It’s been a few months since we last heard from Portland MC TOPE. When we did, back in May, he’d just dropped visuals for ‘Better Place‘, a song that was to herald ‘3am in Oakland’, what would have been his sixth studio release. But even after the album art had been unveiled and a ‘3am Tour’ announced, there was no album forthcoming. It appears the project was quietly shelved with no explanation.
A couple of days ago, though, TOPE dropped a brand new song titled ‘Thank You’. Along with it, he posted a lengthy open letter on his website which explained his motivation for the song as well as why he hasn’t dropped new music since 2014’s ‘Broke Boy Syndrome‘. He spoke about being somewhat dissatisfied with his output on BBS and how he had been caught up with recent political events, in particular, the incidences of police brutality reported in different parts of the country. In the face of rising racial tension, he felt he couldn’t be rapping about “”party and bullshit” when some real shit is happening every day”.
As TOPE took time out to soul search, he came to a place of gratitude for all things; the good and the bad, in his life. The feelings translated themselves into a soulful piece of music with jazzy touches sewn together by long-time collaborator Stewart Villain. Sandwiched in between TOPE’s reflective rhymes is a hook sang by Erikka J and trumpet blasts courtesy of Farnell Newton. It makes for that smooth sound you expect from the likes of Dizzy Wright. Enjoy.
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