March 4th grabs LA legend 2Mex and a beat from TOPE for “New World War” directed by Tom Boykin. Check out more of TOPE’s production below, all available for purchase.
Jon Belz has been one of my favorite Portland rappers for a while, so we were definitely overdue for a song together. Thank you to Bobby Jones of Hip Hop Junkies for making this happen over a monster track from PDX producer Trox, plus a dope hook from Felicia Taylor. Also shout out to We Out Here Magazine for the premiere!
TOPE*/CHAMPAGNE 4 TANKS are now available for order in Black on White + Gold on Black, just in time for the heat!
PURCHASE-> TOPE/CHAMPAGNE 4 TANK
Fresh off his B-Side EP, CHICKEN WINGS AND ICE CREAM CONES and a #5 nomination for the FRESHEST IN THE NW list, TOPE hit the studio last night and decided to let another free song go. This time covering Ty Dolla $ign and Dom Kennedy’s 2morrow – TOPE catches you up to speed with the last 6 months and reminds you take some time to appreciate the now.
Broke Boy Syndrome coming soon!
“Making his first appearance on the Freshest in the Northwest list at an impressive spot of #5 is Portland artist Tope. The rapper has been busier than ever having recently finished the run of his EP Trouble Man, released a group album with his group TxE called Vs. Portland, and at the time the panel was filmed had just released another EP entitled Chicken Wings & Ice Cream Cones to tease us for his full-length later this year. Right off the bat Q Dot and Horizon answered Tope’s placement with “Tope’s killing it!” Horizon added that Tope should move up as he finds him to be top 3 caliber.
Q Dot and many of the panelists described Tope as a solid rapper, but not the best lyricist like a Portland version of Seattle artist Sol. Mac Smiff commented that he sometimes is underwhelmed by Tope’s bars, but has shown the ability to drop something lyrically solid. He describes that Tope sometimes comes across as the “hipster white guy,” but he’ll step up and own a cypher. D-Money added that he thinks that Tope has matured more than any Northwest emcee in the past two years and recalled an album review he did a few years ago when he noticed the rapper used to focus on trying to impress women rather than being his genuine self. D added that Tope is much realer and mature as evidenced by his just released Chicken Wings & Ice Cream Cones EP. To this announcement Darryl broke out his phone and proceeded to download the project mid-conversation.
The current rapper of the group, Q applauded Tope’s presence on the microphone as strong and professional. Mac told the panel about the emcee’s merch selling out like his custom made jerseys and shirts.
D asked the panel if they preferred Tope as a solo artist or as a member of TxE and Q explained it’s a better look for him when he’s solo. DJ Swervewon agreed, saying that he hears Tope play more of a party rocker with the group while speaking on more subjects when he is in the booth by himself. Mac shared that he was impressed recently when Tope stepped out of the TxE style and stepped away from the energy. Tope’s maturity has come also by working with the guys of the APM Gang including this year’s #7 artist Luck-One and Spac3man while also learning from Illmaculate and the absent panelist Cool Nutz. Swerve mentioned that Tope has impressively gotten co-signs from almost every rapper in Portland. Even his press on his point such as earlier this year when Erykah Badu tweeted her appreciation of Tope’s sampling of her song on Trouble Man. Luvva helpfully added that he was impressed that females flock to Tope when most emcees just talk about getting them. And that’s real!
As the conversation died down, D-Money asked if everyone was fine with Tope holding down the number 5 slot, and with a chorus of yes from the panel D placed the placard on the Freshest in the Northwest board.” -D-Money of Go Juice Radio
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PANELISTS + EVERYONE THAT VOTED FOR ME IN THIS YEARS FRESHEST IN THE NW POLL!!!
Huge THANK YOU to Erin Miller, Talilo Marfil, and Stories From The Streets for having me at their event last weekend at Pioneer Courthouse Square. With all the controversy going on with Hip Hop in PDX I think these two deserve some recognition for putting together this event with no issues, in one of the most populated spots in Downtwown Portland. All proceeds from this benefit went to Homeless Youth in PDX. Check out Stories From The Streets for more info. Also thank you to Super Groovy Cosmic Bus for the pictures!
Shout out to Goldini Bagwell of Sandpeople for having me on his new album, Secondhand Smoke (The Extended Cut), also salute to the homies DJ Flip Flop and Jon Belz for their feature as well. People don’t know how big of a role Gold actually played in my early career. He helped form Living Proof with Prem and introduced me to most of the active Portland scene in 2006, including Sapient who would go on to produce the first LP album, Roots To Branches. Needless to say, I owe Gold a lot for looking out for me in those early days. Check out this joint and his new album, as well as his work with Clokwerk and Sandpeople.
With his Broke Boy Syndrome album coming out later this summer, Portland Rapper/Producer – TOPE drops a FREE 4-song EP entitled, CHICKEN WINGS & ICE CREAM CONES. With production from Trox (50 Cent, Freeway), Stewart Villain (Danny Brown, Smoke DZA) and Steez – TOPE gives you his classic feel-good anthems just in time for the summer.
On “CHEECH & CHONG” TOPE breaks down and speaks on his love for a little lady Mary produced by Trox, who also produced the Too Short-inspired “TOPE TALES.” Steez comes through with a soulful anthem for “WORRY BOUT A THING” and TOPE and Stewart Villain end the album with a thank you to all the fans with “ALL FOR YOU.”
Be on the lookout for TOPE’s new album, BROKE BOY SYNDROME coming soon featuring a monster collab with LA MC, Blu!