Originally, this article was going to be about Birdman. However, this morning, my bro Sincere tagged me in a post of TIP’s (formerly TI) new song, Dope that was produced by Dr. Dre. From the moment that I pressed play, I knew that it was the one. Before I begin to dissect the song, I want to share a bit of a backstory. TIP announced his 10th album, The Dime Trap, as an album that would return to the roots of his Trap Muzik days. He feels that his core fans deserve this content after 12+ years and 9 albums. These moves often walk the thin like between refreshing and redundant. I appreciate TIP’s dedication to his core and I hope that it connects, as it should. Quickly after signing with Roc Nation and becoming part owner of Tidal, TIP released Money Talk. The song was cool, definitely a current trap influence but, also enjoyable. However, last night I was convinced. Dope has that “summertime fine” vibe with hard-hitting snares from the fingertips of Dr. Dre. The production reminds me of the music Dre had in 2010 that was leaked (two of them featured TIP). The song samples the late, and great, Aaliyah, and has the angelic vocals of Marsha Ambrosius. The track is not just about the drug Dope but, more along the lines of being high off life. TIP is #2 in my Top 5 Southern Artist’s list, right behind Project Pat.
I admire his lyrical ability to compete with just about EVERYONE in the game, along with classic anthems such as Rubberband Man, U Don’t Know Me and What You Know. With Dope dropping on the dawn of summertime, The Dime Trap may be one of the most anticipated albums of this year.
Hip-Hop Foreva ,