Sitting down with Zane Lowe just ahead of the release of his fourth studio album Trip at Knight, Canton, Ohio, MC Trippie Redd came clean about what keeps him going. “I sit back and just replay everything like, ‘Damn,’” he told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I just be thinking and I’ll be like, ‘Is my path going the way I need it to be or am I behind?’ And then I just be pushing myself to overdrive in the studio. I feel like every beat I’m getting all right now, every song I’m doing, it feels like I’m just killing that motherfucker, because I’ve been in here and I got experience and I updated my sound and elevated my flow.”
Trip at Knight is a reflection of that confidence and energy. The more melancholy notes that dot a great much of Trippie’s discography are few and far between here, swapped out for Rolling Loud-ready mosh-pit-starters like “MP5” featuring SoFaygo, Lil Uzi Vert collab “Holy Smokes,” or “Demon Time” with Ski Mask the Slump God. There are plenty of solo outings, but the MC taps into a couple of regional vibes with the Chicago-heavy “Rich MF” (featuring Polo G and Lil Durk) and then “Captain Crunch,” which features a Detroit-centric all-star team of Sada Baby, Babyface Ray, and Icewear Vezzo.
Trippie Redd diehards will also be happy to have official versions of “Matt Hardy 999” and “Danny Phantom,” collaborations that feature two of his generation’s most beloved dearly departed MCs, Juice WRLD and XXXTENTACION. “The two songs with Juice and Jahseh, they’re actually songs that I was planning on putting out, but they got leaked,” Trippie says. “And now, on the album, they’re revamped. I did new beats and put more vocals behind certain shit and just like made it sound a little better. But every song is like a moment. They weren’t on streaming platforms, so I was just happy that I can get the songs on streaming platforms for my fans.”