Seattle Rapper and Moor Gang affiliate Thaddeus David drops the visuals for Blackjack featuring TOPE, produced by Stewart Villain. Directed by Rafy Achoa, Thad and TOPE take you along for back to back show nights plus cameos from Gifted Gab, Jarv Dee, Nacho Picasso, and more! Download Thaddeus David’s UNTITLED Ep HERE.
TOPE is back with another release from the highly acclaimed BROKEBOYSYNDROME album. This time FILTHIEST directs the Stewart Villain produced OH SH!T with cuts from DJ Celsius while TOPE flat out kills this one. Bonus points for the live bass and guitar provided by Chris Hanson on this one. Be sure to download BROKEBOYSYNDROME if you haven’t already.
TOPE announces the Official #BBS Album Release Parties in Eugene, Salem, PDX, and Seattle!
1/12 Eugene @ Cozmic with Big Mo, Prince Hyph, and Chris Lee
1/13 Salem @ Kraftworks with Kruse, Matty, SamuelThe1st, and P$
1/14 Portland @ Holocene with illmaculate, Thaddeus David, and Blossom
1/15 Seattle @ Crocodile with Thaddeus David and Kung Foo Grip
RSVP-> #BBS PDX ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
On 12.15.14 Tope released his latest project, BROKE BOY SYNDROME. After a successful low-key listening party, Tope brings a impressive line up of Northwest artists including battle rap legend Illmaculate as well as Seattle Moor Gang representative Thaddeus David. Those familiar with Tope are no stranger to Blossom a Portland R&B soulstress as well as Tope’s long time DJ, Verbz. All coming together at one of Portland’s best venue’s HOLOCENE.
Broke Boy Syndrome has received acclaim from many respected blogs and publications like OkayPlayer, 2DopeBoyz, The Oregonian, and countless others. Looking to make his way into the forefront of today’s hip hop, Tope brings an impressive arsenal of talent to the album with features from LA rhymer Blu as well as production by many of the Northwest’s best producers.
Come check out this rare line up of incredible Northwest talent on January 14th 2015 at Holocene in Portland. Bless! -Verbz
PRE-ORDER TOPE’s new album BROKEBOYSYNDROME on iTunes + 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.
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 and on SALE for $30 through Monday, December 1st ($40 after).
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.