TROUBLEMAN EP

by TOPE

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    TOPE's TROUBLEMAN EP NOW AVAILABLE ON 160 GRAM VINYL LP

    FEATURING SCARUB OF LIVING LEGENDS, GRYNCH, CO$$, LUCK ONE, SPAC3MAN, FARNELL NEWTON, CHLOE VICTORIA CERVA, AND DJ CELSIUS.

    NOMINATED FOR PORTLAND ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY THE OREGONIAN AND RANKED #2 OF UNDERGROUND RELEASES IN JULY 2013 BY HIPHOPWIRED.COM.

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"At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local 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 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)

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released July 9, 2013

All songs written, recorded, and produced by TOPE for itsTOPE (ASCAP).
Mixed and Mastered by DJ Flip Flop for Studio 22 Los Angeles, California.
All cuts by DJ Celsius
Artwork by Noah Porter, Photos by Mike Grippi
Guest appearances from Co$$, Luck One, Grynch, and Spac3man.
Additional Trumpet by Farnell Newton on #6, Additional Cello by Chloe Victoria Cerva on #8, and Additional Bass by DJ Flip Flop on #9

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Credits: Slum Village, Blu, Abstract Rude, Myka 9, TiRon, Planet Asia, and more.

Featured: 2DopeBoyz, XXL, The Source, Okayplayer, and more.

Opened: Nas, Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep, and more.

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