Trippie Redd surprises us with “Hate Is Dead,” a nine-track project that will give you flashbacks to his heydey.
3. I Got Game
The only thing missing from “I Got Game” is a Ray Allen verse.
First and foremost, let me get this out of the way: My favorite beat on this mixtape is the one that powers “I Got Game.” That s**t has a nice tempo and these irresistibly gritty vibes attached to it. Do I love the random-ass lyrics that Trippie Redd hits us with? No, but I do enjoy how he approached the song with this sly/carefree style. All in all, I think “I Got Game” is too trill to ignore.
2. So Thankful
Trippie Redd talks major s**t in “So Thankful.”
Who the f**k drank Trippie Redd’s apple juice? In “So Thankful,” he talks about not having friends, putting prices on folks’ heads, and having choppers in his vans. Honestly, I love it when Trippie sounds aggravated; especially when he sounds aggravated over beats that sound like they sniffed magic markers and don’t want to eat their vegetables.
1. Fire In My Heart
Trippie Redd opens up this mixtape with the very dynamic “Fire In My Heart.”
Is there anything better than a version of Trippie that is violent, gnarly, calm, and rebellious? In “Fire In My Heart,” over two beats (A bouncy/zany beat and a chill/slow-moving beat), Trippie hits us with laidback deliveries and lyrics that showcase his willingness to get lit, petty, braggadocios, and rowdy in any given situation. If you are a fan of Trippie’s old s**t, I guarantee that this track will strike a chord with you.
SONG BY SONG RATING
1. Fire In My Heart (4/5)
2. Ready For Love (3/5)
3. So Thankful (4/5)
4. Red Line (3/5)
5. Throw It Up (3/5)
6. I Got Game (4/5)
7. Mud (4/5)
8. Forever Young (4/5)
9. Hate (2/5)
There’s been so much talk about Trippie Redd returning to his old ways in his music as of late. While I’ve heard glimpses of the old Trippie these last couple of years, I think his old self makes a full appearance on this mixtape.
Strangely, I think that Trippie Redd’s music is great when it sounds low quality (Is that not the biggest contradiction in American civilization?). When he keeps his hooks simple, doesn’t really stick to a particular topic, and does work over beats that sound like they were made by 15-year old junkies, he is at his finest. I thought Trippie did some of that in Trip At Knight, but in Hate Is Dead, he does all of that. True Trippie fans, Merry Christmas!
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.