Upon asking Trippie Redd to invite me into his world, he responds, “I just be on my own shit” and for once, it makes sense. Born Michael Lamar White of Canton, Ohio, Trippie Redd has carved out an indelible niche for himself, be it his persona, style, or musicality.
Infusing both emo sensibilities and ingenuity into a sea of synthesizers and distorted bass, Redd draws a lot of his inspiration from an enchanting blend of R&B, emo-trap, and shock rock, making him one of hip-hop’s most versatile and creatively daring artists.
A product of the SoundCloud era – best known for being the platform that compelled artists to experiment at the edge of conventional rap norms – Redd catapulted onto the scene with his debut mixtape in 2017, capturing the attention of all. The common denominator, you may ask? Heartfelt ballads that illuminated daily struggles relatable to most.
“I wanted to make people understand my music, what I was doing and how I was doing it.”
At the dawn of a brand-new year, Trippie Redd intends to maintain his upward trajectory, advocating for a generation accustomed to flamboyance, individuality, and boundary-blurring dichotomy. And yes, it’s a Trippie Redd world and we’re just living in it.
Invite us into the world of Trippie Redd. What’s It like there?
I feel like I’m on my own shit, I be myself every day. I feel happy.
Quarantine was a weird time in life, frustrating for some, adventurous for you. You made your acting debut during an episode of Lil Dicky’s ‘Dave’. How did that come about?
Honestly, he reached out to my peoples and asked if I wanted to be on there and I said of course. I thought it was dope, it was fire.
Has having this approach ever compromised your relationship with your inner self and mental health?
Sometimes, shits hard – when you’re trying to find yourself and you want to explore and do things in a different way. It can be stressful and sometimes a headache but it’s about really getting over a gap between space and your music and your mind. When you find that, and you elevate, it’s like an inner-self accomplishment. Just for yourself.
Is having family around you and your circle something you find important? For example – onset here, you have your nephew filming this behind-the-scenes.
Honestly, it’s really important to me. People like my friends and my nephew, they keep me striving. They make me want to do stuff because sometimes I don’t want to. They help stir my mind to where I make positive and well-made decisions. It’s good to keep them around.
Here’s a hard question. Top 3 Rap Albums of all time?
Drake – Nothing Was The Same, Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III, Playboi Carti – Whole Lotta Red
Top 3 Rock Albums of all time?
Trying to think of albums is hard. I don’t really listen to a body of rock music. I’m more so a fan of the songs. I go through albums and listen to like two, three songs. I honestly take a liking to a sound of rock, the punkier sound. The softer type, I don’t know – like loud – but the voice is soft. Those are the type of rock stars I fuck with when it comes to rock music.
How would you describe your personal style characteristics?
I just express myself to the fullest. I wear my heart on my sleeve.
Do you have a favourite tattoo?
The 14 in the middle of my head, it’s my first ever tattoo.
December 9th has been declared as Juice Wrld Day. Juice was an incredible individual who is missed by many. How can we celebrate his memory?
Honestly, celebrating his life and how he lived. Carrying on his life with his music, paying attention to what is dropped. It’s everything he wanted people to hear. He had the best fans in the world. He wanted to be a Rockstar; he didn’t care about shit.
Finally, what has this year got in store for Trippie Redd?
More music. For sure! Music. Music. Music.