PRE-ORDER TOPE’s BROKEBOYSYNDROME

December 5th, 2014

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PRE-ORDER TOPE’s new album BROKEBOYSYNDROME on iTunes + Limited Edition #BBS CDs.

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Limited Edition BBS CDS

Available 12/15 – #BBS features Blu & CashUs King + singers Rob Milton, Blossom, Dizz and Lindsey Reightley. Production from Stewart Villain, Trox, Devonwho, Theory Hazit, LAWZ SPOKEN, Dupre, and Sir Chamberlin, with additional instrumentation by Farnell Newton, Chris Hanson, Beau Bryan, and DJ Celsius. Artwork by Alexander Wright and photos by Mike Grippi.

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TOPE – LET IT GO ft Blu, Rob Milton, and Farnell Newton Produced by Stewart Villain

December 3rd, 2014

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It’s hard for me to put into writing everything that this songs represents – to me this song is a product of almost 8 years of working hard at making this music a success. Ever since I heard Blu’s “Below The Heavens” in 2007, he was automatically one of my favorite rappers. I think a lot of people would agree with me, there is just something about that project that touches you. You can hear the hunger in Blu’s verses and for me his words were always so visual.

Fast forward to 2008/2009 and I have the chance to open for Blu (with Macklemore opening) on a couple bills in Portland. Me being shy and lacking confidence I never asked Blu about doing a song face to face, but I always had him on my radar as an MC I wanted to work with. Fast forward again to 2012 and I start producing some tracks for Co$$ aka CashUs King, (who was featured on Below The Heavens) and through a strange coincidence I get introduced to Blu. From there I sent him some rough draft songs from BBS and we talked about the album concept, growing up poor, and trying to make something out of nothing. After a couple back and forth conversations LET IT GO was the song he wanted to jump on and the rest is history.

Rewind back to 2013, I had just released TROUBLEMAN and was getting ready to take my first trip out to NYC. Before the trip I wanted to have some new music to play and Stewart and I had just starting throwing around ideas for a new project – “Trouble Man out in N-Y-C- like.” This is the song I first developed the BBS theme – “And I’m a ball/never had shit so I’m trying to buy it all.” Before Blu, I knew I wanted Farnell Newton to add trumpet to this song. That didn’t take much work, as Farnell knocked out his parts via the internet while being on tour with Jill Scott. The song was getting close but I knew I needed one more element – insert Rob Milton. Rob and I first met when the Erykah Badu co-signed my TAKE YOUR TIME video and always stayed in touch. Again, Rob came though for me huge and knocked out his parts super quick. His vocals were the icing on he cake, everybody always asks “Who is that on the hook though?”

And finally, to have 2DopeBoyz premiere this collab was also I goal I had set for myself when I started this project. Again I see all this as result of staying focused on your dreams and goals, and working hard until you achieve them. Lord knows I have a long way to go in this “rap” game, but it feels like we’re headed in the right direction!

Thank you to everyone supporting.

BROKEBOYSYNDROME Hoodies Now Available!

November 28th, 2014

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BROKEBOYSYNDROME Hoodies now available and on SALE for $30 through Monday, December 1st ($40 after).

TOPE presents TROUBLE VISION EPISODE 3

November 24th, 2014

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TOPE’s BROKEBOYSYNDROME campaign keeps on coming. This week director Connor Limbocker aka FILTHIEST offers a behind the scenes look at the making of BROKEBOYSYNDROME with Episode Three of TOPE’s day in the life series, TROUBLE VISION.

Featuring cameos from Stewart Villain, DJ Fatboy, Farnell Newton, and more – TOPE takes us on a journey recording the album with LAWZ SPOKEN, mixing and mastering with Zebulon Dak, and offers a peak at his live show and extensive touring schedule in 2014 with shows in Eugene, Portland, and Seattle. With a personal look at #BBS, TOPE takes some time to break down the process of recording and releasing an album as a 100% independent artist.

Be on the look out for TOPE’s single LET IT GO featuring Blu coming very soon and the full length album dropping December 15th on iTunes! Also be sure to check out the first two releases from BBS – RED LIGHT featuring CashUs King premiered by 2DopeBoyz and the Official Music Video for STILL DOPE / WILD ONE.

TOPE’s BROKEBOYSYNDROME Available On iTUNES 12/15

November 23rd, 2014

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It’s official – TOPE’s long awaited BROKEBOYSYNDROME will be available on iTunes December 15th!

With production from Stewart Villain, Devonwho, Trox, LAWZ SPOKEN, Dupre, Theory Hazit, and Sir Chamberlain plus live instrumentation from Farnell Newton, Chris Hanson, and Beau Bryan. BBS also features LA rappers Blu and CashUs King plus vocalists Rob Mitlon, Dizz, Lindsey Reightley, and Blossom. Mixed and Mastered by Zebulon Dak and cuts by DJ Celsius. Artwork by Alexander Wright and photos by Mike Grippi.

Stay tuned for more singles and Trouble Vision Episode 3!

2DopeBoyz Premieres TOPE’s New Single RED LIGHT ft CashUs King

November 18th, 2014

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One of the fastest rising stars in the NW – Portland Rapper & Producer TOPE offers up the first official single from his upcoming album BROKEBOYSYNDROME, “RED LIGHT” ft LA rapper CashUs King. Produced by PDX’s Stewart Villain, RED LIGHT mashes a classic Willie Hutch sample with a vintage break beat to set the tone, while TOPE and CashUs King (formerly known as Co$$) speak on the struggles of touring and playing night after night on the road all topped off with cuts from DJ Celsius. One of the hardest working rappers in the region, TOPE has toured with Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious and opened for acts all over the NW in 2014 including Ab-Soul, Deltron, Mobb Deep, The Coup, Ty Dolla $ign, Bun B, Kirko Bangz, People Under The Stairs, Zion I, Sol, El-P, Shad, and more. If you haven’t already check out the first video from TOPE’s BBS “STILL DOPE / WILD ONE” and look out for LET IT GO featuring Blu coming soon!

TOPE Opens for The Coup in Eugene & Portland

November 12th, 2014

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TOPE opens for the legendary Bay Area crew The Coup this Wednesday in Eugene at Cozmic and back in Portland on Thursday at The Hawthorne Theater with Verbz, Speaker Minds, and special guest Dennis Dove on drums.

TOPE Releases The First Video From BROKEBOYSYNDROME – STILL DOPE / WILD ONE

November 3rd, 2014

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TOPE is back with the first official release from his new album “BROKEBOYSYNDROME.” Directed by Noah Porter (@knwpo) “STILL DOPE / WILD ONE” is a two-part, day and night video offering up two diverse selections from BBS – the first produced by SF’s Devonwho (@devonwho) and the second produced by PDX’s LAWZSPOKEN (@lawzspoken). With DJ Celsius (@thecelsius) on the cuts, KNWPO takes you on a ride through the day with Devonwho’s summertime synths and suddenly switches it to night with LAWZSPOKEN’s hard hitting drums – all lyrically conducted by the broke boy himself, TOPE. The last time Porter and TOPE dropped a music video they caught they attention of Erykah Badu, who knows what will happen this time…

Be on the look out for TOPE’s new album BROKEBOYSYNDROME featuring Blu & CashUs King comin soon!

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ALSO – Dont forget TOPE + Verbz opening for DELTRON this Friday at The Roseland Theater!

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Advance Tickets email – itsTOPE@gmail.com

TOPE opening for DELTRON at The Roseland 11/7

October 30th, 2014

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TOPE with Verbz opens up for the legendary DELTRON crew (DEL + DAN THE AUTOMATOR + KID KOALA) in Portland at The Roseland Theater – Friday, November 7th! For advance tickets email itsTOPE@gmail.com – $22.

Mike Thrasher & Cascade Tickets Interviews TOPE

October 30th, 2014

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The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most active and vibrant music scenes in the world, boasting countless musicians from every genre imaginable. With so much music in the area, it can be tough to keep up with who’s who and who’s playing where. So, to help you keep track of some of the best artists in the area, we bring you Meet the Locals. For this edition, we have up-and-coming Portland emcee, Tope, AKA Anthony Anderson, who will be opening for The Coup at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland on Nov. 13.

Dreams are coming true for artist, producer, and Portland native, Tope. With a handful of records under his belt, both as a solo artist and with group projects TxE and Living Proof, Tope’s been receiving some well-earned national attention, even gaining a fan out of the legendary Erykah Badu. He’s opened for some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Nas, Talib Kweli, Macklemore, and Dead Prez, to name a few, and he’s currently getting ready to release a new LP, BROKEBOYSYNDROME, featuring production from Stewart Villain. His work is dynamic, injecting flavors of soul, funk, and jazz into his production, employing both electronic beats and live instrumentation while balancing equal parts humor and introspection with his lyrics.

We had the chance to ask Tope a few questions, and he opened up about hip hop in the NW, his experience growing up, and where he wants go as an artist…” – Rachael Winterling

Read the FULL INTERVIEW HERE + RSVP to TOPE + VERBZ SPEAKER MINDS + THE COUP