Rapper/producer Tope has become one of my favorites out of Portland… ever since I first got exposed to him with this project. He’s been working hard and pushing out quality music for awhile now (over 6 years), most of which you can hear over at his Bandcamp page–from his Living Proof days, his beat projects, his solo material, and the TxE albums. Not to mention producing for other people and all the well-deserved touring he’s been doing across the states.
This year we saw the release of his anticipated EP Troubleman, which was released on July 9th. Written, recorded, and produced entirely by Tope, with guest features from Luck One, Grynch, Spac3man, and Co$$ on a bonus track. With less than 10 songs, this album showcases his skills in songwriting with more personal and honest material. Not just on the lyrical tip, but his production is also real solid and shows his diversity. With a hip hop foundation, he sprinkles in elements of other styles such as pop and soul, through his use of a lot of sampling… and of course a good ear.