse isn’t that great, but it’s not terrible. I mean, it’s not really bad enough to ruin the song. The same thing can be said about the second verse. Honestly, the melody of the hook got kinda old to me by the time the song was over. I still think I enjoyed the song overall though. It’s definitely not one of my favorite tracks, but I was definitely entertained by it to some extent. It’s dope to me.
11. Wicked produced by OZ
The beat on this song is pretty dope. I don’t care for the repetitive hook from Trippie Redd though. It’s pretty annoying. Just like with the previous few songs, the actual verses on this track are super underwhelming. I just listened to the entire song. This one isn’t very good to me. The only aspect of this track that I can get behind is the production. OZ did a pretty good job. The hook is way too repetitive for me though, and the verses just aren’t good. I’m really starting to get tired of Trippie Redd’s voice. This shit is mediocre to me.
12. Loyalty Before Royalty produced by Rex Kudo & OZ
I actually really like the guitar driven production on this track. I can’t stand Trippie’s high pitched vocals on this track though. His singing is just really grating to me. There’s only one verse on this track, and it’s not good. The lyrics have pretty much nothing to do with what the song’s supposed to be about. In the hook he’s singing about having loyal friends, and in the verse he’s talking about how he took his bitch to Berri’s and got her some lobster. This is one of the worst songs on the project so far. I like the production, but Trippie’s singing was pretty awful on this track. I’m not feelin’ this one. It’s wack to me.
13. 1400 / 999 Freestyle featuring Juice WLRD produced by OZ & Pas Beatz
I just listened to this entire track. It’s okay. The production is decent, and Juice WRLD delivered one of the better verses on the project so far. That really isn’t saying much though because the verse still kinda sucks. The only reason I say it’s better than most of the other verses on the project so far is because he had a slightly more aggressive flow than Trippie Redd. I’m not gonna be listening to this song again. I don’t like the melodic delivery they had on the verse, and none of the lyrics are actually good. This song kinda sucks. I’m gonna go easy on it though. This shit is just okay to me.
14. So Alive produced by Goose the Guru & Nellz
I really like the production on this track, but Trippie’s singing sounds fucking awful. This is a really short love song. This might actually be my least favorite song on the entire project so far. I didn’t enjoy a single aspect of Trippie’s performance on this song. He tried to sing in a lower register than usual, and it didn’t turn out well at all. There’s only one verse, and it’s just a few lines long. It’s not good. I’m not feelin’ this shit at all. This shit is wack to me.
15. Diamond Minds featuring Tory Lanez & Elliott Trent produced by 808-H & Elliott Trent
The beat on this track is kinda cool. I’m not really a fan of Trippie’s singing on the first few lines of this song though. Elliott Trent comes in right behind him and starts singing. He’s a much more talented vocalist than Trippie Redd. His verse is fine I guess. Tory Lanez comes in behind him for the final verse, which is decent. There’s no hook or anything like that. They all just sing a verse one after another. I didn’t really enjoy this song personally, but I don’t think it’s that bad. Nothing about it really stands out in a good way though. The production’s kinda cool, but other than that this song doesn’t do anything for me. I won’t be listening to this again. It’s fine though.
16. Camp Fire Tale produced by We Are the Stars
The production on this track is pretty nice, but Trippie’s singing on the hook sounds really off-key. It’s not much better on the actual verse either. None of the lyrics really stand out in a good way. The song’s pretty short. I’m not really feelin’ it at all. I like the production, but Trippie’s singing sounds really bad on this track. This shit is wack to me.
This album is okay I guess. It’s definitely better than his actual album that released earlier this year. I still wouldn’t call this good though. The songwriting on this project feels really lazy. I don’t think there’s a single good lyric on this mixtape. As I said earlier in this review, I think the appeal of Trippie Redd is in his production choices and vocal performances. However, his voice starts sounding kind of stale after a few tracks. A lot of the hooks sound a little too similar in my opinion. This is a very flawed project. There are a decent handful of enjoyable songs on it though, so it’s not complete trash. I’m glad I gave Trippie Redd another chance because this is much better than Life’s a Trip.
Favorite Song: Topanga
Least Favorite Song: So Alive