Michael Lamar White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.
Following his high school graduation, Trippie Redd moved to Atlanta, where he met rapper Lil Wop and was eventually offered a record deal with a professional recording studio. Trippie Redd is best known for his songs "Love Scars", "Poles1469", featuring 6ix9ine, and "Dark Knight Dummo", featuring Travis Scott, with the former two songs both certified gold by the RIAA, and the latter peaking at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as receiving platinum certification by the RIAA. In July 2018, Trippie Redd announced his debut album would be titled Life's a Trip. Life's a Trip was released August 10, 2018 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart selling 72,000 album-equivalent units.
Michael White was born on June 18, 1999, in Canton, Ohio. Michael's father, Michael Lamar White III, was in prison at the time of his birth, and his mother, Tonya White, was left to raise him as a single parent. White grew up in Canton though he moved to Columbus, Ohio, several times. White's interest in music began when his mother played Ashanti, Beyoncé, Tupac, and Nas when White was growing up and it led to him later listening to artists such as T-Pain, KISS, Nirvana, Gucci Mane, Marilyn Manson and Lil Wayne. White began rapping after being inspired by Taevion Williams, another rapper who went by the stage name Lil Tae. Williams later died in a car crash. White began taking his music career seriously and began recording music, releasing "Sub-Zero" and "New Ferrari" in 2014, soon deleting those songs.
Following his high school graduation, White moved to Atlanta, where he met rapper Lil Wop and was eventually offered a deal with a record label.
Lil Wop helped White get started with a professional recording studio, where he began working with Lil Wop together with Kodie Shane and recorded three projects titled Awakening My Inner Beast, Beast Mode and Rock the World Trippie. White eventually signed to the label Strainge Entertainment (now known as Elliot Grainge Entertainment) and relocated to Los Angeles.
In May 2017, White released his debut mixtape, A Love Letter to You, with the lead single "Love Scars", which received more than 8 million views on YouTube within several months. and more than 13 million on SoundCloud. White was included on XXXTentacion's album 17, on the song "Fuck Love" which peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In October 2017, White released his second mixtape, A Love Letter to You 2. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard 200. Later in the month, White released a collaboration EP with Atlanta rap artist Lil Wop titled Angels & Demons.
On December 5, 2017, White released the song "Dark Knight Dummo", which features Travis Scott. The song peaked at 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it White's first entry on the chart as a lead artist. On December 25, 2017, White released the song "TR666" on his SoundCloud account, which features Swae Lee and was produced by Scott Storch. The track was previewed on November 30. White released "18" alongside Baauer, Kris Wu, Joji and Rich Brian.
In an interview with Billboard in March 2018, White said his debut studio album would feature collaborations with Lil Wayne and Erykah Badu. In July 2018, White announced his debut album would be titled Life's a Trip and be 26 tracks long; however he later trimmed the length to 16 tracks instead. White released the singles "Me Likey" and "How You Feel" on June 22, 2018 and "Taking a Walk" on August 7, 2018. Life's a Trip was released August 10, 2018 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, with the single "Taking a Walk" debuting at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In April 2017, 6ix9ine featured on Trippie Redd's song "Poles1469" and in July 2017, he was featured on the Trippie Redd song "Owee". Following a post from a Twitter account claiming 6ix9ine was a pedophile, White denounced 6ix9ine, saying "I'm sorry brozay, 1400 don't promote pedophiles... If we give niggas clout, we give niggas clout. It was an accident." On November 11, 2017, White was attacked in a New York hotel and whilst speaking on it using Instagram's livestream feature, claimed that a member of 6ix9ine's team ambushed him, 6ix9ine later insinuated his involvement by saying "I don't know what's going on, but your chin is bruised up. You can't just be out here calling people gay, bro. Can't be supporting false accusations, you can't be ranting on Live talking about New York. Fuck (what) these niggas talking about, New York this, New York that, like, you just can't do that bro. You should put some ice on that chin, it's bruised up. I feel bad bro... I just want you to be my friend again," before singing a hook from his collaboration with Redd, "Poles1469". In February 2018, 6ix9ine was assaulted by several men outside of a Los Angeles airport shortly after arguing with White on Instagram. 6ix9ine and White continued to trade insults over social media in February 2018 and March 2018.
In May 2018, 6ix9ine started a feud with rapper Tadoe and Chief Keef over artist Cuban Doll over allegations that Tadoe had abused Cuban Doll for talking to 6ix9ine. White supported Tadoe in the feud and went on to release a diss track towards 6ix9ine titled "I Kill People" featuring Tadoe and Chief Keef.
6ix9ine also accused White over Instagram Live of having sexual relations with fellow rapper Danielle Bregoli, also known as the artist Bhad Bhabie, who is a minor. White denied the claims, and reiterated 6ix9ine's conviction for use of a child in sexual performance. Bregoli also took to Instagram Live to deny the claims, but did admit the two had kissed in the past: "We kissed but it wasn't that serious and he was 17 at the time."
In October 2017, a preview of the song "God's Plan" by Drake was shown on social media. The song originally featured Trippie Redd singing the hook and giving an additional verse. Frequent collaborator, late Florida rapper Jahseh Onfroy, known by his stage name as XXXTentacion, who had prior issues with Drake, began to associate with New York rapper 6ix9ine to the chagrin of White. In March 2018, Onfroy "banned" White from Florida, promising to assault him if he attempted to enter the state. Onfroy later apologized to White during a performance later that month, leading the two to reconcile after White accepted his apology via a post on his Instagram account. White and Onfroy would go on to collaborate with each other on multiple occasions.
Following XXXTentacion's death, White dyed his hair in memory of the artist and released "Ghost Busters", a collaboration with Quavo, XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God in memoriam.
White is of partial Irish and Native American descent, but mainly African American.
White claimed in March 2017 that he was worth $7 million and purchased his mother a $300,000 home.
White was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia following an assault on rapper FDM Grady in late May 2018. According to Grady, White and fellow rapper Lil Wop insulted Grady's girlfriend, leading Grady to draw a firearm briefly before engaging in a fist fight with White. At that point, Grady was attacked by four men including White and Wop. White was arrested on charges of affray (public fighting), criminal trespass and simple battery. A few weeks later in early June, White was again arrested in Georgia on an assault charge for allegedly pistol-whipping a woman.
• Life's a Trip (2018)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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