This is the 5th full-length album from Ohio rapper & singer/songwriter Trippie Redd. Coming up in the 2017 off the first 2 installments of the A Love Letter to You mixtape series, the kid would continue to grow after dropping his full-length debut Life’s a Trip & then A Love Letter to You 3 the following year. However, the quality of his music started to take a nosedive given the mediocrity of ! & A Love Letter to You 4. If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Pegasus was a bloated mess & the Travis Barker-produced pop punk foray Neon Shark vs. Pegasus is barely better. 6 months later, Trippie is taking it back to basics with Trip at Knight.
“Molly Hearts” kicks things off a synth-heavy instrumental from Cashmere Cat talking about ecstasy if you couldn’t tell by the title already whereas the SoFaygo- assisted “MP5” speaks on being strapped despite the generic ass Pi’erre Bourne type beat that you can probably find on YouTube. “Betrayal” with Drake is nothing more than a bitter Kanye diss, but “Finish Line” later serves as an electronic tinged-lust tune just before Lil Uzi Vert tags along for the entrancing yet braggadocious “Holy Smokes”.
Meanwhile on “Super Cell”, we get a respectable tribute to the Dragon Ball Z series leading into the rowdy festival anthem “Miss the Rage” with Playboi Carti]. “Supernatural” is a 2-parter starting out by psychedelically telling this bitch to take a chill pill, but then switches up to an aggressive ode to his gang. “Demon Time” reuses the “*Givenchy” beat for Trippie & Ski Mask the Slump God to talk about how they don’t play games “Matt Hardy 999” finds him & the late Juice WRLD going back & forth with each other backed by some Neptunes-inspired synthesizers.
“Vibes” has a bit of a retro video game feel to the best bragging about getting that paper whereas “New Money” continues the themes of wealth except it’s much more cloudier. “Danny Phantom” is a half-assed reworking of “Ghostbusters” trying to milk off the late XXXTENTACION just before the futuristic, 2-minute “Space Time” calling out those who’re mad at him. The keyboard melodies on “Baki” are nice change of pace with Trippie opening up about his rockstar lifestyle while the song “iPhone” has one of the most skeletal instrumentals on the whole album & telling his homies to call him if they need anything.
The penultimate track “Rich Motherfucka” with Lil Durk & Polo G has a sinister piano loop with the trio showing off their wealth, but then “Captain Crunch is a fiery finisher to the album getting on the gangsta rap tip with assistance from some of the hottest MCs my city has to offer right now: Babyface Ray, Icewear Vezzo & Sada Baby.
Now I much rather prefer Trip at Knight than Pegasus & Neon Shark vs. Pegasus, but by a very small margin. I feel like the production is very samey for a good 90% of it’s 47 minute runtime & a good majority of the features are outshining Trippie himself both lyrically & vocally.