A New Release from Trippie Redd

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By: Jackson Katz

On November 9, 2018, Michael Lamar White IV, also known as, Trippie Redd released A Love Letter to You 3 continuing his A Love Letter to You series and his eighth mixtape overall.

Trippie Redd is making big waves in the music industry as a 19-year-old scoring No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums on Billboard.com.

Life’s a Trip was released August 10, 2018, featuring hit stars such as Travis Scott which only amounted No. 22 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums on Billboard. After listening to the album multiple times, I would say that this album describes Trippie Redd’s complex emotions surrounding love through a terrific sixteen song R&B/Emo rap album.

The album is all about Trippie Redd and his complex relationships with the women in his life. He cannot seem to find the answer to his problems; is it his own toxic habits or the women in his life?

I love this album because of the way he self-reflects rather than throwing shade toward the women in his life as he realized that isn’t the way to find his answers. The project speaks on his violence and paranoia which dawns from love and finding a way to forgive his deepest enemies. The songs Toxic Waste, Negative Energy, Can’t love, and Love Scars 3 progress into depth as he searches for the answer to his problems. The chorus in Toxic Waste sings “Yeah, won’t you help me?/I need help please, I need some more love/Yeah, won’t you help me?/This not healthy, but I need some more love.”

In the song Can’t love Trippie raps the chorus “She say she love me, I think she love me not/She say she love me, I know she love me not/She say she love me, love, love, love, love.”

In order to understand these verses listening to these songs is the best way to understand his message. Trippie Redd’s unique voice helps to display his message of love and pain throughout the project.

This project relates to many students as teenage love is often difficult, confusing, and never perfect. Overall, I thought this album was his best yet, as he keeps improving his vocals and lyrics as well as continuing to create relatable music. I can’t wait to hear more from this young talented artist.

 

Sources Used:

https://genius.com/album_cover_arts/280745

https://genius.com/albums/Trippie-redd/A-love-letter-to-you-3