It’s been a busy month for TOPE already – making a guest appearance on Liv Warfield’s sold-out homecoming show and briefly linking up with Macklemore in Seattle at his most recent show. This week TOPE is back and hooks up with 50 Cent and Ab-Soul producer, Trox for the title song to BROKEBOYSYNDROME “BBS” featuring additional organ by Beau Bryan and vocals from Lindsey Reightley. On “BBS” TOPE explores the main themes of his new album; growing up in poverty with little to no positive influences and trying to make something out of nothing.
Getting personal, TOPE touches on his parents and their influence on his youth “I remember when my momma got them lights cut off, church came through with that food in a box” and “Daddy was a drunk not a dollar to his name, said I never be that punk and I promised that I change.”
It been an eventful 2015 for TOPE so far, we’re all excited to see where the movement is headed. Be sure to download BROKE BOY SYNDROME ft Blu, CashUs King and more below.
Still trying to find all the right words to describe last night. I feel like I earned a couple stripes and finally got accepted into the PORTLAND music club I’ve been a fan of for so long. It really meant a lot to me to share the stage last night with Liv, Cool Nutz, and Gold from Sandpeople. All three of those people have inspired me and guided my career since before I had an album, before I even had a damn song to my name. Gold pushed me to really pursue rap and start Living Proof with Prem at 18, when I really had no idea what I was doing. Liv has always encouraged me to chase my dreams and showed me love and support along the way, again before I even had a song. It’s amazing to see someone so talented and at the same time SO DAMN HUMBLE, truly a unique soul. And finally Nutz, nobody ever took me serious as Producer until Cool Nutz reached out to work with me. Our first song together got in The Source Magazine in 2009!!!! I know last night was Liv’s night but it was really special to me in a lot of ways. The last time I saw my Mom alive I was with my sister and Liv, and I definitely felt like she was with us again last night.
If you’re in PORTLAND come check out TOPE opening for Too Many Zooz and DJ Fatboy at Peter’s Room (Downstairs Roseland) this Saturday, January 31st with Verbz and special guest Farnell Newton on trumpet!
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.
Up and coming Portland rapper Wes Guy grabs a verse from TOPE for the Mike Mo produced “So Good” single. Check out Family Tree, the first video from Wes’ new album “Perfectly, Imperfect” also available for free download HERE and stream the single below.
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.
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