TOPE drops the fire new single “NO LIE” produced by San Diego’s own Jimmy Javier. Starting the summer off early, TOPE brings the vibes on “NO LIE” on speaking on love, loyalty, and commitment. Press play on and be on the look out for more new music dropping from TOPE this summer!
Catch TOPE in his first live performance of 2019 Thursday, February 28th with headliners the KnowMads and opening act Watzreal at Brick N Mortar Music Hall.
Come see a rare live appearance and new music from TOPE as he kicks off the new year like only he can. Special guest appearances and more to be announced.
Hailing from Houston, TX and now residing in Portland, OR - up and coming R&B artist Scooty is set to make big waves in the music industry. With a unique and individual style, Scooty walks the line between a soul singer and a rapper, but it's her voice that will blow you away with one listen. On her latest single "The Difference" Scooty sounds right and home and perfectly in the pocket while breaking down everything that separates her from the average artist and woman. Produced by West Coast artist TOPE (Slum Village, Blu, Gift Of Gab) "The Difference" is gritty yet smooth all the same time, drenched with bass and well-placed guitar licks. Marking the first official single from their upcoming album, Scooty and TOPE give us just a taste of the possibilities of where this collaboration can go on "The Difference," leaving listeners hitting rewind by the time the track ends. With only a handful of releases under her belt, it's only a matter of time before Scooty in on the worldwide R&B radar.
Press play on "The Difference" and stay tuned for more from Scooty!
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West Coast Producer and Rapper TOPE travels to Las Vegas to film the Official Music Video for his new single "Never Told You." After the successful release for his gospel-influenced single Faithful, featuring underground legends Blu and Abstract Rude, TOPE digs deeper into his stash of unreleased music to drop the inspiring and emotional anthem "Never Told You." Playing every instrument including Piano, Bass, Drums, and Synthesizers on Reason 10, TOPE's latest single marks his first non-sampled production to date, showing the growth in not only him as a person but also as a Producer. After moving from Portland to The Bay, then to LA and back to Bay, TOPE had all of his music stolen from a laptop at a concert in San Francisco and almost consider walking away from releasing music in early 2017. The words "I never told 'bout the time I almost gave up on myself" repeat heavily as TOPE explains how he was defeated but still made a persevered through the hard times.
Back to work this year, TOPE recently returned from playing live shows with Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship and Blu, as well as producing for New York City legend Skyzoo. A resurgence of sorts it seems like this up and coming West Coast artist might just be back and better than ever.
Be sure to press play on the Official Music Video for "Never Told You" and also stream TOPE's new music available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and more!
TOPE - NEVER TOLD YOU (Official Music Video)
Produced, Written, Recorded, and Directed by TOPE @itsTOPE
Mixed by Jordan Garrett @27JordanGarrett
Mastered by James Hicken @JWHSound
Photography by Sariah Rose
Stream via Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and more!
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TOPE returns with his second official single of 2018 titled "Never Told You." Following up the all-star collaboration featuring Abstract Rude and Blu on his first single on 2018 "Faithful," TOPE switches lanes on "Never Told You" recounting the some of the tribulations of having his entire music library stolen at a show in San Francisco in 2017. Pressing re-start on his once buzzing career, TOPE moved to Oakland from his hometown Portland, OR and soon after had his laptop and other personal items swiped at a show, leaving the up and coming Producer with no backups of all the music he had created in the last 4 years - including demos versions of all TOPE's new self-produced singles.
"I never told you 'bout the time I almost gave up on myself" TOPE admits over eerie chords and synth work all played by himself. A rare honest and vulnerable moment for a rap artist as TOPE admits how close he truly was to quitting on his dreams. 2018 has seen a resurgence in TOPE's career again with a successful run to SXSW as well as recently produced for Slum Village, Gift of Gab of Blackalicious, Skyzoo, and more.
"Never Told You" marks a growth not only TOPE's mindstate but also his production, marking the first sample-free beat TOPE has released and rhymed over. In case you missed it be sure to press play on the Gospel-influenced song "Faithful" featuring underground legends Blu and Abstract and also check out the latest "Never Told You" from rising Bay Area musician TOPE.
Faithful ft Blu & Abstract Rude
Apple Music / iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/faithful-feat-blu-abstract-rude-single/1410935415
Photo by Renee Lopez
Listen to TOPE's debut 2018 single "Faithful" featuring Hip Hop underground legends Blu and Abstract Rude. Produced by TOPE himself faithful is sonically soulful and gospel-influenced as each MC styles their verse uniquely and defines their own definition of the word Faith. Available on all digital platforms, this is the first of many upcoming self-produced releases from the Bay Area-based, Portland-raised MC and Producer.
Listen to "Faithful" below and be sure to share on your social media!
(Mixed by Jordan Garrett, artwork by Chandler Price)
Catch TOPE and Landon Worsdwell on Tour for most of November and some of December. Select dates with Gift of Gab and Clyde Carson!
Full dates & venues below:
11/10 Bellingham, WA @ Kombucha Town
11/11 Missoula, MT @ House Party
11/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
11/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge with Gift Of Gab
11/15 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad w/ Gift Of Gab
11/16 Las Cruces, NM @ The Barricade
11/17 Mesa, AZ @ Queens
11/18 Tucson, AZ @ The Independent Distillery
11/20 San Diego, CA @ The Kava Lounge
11/21 Santa Cruz @ Blue Lagoon
11/22 San Jose @ Back Bar SoFa
11/24 San Francisco, CA @ Milk Bar
11/25 Berkeley, CA @ TBA
11/26 San Francisco, CA @ Boom Boom Room
11/27 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
11/28 Auburn, CA @ Workshop TBA
11/29 Auburn, CA @ Workshop TBA
11/30 Chico, CA @ TBA
12/1 Ashland, OR @ The Brickroom w/ Gift Of Gab
12/2 Corvallis, OR @ Cloud N Kelly's
12/3 Portland, OR @ The Liquor Store
12/4 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's w/ Clyde Carson
12/6 Oakland, CA @ The Complex w/ Clyde Carson
12/7 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Clyde Carson
It was January 2015 and TOPE had just released his breakthrough project BROKE BOY SYNDROME detailing surviving a childhood with two drug-addicted parents, losing his mother to that same addiction at 19, not speaking or seeing his father since 17, and trying to avoid surviving the traps of his own newfound rap success. With social media co-signs from R&B legends, Erykah Badu and Cody Chestnutt, plus a dedicated hometown following in Portland, many thought TOPE might be next to blow from the region. After releasing BBS, featuring a long sought after collab with underground hip hop legend Blu, TOPE found himself on XXL, The Source, 2Dopeboyz, Okayplayer, and more with rave reviews of the young producer/rapper's new project. And then, without much warning, TOPE decided after almost 10 years of climbing the ranks through the Portland scene he would pack up his bags and move to the Bay Area, eventually landing in Oakland, California.
Quickly after his move TOPE found himself touring the West Coast with another underground hip hop legend, this time, Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious. With his bags still packed in Oakland and recording equipment in storage, TOPE quickly traded in his comfortable spot towards the top of the food chain in NW Hip Hop for a life on the road as an underground touring act. Back off tour and in Oakland, TOPE found himself lending production to another Portland legend Cool Nutz as he collaborated with Detroit's own Slum Village, as well as taking a trip out to Atlanta to perform at A3C Festival and licensing music from his BROKE BOY SYNDROME album to Oxygen's "The Bad Girl's Club."
In June 2016, TOPE announced his first solo tour, The 3AM Tour - a 22 city journey covering 8 states in less than a month. Along with the tour, TOPE also announced his follow up project 3AM IN OAKLAND to be exclusively produced by Stewart Villain and released after the tour. After a rocky 3 weeks on the road and a number of disagreements with management, TOPE found himself stranded in Portland in the 5 remaining dates on his tour canceled and no motivation to finish his project after.
Life was moving fast for TOPE after a failed tour and things not exactly working out in The Bay like he had planned, TOPE once again packed up his life belongings and moved even further South to LA. Still reeling from a failed tour, the pressure of a follow-up album, and two major moves in less than a year, stress and depression started to catch up with TOPE. After missing an official A3C event in Atlanta and letting the summer of 2016 go without releasing his project, TOPE knew he needed to make a change or possibly step away from music for good. After abruptly breaking up with his girlfriend, TOPE threw all his belongings in a trash bag, rented a U-Haul and once again headed back to the Bay Area, this time landing in Alameda, CA.
At the start of 2017, TOPE was feeling refreshed. A new start on the year, with a plan to release music once a month until the release his 3AM album, all of this until the unthinkable happened. While performing in San Francisco at Brick N Mortar in January of 2017, someone went backstage and stole TOPE's entire merch box containing his laptop and several personal valuable items. With no backup in sight, TOPE lost over 6 years of music and memories including the flies, songs, and ideas for his soon to be released album. TOPE was crushed. At a time in his life when he was strongly considering stepping away from music to pursue a different career path, TOPE almost felt as God was telling him music wasn't the way. Defeated, TOPE had to start completely from ground zero with no way to make music for over a month and every trace of his album gone for good.
To quote Big Sean's hit "If you're a real one you know how to bounce back."
Quietly TOPE did just that, hitting the studio to recreate and resurrect some of the memorable songs from his 3AM IN OAKLAND project. Instead of a full-length project, TOPE decided to shorten things up and focus on the songs that truly mattered to him. In an effort to make sure he would actually release the project and also as a way of turning his attention 100% to a brand new self-produced project, TOPE finally decided on a new EP, SOME THINGS GOTTA CHANGE.
7-tracks deep Oakland via Portland producer and rapper TOPE offers up his new soulful and introspective EP just in the time for the end of summer. SOME THINGS GOTTA CHANGE blends a mixture of light-hearted party jams with personal and emotional revelations, that every TOPE project has been known for. Produced by Portland's Stewart Villain with additions from Farnell Newton, Zach Striar, and TOPE himself STGC also features the vocal stylings of Oakland's own Cash Campain and Atlanta-based songstress Erikka J. With lead off summer singles like "Glo'd Up," "The Man," and How I Know" TOPE give listeners an update on how life in California has been treating him. While exploring the ups and downs of his relationships and moves on "Trying To Forget," "Better Place," and "Thank You" TOPE even takes time out to address the recent increase in police brutality on "Let Us Pray."
Also see TOPE live on the west coast next month:
9/3 Los Angeles, CA - Bananas Reunion Show
9/11 Eugene, OR - Wow Hall with Blu & Exile
9/12 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studio with Blu & Exile
9/13 San Francisco, CA - Brick N Mortar with Knowmads
9/15 San Jose, CA - With Kung Foo Grip
Oakland/Portland artist TOPE returns with a fresh new music video, "HOW I KNOW" produced by Zach Striar and filmed by Faizon Films. TOPE takes us down to Venice Beach to give visuals for his "summertime in Cali" themed single. It's been an interesting year for TOPE filled plenty on ups and down, including having his laptop and new album stolen at a show back in January and moving back to The Bay after briefly relocating to LA.
Recharged fully, TOPE is back to his old self on "HOW I KNOW" effortlessly riding the production and reaffirming his confidence in himself and his music. Paying his respect, TOPE samples a classic Dom Kennedy interview with LA's finest Big Boy, talking about what it takes to make it industry and the rewards of staying independent. With a new EP on the way in August, TOPE has been back in the studio working on another full-length project and an official follow-up to his breakout project BROKE BOY SYNDROME. For now, enjoy the sounds and visuals from TOPE on "HOW I KNOW" and look for his new EP dropping in August.
Catch Portland-born, Oakland reppin' artist, TOPE performing live this Tuesday, June 6th at Complex Oakland (420 14th Street) as a featured performer for Coast 2 Coast Live hosted by Cool Nutz and DJ Fatboy - 8PM, All Ages!
Limited tickets available email: ITSTOPE@gmail.com
While in Portland TOPE was featured on DJ Klyph's Klyph Notes podcast for an in-depth interview speaking on new music and recapping the last two years since TOPE's move from Portland to California. This episode of Klyph Notes is TOPE's most personal and open interview to date. Check out a preview of the podcast and download the full episode on iTunes + Subscribe to Klyph Notes as well: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tope/id917116791?i=1000384099705&mt=2
The career of Portland rapper Tope lies somewhere between the pre-streaming-era giants like Cool Nutz and Sandpeople and the current New Portland ascension of Aminé and the Last Artful, Dodgr. Those who followed Tope's music saw him rise from a local diamond in the rough to an artist being written about in national publications like The Source, all through DIY hustle. Part of what made Tope such an engaging presence was that his relentless drive was his muse. His songs inspired you to work smarter, party harder and not let where you came from limit the places you can go.
And then, he left.
In 2015, a few months after the release of his album BrokeBoySyndrome, Tope announced he was leaving Portland for the Bay Area. With him returning to play the monthly Mic Check party, we caught up with the MC born Anthony Anderson to ask him about watching the Portland scene evolve from afar, staying motivated and why he feels like late-period Michael Corleone. BLAKE HICKMAN.
WW: What brought you to the Bay Area? What opportunities were available there that weren't on the table in Portland?
Tope: For the most part, my opportunities have gotten a little bit smaller because it's such a larger market, with a lot more competition and money as compared to Portland. The Bay Area is the sixth-largest media market in the U.S.; Portland is 24th, I believe. So it's a pretty big jump. I would say the biggest difference is that everyone, and I mean everyone raps here. If you don't rap now, you probably did at one point.
What keeps you motivated as you continue building your career?
To be honest, I've been trying to find that motivation. I think for the first time since I was a teenager, I thought about doing something else for the majority of last year. Sometimes I feel like Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III with music. Like, I want to leave, but I really love this shit; it's in my blood. I had my laptop stolen, with all the music I had made in the last four years, at a show recently and couldn't make music for like a month, which might not sound like anything to some people, but I was going crazy. That kind of refreshed things for me again.
Looking back on it, what Portland artists had the most impact on yourcoming up?
I could do this all day. Proz and Conz was my Wu-Tang growing up. I remember the first time hearing Cool Nutz at Lents Park. Seeing Lifesavas open for De La Soul and bumping Spirit In Stone all summer with my homie Daniel. Buying Sandpeople's first CD from Gold. Being so excited that Sleep watched me rap when I was 19. Liv Warfield singing at my mom's funeral. Tony Ozier and original Dookie Jam, Farnell Newton, Dennis Dove, too many people. That's a lot of names for New Portland to Google.
What has it been like to watch the rise of artists like Aminé and Dodgr from afar?
It's been really, really dope. I remember Luck One and I having a conversation back in the day about him maybe being the one from Portland that could really pop, at a time when a lot people were talking about him and I. I knew it was real when I was living in L.A., and I was walking out to my car and people were driving by playing the song [Aminé's "Caroline"]. I know it's cool to hate on the popular guy, but I'm happy for Aminé. And he has a way nicer Benz than mine, so I have to give him props [laughs].
I think my guy Noah Porter was the first to show Dodgr, and her rise has also been awesome to see, in a completely different way. She's connected with so many Portland people that knew that they liked hip-hop but didn't necessarily see an artist that they could connect with in the local scene. She's going to be really big, like on Ellen big. Shout out to TYuS and Cassow, too. Portland has some stars.
What can we expect from your next full length?
You can expect 90-100 percent of the production to be handled by Stewart Villain. There's a lot of different sounds on this album, definitely some personal songs as usual, some radio sounding songs, songs on police brutality. It's hard for me to really define my music lately; it has a little bit of everything, I feel like. It definitely tells a story.
Watch some behind the scenes footage from the making of TOPE's new single THE MAN featuring Cash Campain and DJ Flip Flop, produced by Stewart Villain. Filmed and edited by ArtRapxWhiteT in Hayward, CA at The Storage.
After some recent setbacks, TOPE has been back to work on his new album with Stewart Villain dropping two recent singles, THANK YOU and THE MAN. Both songs very different from each other, but displaying TOPE's recent range of emotion and ability to open up and get personal while at the same time flex with some barsssss. Also catch TOPE with upcoming appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle!
Stream THE MAN and THANK YOU below, plus watch TOPE - THE MAN (Behind The Scenes) below:
Sooooo, we had a change of plans about the originally scheduled premiere for this song, but who needs a Complex owned media site when you have your own fancy, shiny squarespace site..amiright?!?
New music out today entitled, "THE MAN" After dropping some personal, emo singles lol (MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE, BETTER PLACE, and THANK YOU) I had to get back on my shit and drop a banger + something I can do at my live shows. Thank you to bro Stewart Villain for consistently supplying me with heat for almost 6 years now, sheesh. Shout out to DJ Flip Flop for lacing some cuts on this song, mixing and mastering the whole thing, and putting up with me with I tracked down sessions and files my from various random studio trips down here. Also, shout out to Niyah Nelson for connecting me with the super super talented singer Cash Campain who really helping me bring this song together and smooth everything out.
This is actually the ONLY SURVIVING SONG from my stolen laptop last month, that I had mixed and mastered for the most part, so I hope you guys enjoy. (An update on my project with Stewart Villain, the album is definitely starting to take shape as I've record about 12 songs, with 6 of them in the maybe folder so far) One specific memory of this song is doing this for the first time in New Mexico on tour this summer at soundcheck and the entire venue getting out of their seat because they thought the show was starting right then and there lol. If you live in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle come out to a show and hear THE MAN live this month!
(& If you made this far, hit share for me because I'm not popping and I need all the help I can get lol)
more info on THE MAN
Oakland (via Portland) artist TOPE returns with new music entitled "The Man" produced by Stewart Villain, featuring vocals from Cash Campain and cuts by DJ Flip Flop. It's been a crazy few months for TOPE as he moved from The Bay to LA and back, and recently had his laptop and entire new album stolen at a show in San Francisco. Bouncing back the only way he knows how, TOPE connects with long time collaborators Stewart Villain and DJ Flip Flop as well as new comer Cash Campain for the soulful and boastful new anthem, "The Man." After getting personal with his last single THANK YOU, TOPE gets back to the bars on his latest release, with Cash Campain smoothing things out. Catch TOPE live this month with shows in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle + be sure to add your favorite TOPE joints to your Spotify playlist and spread the love.
After months of missing each other’s schedule, I finally got a chance to catch up with rising star and emcee, TOPE. If you didn’t already know, TOPE is dope and has been featured on W.Coast.K numerous times. Like HERE and HERE. If his music were wack (which it’s not), his work ethic would still put him on top. His professionalism and lack of ego in an ego driven industry is what stands out and sets him up for success.
Catch his exclusive W.Coast.K interview below to find his thoughts on the importance of building genuine relationships in the industry, how he knew he was meant to be a musician and the answer to the all too important question, “Kendrick or J.Cole.”
P.S. Don’t be a stranger when it comes to reaching out to TOPE, as you can find his contact info at the end of the interview
Read the full interview below:
Catch TOPE opening for Seattle's own Ryan Caraveo and HBK's Dave Steezy + special guests Thursday, January 12th at Brick + Mortar.
Tickets available HERE
And then the following night catch TOPE and Ryan Cararveo in LA with special guests, Friday, January 13th at The Mint.
Tickets available HERE.
Fresh off of "THANK YOU" his first release in over a year, TOPE teams up with Sofar Sounds to release "Rocky Live in San Francisco." A month after moving to LA, TOPE returned to SF to for an intimate, private show in the Presidio neighborhood. Performing classics from his discography as well as previewing his new single "The Man," TOPE jokes with the crowd and loosens up the audience with his stripped down performance of Rocky from the 2014 album, BROKEBOYSYNDROME.
Watch Rocky Live in San Francisco below and look out for more music dropping in 2017 from TOPE.
Where do I even begin?
First off, if you're reading this I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU for taking the time.
It's been a minute since I've released some new music and I can't lie, I've been nervous. I don't know how to exactly describe my feelings with my own music lately, but I know that I've been in my head a lot. With my last album, #BBS, I was very focused on the theme and what I wanted that album to say. Even if I didn't dig deep enough into my own story or if the concepts went over people's head, I still accomplished a lot of goals I set out for myself with that project. From there I felt some pressure to deliver, to keep up my momentum, and I started thinking too much, or maybe I didn't think enough in the past. I also really started to get affected heavily by everything happening in the U.S. recently with Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, and an increased sense of racism in the air. Like how can I be out here yelling "party and bullshit" when some real shit is happening every day, and I have an outlet to say something as rapper, and a white one at that.
Taking time to reflect on the last 9 years of releasing music, I just know moving forward I want my music to mean something. Even if I never reach the heights of success I once hoped for, I just want to make good music, music that people can resonate with and feel in their soul. Since I moved I've been taking a lot of time to figure out what I want my next step to be, musically and personally. When I decided to leave Portland for The Bay I didn't have a plan and that hindered my progression. I stopped releasing music, I detached myself from my former life, and just took a breath. The first year away from home I learned a lot about myself, tried to force myself to mature and deal with some of my own personal issues - most of them regarding my selfishness and how that affects the relationships in my life. Everything changed when I moved and I don't think I was ready for that.
To be honest I don't know when I wrote this song but I know it's something I've been feeling for a long time. The words "for all the times you doubted me, you know you brought the best out of me" seems like it's been a theme in my life, and probably for a lot of other people as well. With music, I always felt like I had to prove myself - to my city, to my family, to pretty much anyone that ever listened to my music or came out to a show. Even when I had success, I wanted more, I wanted to prove I could do it. I always wanted to prove my doubters wrong, prove I didn't need anybody, and I could win myself. I tried to use all the people that ever doubted me in life as my motivation, almost to the point where I started listening to the doubt and found myself fighting all my battles alone. I'm pretty stubborn I guess. I feel like this frame of mind can work, but only for so long until it becomes unhealthy, it's a fine line. For me THANK YOU speaks on a personal relationship in my life, our ups and downs, and wanting to prove my partner wrong whenever she said I wouldn't do this or do that. But it's not only this one relationship, it represents a lot of people in my life. Sometimes you really have to thank those people, or issues, that put you through hard times, because it makes you stronger in the end. Even if you can't see it at first, it's our adversities that shape as people, and lord knows I've see a couple of those in my life. For me this song is therapy, a reflection of the hard times that pushed me to get where I'm at today. And I still have so much more to work, so much more to accomplish but this is just a pause and a recognition, dedicated to anyone that has ever helped you in life, good or bad. THANK YOU wasn't really meant to be a single or anything but I just felt like the time was right with a lot of things that aren't going on in my life right now.
Hopefully you guys can relate.
Thank you to Stewart Villain for keeping me laced with beats, being an extremely talented artist, and good friend over the last few years. Shout out to Farnell Newton for being an inspiration, mentor, and overall a positive figure in general in the music community. (Farnell is my secret weapon man, I love hearing those horns on my songs!) Thank you to Erikka J for being such a professional and knocking out her parts super quickly and dealing with all my requests lol. Also shout out to DJ Flip Flop for mixing and Dyllyn Greenwood and the photo.
Hope you guys enjoy, sorry for the rant!