In this week's Flyer, I profiled local rapper Don Trip, who signed to Interscope Records earlier this year and recently finished recording his debut album for the label, Help is on the Way.
But Trip has released an enormous amount of self-distributed mixtape music over the past year — by my rough count 8 full-length mixtapes since last August, along with several standalone singles. This is an awful lot of music to wade through, but I've given most of it a spin. If you're new to Trip and intrigued, here's an entry point — the track list with links for my own "Best of Don Trip" mix. (Needless to say most everything here is probably NSFW):
1. "Letter to My Son" (Crossface Crippler): The game-breaker. A breathtakingly raw and intimate piece of music.
2. "Halloween" (Terminator): Where Trip recounts the call from Diddy that came after "Letter to My Son" started to spread.
3. "Karate in the Garage" (Step Brothers): An early promo selection taken from the "Outtakes" of his recent mixtape collaboration with Nashville MC Starlito is probably the most purely entertaining thing on Step Brothers.
4. "Vent" (Terminator 2): A soulful highlight from Trip's best mixtape. Lyric sample: "Trying to keep my folks out the motherfuckin' MIFA/I'm the sole provider."
5. "Power Trip" (Human Torch 2): Trip puts his spin on Kanye West's "Power" track.
6. "Feelin' My Style" (Terminator 2): A Terminator 2 "deep cut" that just makes the mix.
7. "Life" (Step Brothers): The first "single" from Step Brothers.
8. "I'm On One" (Terminator 2): Trip's laconic rhyme tour-de-force over DJ Khaled's beat.
9. "Clown" (Human Torch 2): Braggadocious "gangsta rap." Conventional but sharp.
10. "Monster" (YouTube?): Not sure where this is available for download, but one of the best older tracks I've hunted down.
11. "I'ma Quit" (single): Standalone release from this May.
12. "4th Song" (Step Brothers): Step Brothers highlight. Trip and Starlito play body-switch on the video.
13. "Feelin' Like Mike" (Terminator 2): Probably my favorite Don Trip recording so far, his deepest music since "Letter to My Son" — and even more novel.
14. "Finale" (single): I'll put this ace single exactly where he asks.