Music Review | Trippie Redd, Rod Wave, Dr Maleek, Jojo & 03 Greedo

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Trippie Redd — Trip At Knight

Multi-platinum recording artist Trippie Redd returns with a new album ahead of his headlining North American tour. Stacked with guest verses from Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Polo G and more, Trip At Knight follows “Miss The Rage” – Trippie’s standout single released earlier this year – which debuted at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With a rock album (NEON SHARK) executive-produced by Travis Barker, it’s evident that 2021 has been a statement year for Big 14. Trippie’s experimental soundscape pushes the envelope of natural sound. He’s a hybrid artist on the cusp of becoming one of this generations most influential talents.

Rod Wave — SoulFly (Deluxe Version)

Rod Wave is a street poet that’s in tune with his feelings. The deluxe version of Wave’s chart-topping album (SoulFly) flexes the melodic composers natural storytelling ability. Wave’s pain-filled vocals in song redefine what it means to be vulnerable, peeling back the onion on his problematic lifestyle. With SoulFly (Deluxe Version) – the extension of Rod Wave’s acclaimed sophomore album – the Florida emcee asserts his knack for crafting melodies and emotion-tinged bars. The deluxe release features nine new tracks, penning featured verses from Lil Durk and fellow Floridian Kodak Black.

Dr Maleek — Pre Op

Dr Maleek releases his highly-anticipated two song EP, Pre Op. This project follows Maleek’s summer anthem – “Slide” featuring Bino Rideaux – divulging into the rapper’s unique ear for music. With appearances from Melii (“Nothing Without You”), Tory Lanez & BlueBucksClan (“Pull Up”), Pre Op is a melange of distinctive moods and a preview of what is to come for the rising artist. “Pre Op is the time before the surgery, it’s the preparation time before, and this two song EP represents that before we release the full project where I really am going to do surgery on this whole music industry,” says Dr. Maleek. Confidently, Dr Maleek is primed to take the music industry by storm.

Jojo — “Worst (I Assume)”

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Jojo resurfaces with a new track and music video. With “Worst (I Assume),” the acclaimed artist previews a glimpse into her forthcoming capsule collection titled Trying Not To Think About It, arriving October 1, 2021. Directed by Alfredo Flores, the music video encapsulates the essence of Jojo’s sweeping emotion, bringing the song to life through performance. Following the release of Trying Not To Think About It, Jojo will embark on a six-date run of intimate live shows across Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles to celebrate with fans. “Trying Not To Think About It is a result of feeling sooooo lost, scared, and confused at the end of 2020 – desperate to believe in/find my light once again. Sometimes we feel like we’re the only ones. But we NEVER are alone in our darkness,” JoJo says on the project.

03 Greedo – 03 Inna Key

03 Greedo proves why he’s a treasure trove of L.A’s ranging soundscape. 03 Inna Key is a three-song EP that displays the esteemed Watts rapper’s inventive wordplay and rhythmic versatility. The new project was released early to JPay, a prison telecom company, allowing the incarcerated to hear Greedo’s new music first. Serving a lengthy prison sentence hasn’t faltered Greedo’s grind. In fact, since he’s been away, 03 Greedo has made strides to assert his worldly value, surpassing the regional wins he’s accumulated overtime. Free Greedo until it’s backwards.

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Derrius Edwards
Derrius is a music industry professional with experience in content strategy and editorial writing, sharing relevant and resonating stories as a conduit for hip-hop culture advancement.

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