Trippie Redd finds his new style in “Trip at Knight”

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Trippie Redd, the 22-year-old rapper, singer, and producer released his 18 track, fourth studio album Trip at Knight. On his new album, Trippie seems to have abandoned the melodic and emotional ballads that he originally gained popularity with and were featured on his last album “Pegasus”, for a new style that is comparative to his peers Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert. Despite this stylistic change, his new album has material that defies the hate it has received through various memes and tweets.  

 

Trip at Knight embraces a synth heavy and 8bit sounding production style that sounds like remixed start up sounds to 80s Atari games. This production style recently gained popularity in the mainstream rap world due to the widespread approval of tracks like “Miss the Rage” (Featuring Carti) and “Holy Smokes” (featuring Uzi) which were released before Trip at Knight. Following his new experimentation with this new production style, the internet was quick to create memes and TikTok’s that claimed “every song sounds the same” which, when listening, isn’t as apparent as the internet claims.  

 

Trippie also hosts a plethora of features, most notably, Drake, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Durk and the late Juice WRLD as well as XXXtentacion, among more artists. Despite the all-star lineup of household mainstream rap names, a majority of the features on the album are underwhelming and mediocre with the exceptions of Ski Mask the Slump God on “Demon Time” and Juice WRLD on “Matt Hardy 999.” These features shine especially due to their synergy with Trippie and ability to match the overall vibe of the tracks.  

 

Trippie personally shines on the new tracks “Molly Hearts” and “Supernatural” where he raps quick bars and repetitive hooks reminiscent of the “SoundCloud era” he found his popularity in, with booming 808s and kicks over his pinball game sounding synths. Trip at Knight is not an album that takes itself too artistically or stylistically serious, with bars about hotel manager Mr. Mosby from “A Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, various anime references and comparing himself to the 1800s gothic poet Edgar Allan Poe. It seems Trippie liked the praise and popularity that came from the tracks with Carti and Uzi and set out to create an album of hard bangers reminiscent of the style. Trippie blatantly conveys that these songs are simply meant to be hard, fun tracks.  

 

While having some misses like “Rich MF” and “Captain Crunch,” as these tracks deviate from the synth heavy production in preference of beats without this new sound which makes for a boring listen when compared to the other tracks. Despite this, Trippie has a moderate success rate of creating entertaining and head banging tracks to jump around to with your headphones on blast.  

While finding his footing in his newly found production and rap style Trippie delivers an overall 6/10 album on Trip at Knight.