With the new wave of genre-bending hip hop comes a lot of questions. Is the art moving in the right direction? Does it still touch base with why the movement began in the first place? Are we teaching the youth and uplifting the culture? Old vs. young energy can be explosive and is a cornerstone of the industry but it’s easy to get lost in the millions of new artists popping up everyday with less-than-original artistry to offer.
It’s easy to agree though that Trippie Redd is one of those young artists who’s doing it right. His energy, knowledge and most importantly sound are genre-defying, eclectic and real. For that, he’s respected by those that have paved the way for him beforehand, and the respect is mutual.
"I grew up listening to J. Cole, he's hard, one of the GOATs. He is a rapper, he gives you nothing but bars and lyrical play. I really appreciate him and f*ck with his music because he's doing something for the culture. I don't just listen to y'all other rappers, I play y'all songs like 3 times, the rest of the time I'm playing rap music, J. Cole.”
Trippie’s music is able to have two feet in different worlds. He knows and is inspired by the past, but is focused on pushing forward towards the future. He did after all grow up during what could arguable be called a golden-age for hip hop. "What made Watch The Throne so special? The king of New York and the king of Arts do a whole project together. Beat-wise, flawless, amazing. Wordplay - The king of New York, and the king of Arts going at it, and it's just crazy bro."