Trippie Redd is an consummate version of what new-age hip-hop looks and feels like. From his style, to the long dark-brown dreads hanging to his shoulders and on to the small, intricate red and black tattoos donning his face, he screams immortality. He’s slowly carving an entirely new lane in the hip-hop scene right now alongside innovators like XXXTentacion.
“Ever since we met, we had became super cool friends. Now that’s my best friend. He like my friend, my rival. He’s real as fuck, I don’t give a fuck what nobody say… Our energies are the same level.”
But just because his life is a whirlwind of epic promotion, and concerts alongside some of the industry’s leaders, he’s just a normal, down-to-earth artist that’s experiencing things like the rest of us.
“I done got hurt by shorties before, I was a sucka for love…” he says. “I can feel heartbroken, I never been really really heartbroken. You can hurt me more than I already been hurt. But if you do feel heartbroken, I make music for that. Always will vibe with you.”
He keeps his experiences close to his chest, for memory and for growth. Constantly evolving, Trippie keeps his mind focused on what’s important, all the while harnessing the energy from bad experiences and turning into love.
“The crosses are up, the black is good and the red is evil,” he says pointing to the tattoos on his fingers and hands. “Putting all the negatives and positives and keeping it balances. All the good and all the bad will combine all it’s energy into infinity. I just want the youth to live and be happy. I want everybody to wanna do something, be better, be successful and don’t fall under. There’s been multiple times I coulda fell under, and I didn’t. I kept myself up regardless of anything.”