[Words By | K1ng Eljay]
- “I Wonder” (feat. Singa B)
- “Day After Tomorrow”
Usually there’s a lot of talk concerning Starlito and his under-appreciated projects, but Don Trip is just as equally talented (and under-appreciated). There’s a reason they mesh so well on projects and feature verses; they’re similar in ways but equally different, and they know how to play off that dynamic. Lito’s proven he can carry a project by himself, multiple times. Don Trip, for some reason, seems to be still proving that to some people (which, is crazy). Maybe it’s because his output for releasing music is a click slower than others, but that shouldn’t matter if he’s releasing quality.
Godspeed is the latest project from Don Trip, and it’s almost a shot across the bow to prove that Don’s serious about what he does. In one play, he hits a multitude of topics with almost reckless abandon, phrased as concepts and punchlines that can easily resonate. It takes a few tracks to get there, but when it finally does, it’s some of the doper music to drop this year – and that’s saying something in a year where even Dr. Dre decided to pop up after 16 years.
The first few tracks are solid fanfare from Don Trip; the angle’s definitely street-oriented, which can make for some hit-and-miss tracks, or even tracks that don’t quite resonate and show what Don’s capable of. However, “White House” changes all of that with a bit of defiance, as Trip raps about forcefully initiating change (putting that lightly), and the rest of the project trends upwards from that moment forward.
“Don’t Ever Land” features Dee-1 and Petty and has all of the energy and witty bars we’ve come to expect from Don as he holds his own (“I gotta be outta my mind / I put a switch on the .9 / I call it Stephen Curry / cuz now it shoot three at a time”), while the “Interlude” switches things up completely as he displays his hunger over an ominous backdrop, weaving back and forth between bars and real life issues. The transition from “Tomorrow” to “Day After Tomorrow” is legit (and well-thought out), and the tracks just continue to improve from there. Even the songs where he switches up and dives into relationship issues (“Who Am I”, “Medicine”, “I Wonder”, “Losing Streak”) are done with resonating themes that stay true to Don as an artist.
By the end of the project, it’s easy to see why Don Trip is so lauded by his fanbase; he does a great job of making his lyrics relatable for most to listen to – even if it’s by him using the music as therapy, which could very well be the case. Don’s one of the more talented artists that you should be listening out for, and Godspeed is yet another reason for that. Don’t sleep.
The Quick Recap
- + Don Trip returns with his latest LP, and it’s essentially what we’ve been wanting from him all along.
- +/- The best songs on the project seem to be the content driven ones, as opposed to the street tracks that are hit or miss.
- + Don Trip’s introspective tracks resonate so strongly because of its authenticity. “I Wonder”, “Day After Tomorrow”, “Eviction Notice”, etc. are all incredibly strong tracks.
- +/- The playlist is pretty long (17 tracks, around 72 minutes), and a few of the songs could been trimmed down for maximum impact, but Don hadn’t dropped music as consistently as some would hope, so maybe that was his atonement for that.
The REDEFINED Rating
3.5 out of 5