Trippie Redd – MANSION MUSIK (Album Review)
It’s a Trippie party in “MANSION MUSIK.”
Trippie gets trippy ’til the cows come home in “MANSION MUSIK.”
Honorable Mention. SWAG LIKE OHIO PT. 2 (Ft. Lil B)
Does Ohio have a new anthem? I think so (Move over “Wild Boy” by Machine Gun Kelly)! For the music video to this song, I can picture a 50 feet Trippie Redd stomping on buildings like Snoop Dogg did in his “New York, New York” video from 1995. The song just feels like some mighty Godzilla s**t. The beat (Which sounds like some 2008 Rick Ross s**t) will make you want to headbutt the Devil, and both Trippie Redd and Lil B’s (Yes, Lil B from Berkeley, California) feverish deliveries and competitive/braggadocios lyrics will make you want to pour piping hot gravy on an opp. S**t, now that I think about it, Ohio is not that far from Chiraq, right?
5. FULLY LOADED (Ft. Future & Lil Baby)
Trippie Redd brings Lil Baby and Future into his video game-like world in “FULLY LOADED.”
Gunna’s ex-friends, Lil Baby and Future, are practically on every single hip-hop album that comes out these days. Most of the time, they are featured in songs that sound like some unadulterated trap s**t; in “FULLY LOADED,” Trippie and Keef force them to hop on some uptempo, trap Streets of Rage s**t. The good news is this: Baby and Future sound pretty solid in the song. I like how the latter flows over the beat, and I like how the former comes across like a dude that knows how to operate under the influence of Hookah, alcohol, magic markers, and the Itis.
4. MUSCLES (Ft. Lil Durk)
Lil Durk’s verse on “MUSCLES” might be my favorite on this album.
Actually, both Trippie Redd and Lil Durk go ham, cheese, and whatever condiment you like to add to your sandwiches here. While Trippie literally sounds like a dude who got drunk with his four different personalities, Durk sounds almost identical to how he sounded on his classic verse from Pooh Shiesty’s “Back In Blood” hit. This song might be my personal favorite, y’all.
3. ATLANTIS (Ft. Chief Keef)
Chief Keef has come back from the dead more times than Carole Baskin’s husband.
I bet tons of people will be surprised to find out that Chief Keef is the executive producer of this album. I’m not surprised because it features a bunch of Chief Keef-like beats. Matter of fact, “Atlantis” is one of the best songs on this album because it feels the Keefest of them all. Trippie and Keef’s rebellious lyrics about playing dominoes in traphouses, curving musty chicks, and wanting to be tested like SATs just give me Finally Rich vibes. Additionally, Trippie’s carefree and unbothered tone throughout the song gives me flashbacks to his early s**t.
2. KRZY TRAIN (Ft. Travis Scott)
If the mixing on this song was better, this could’ve won the top spot (Travis Scott’s verse sounds like it was recorded through Kevin McCalister’s TalkBoy).
I’m not sure you are supposed to listen to this song without taking some kind of substance. For starters, the track boasts this edgy beat that is so strong, your speakers will not be able to keep up with it. The song also features everything from high-pitched to roaring to intoxicating vocals from both Trippie Redd and Travis Scott. As for lyrically, the two artists talk about turning venues up and loving the game plus everything that comes with it. While I don’t quite love the audio quality attached to the song, I do f**k with how catchy the hook sounds.
1. KNIGHT CRAWLER (Ft. Juice WRLD)
When the world ends, I would love to hear a Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd collaboration album.
I have to get this out of the way immediately: How the hell does Juice WRLD’s music still sound so damn modern? Was he really that far ahead of his time? In “KNIGHT CRAWLER,” I feel like Juice’s contributions click with me so much, it literally feels like he made the song a few days ago. In particular, I love how he switches between sounding numb, turned the f**k up, and ready to slap the nearest person to him (Which theoretically would’ve been Trippie. OK, we don’t want that). Believe it or not, Trippie is the one that sounds slightly subdued in the song. Even though he has his moments in which he gets violent, for the most part, he relies on consistent flows to kill s**t. All in all, “KNIGHT CRAWLER” is a lot of fun to listen to.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. MANSION MUSIK (4/5)
2. ATLANTIS (Ft. Chief Keef) (4/5)
3. PSYCHO (Ft. Future) (4/5)
4. FULLY LOADED (Ft. Future & Lil Baby) (4/5)
5. KNIGHT CRAWLER (Ft. Juice WRLD) (4.5/5)
6. VAN HELSING (3.5/5)
7. DARK BROTHERHOOD (Ft. LIl Baby) (4/5)
8. FREE RIO (4/5)
9. KRZY TRAIN (Ft. Travis Scott) (4/5)
10. MUSCLES (Ft. Lil Durk) (4/5)
11. GOODFELLAS (Ft. Nardo Wick) (2.5/5)
12. KILLIONAIRE (4/5)
13. HIGH HOPES (Ft. BIG30) (3.5/5)
14. DIE DIE (Ft. LUCKI) (3/5)
15. WHO ELSE! (Ft. Rich The Kid) (3/5)
16. BIGGEST BIRD (Ft. Summrs) (4/5)
17. HIDEOUT (Ft. Fijimacintosh) (3.5/5)
18. WITCHCRAFT (Ft. Rylo Rodriguez) (3.5/5)
19. TOILET WATER (Ft. Ski Mask The Slump God) (3.5/5)
20. PURE (Ft. G Herbo) (3.5/5)
21. ROCK OUT (Ft. Chief Keef) (3/5)
22. ARMAGEDDON (Ft. Rob49) (3.5/5)
23. NUN (Ft. DaBaby) (3.5/5)
24. SWAG LIKE OHIO PT. 2 (Ft. Lil B) (4/5)
25. COLORS (Ft. Kodak Black) (4/5)
Honestly, I’m tired of saying Trippie Redd is back. Every single time I hear a new album from him, I just assume that he found his groove again. With that being said, if I’m being completely honest with you, the sound that you get from Trippie Redd throughout MANSION MUSIK is my favorite (Yep, that negro Trippie Redd is back).
In my opinion, Trippie Redd is at his best when he raps like a bad-ass kid that doesn’t want to eat his vegetables. The good news is that you get that exact version of Trippie throughout MANSION MUSIK, and I think that’s mainly because he is hooked up with these low-quality, tumultuous rage beats that would make anyone want to hop on tables and cuss out someone who doesn’t deserve to be cussed out (Like a Dentist). I also like how Trippie establishes his dominance lyrically on nearly every song, sounding like a demented gangsta that isn’t scared to shoot first or smash a chick that is not his. I legit think that his performances on this album are great (BTW, Trippie might have the most savage lyrics on the block).
Now, I know what you’re thinking: The main reason people will listen to this album is that it features every booming artist in the world. Yes, there’s some truth to that, but I think the way Trippie sets the tone for nearly every song should not be ignored. You also have to appreciate how Trippie forces every single guest artist to enter his ‘trippy’ world. Now that I gave Trippie his flowers, kudos must go to Future for his dope performances on “FULLY LOADED” and “PSYCHO,” kudos must go to Lil Durk for his fire verse on “MUSCLES,” flowers must go to Juice WRLD for his outstanding performance on “KNIGHT CRAWLER,” kudos must go to Travis Scott for his verse on “KRZY TRAIN,” and MAJOR KUDOS must go to Chief Keef for helping construct the album as a whole. Shame on whoever mixed the album (I have a feeling Chief Keef mixed this s**t, so he is back at square one when it comes to receiving flowers).
So, after all my raving, why did I give this album a C? Because I think it features way too many throwaways. No offense, but I’m not trying to hear songs like “WITCHCRAFT,” “WHO ELSE!,” or “GOODFELLAS.” They aren’t bad, they are just blah. With that being said, there are expected to be plenty of throwaways when an album has 25 full-length tracks. Don’t let my grade fool you, I do highly recommend you listen to this album. It might be one of my favorite Trippie projects in a while… Or ever.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.