Check Them Out: TOPE- Trouble Man @itsTOPE @grynch @Spac3man @djflipfop @atlgravity


Trouble_Man

1. START
2. CHURCH GIRLS
3. NEW DAY ft LUCK ONE
4. FAMILY AFFAIR ft Grynch & Spac3man
5. STUCK
6. TAKE YOUR TIME (additional trumpet by Farnell Newton)
7. WHAT UP
8. ABOUT YOU (additional cello by Chloe Victoria Cerva) x BIRTHDAY SONG

9. GOOD RIDDANCE ft Co$$ (additional bass by DJ Flip Flop)

All songs written, recorded, and produced by TOPE for itsTOPE (ASCAP)
Mixed and Mastered by DJ Flip Flop for Studio 22 (Los Angeles, CA)
All cuts by DJ Celsius
Photos by Mike Grippi
Artwork by Noah Porter

TROUBLEMAN EP DOWNLOAD LINK
CHURCH GIRLS (Official Music Video)
TOPE EPK

“At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the Portland, Or hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Trouble Man, is a heartfelt snapshot of where he’s at now, musically and emotionally.

Lyrically, the record is steeped in nostalgia. Tope has always been somewhat of a romantic, crafting love songs that walk the line between sincerity and smooth talk. He spits pick-up lines at girls in coffee shops on “Church Girls” and bickers with his girlfriend for smoking his weed on “Stuck.” Elsewhere, he takes a more serious tone, addressing the death of his grandfather and mother as well as his rocky relationship with his father on “About You” and “Birthday Song,” respectively. His personal insights are brief and to the point, but they’re refreshing on an album that is mostly devoted to life’s good times. But the most captivating aspect of Trouble Man is the production. Tope really has come into his own as a beatmaker, chopping samples so they coo and hum at just the right moments. “Start” blends chopped guitar lines, sped-up vocals and splashy drums to create a breezy tune built for the sound system of a vintage car. He gets smoother on “Take Your Time,” which samples Erykah Badu and features live instrumentation from trumpeter Farnell Newton. He even wanders into pop territory, turning Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to Be Real” into a party jam on “Family Affair.” Trouble Man is a display of Tope’s versatility, not just behind the mic, but behind the boards as well.”

-Reed Jackson (Willamette Week)

Anthony Anderson
TOPE of Living Proof/TxE
http://www.itstope.com/
http://tope.bandcamp.com/

For booking or interviews contact: TOPEpress@gmail.com