With the every changing revolving door of rappers coming in and out of the game, it’s difficult for a newcomer to get noticed. There was once a time when you could say whatever you wanted to say, you didn’t have to fit into a mold, you could just be yourself. These days things have changed. Although hip-hop and rap music used to have very clear separation in terms of the types of artists and skill sets that were needed to be considered one of the other, in current times those lines have become blurred.
Free expression has given way to style and image. MC skills have become less about dope bars, metaphors, ill cadences and clever hooks and more about where you’re from, how you were raised, how much money you have, how many women you got, how much dope you use and sell and how hard you are. Hip-hop has always been considered to be an aggressive form of music, as it was born to serve as an alternate to guns, fist fighting and gang violence.
Early 90’s artist such as A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Dela Soul, Mos Def, Common and Talib Qweli, (just to name a few) took hip-hop in a different direction and showed people that you could use the platform to express consciousness, to educate people, and be braggadocios all at the same time. They made it fun and innovated the art into a culture.
Fast forward to now and you see a huge change in the trend of hip-hop taking a back seat to rap music, art and culture taking a back seat to technology and capitalism and free speech being pushed aside for trends and pop imagery. A music genre that was almost completely dominated by blacks has been infiltrated by other races and cultures who too wanted to use the platform to express themselves. Some say that the more diverse the nationalities of rappers got, the more diluted and watered down the sound became citing rappers like Vanilla Ice and even Eminem as being culture vultures. Be that as it may, the two of them went on to become hugely successful and have broken ground for a long line of non-black rappers to blaze their way through the rap music industry.
This is not a new story and I’m sure that none of the things thus far mentioned in this blog, you don’t already know. The short background was given to set up the introduction of a young 14 year old, white kid from the suburbs who lives a good life, comes from a great home, has great parents, whom has no gang ties, is not a dope dealer or user, does not tote guns and is pretty much just an all around good kid who just so happens to have a passion for trap music and rapping. The kid I’m speaking of goes by the name of Trillz and yes, he raps about all of the things that I just sat here and told you he’s NOT. This leads me to the answer tfor the question that I know you’re dying to ask…WHY IN THE HELL IS HE RAPPIN’ ABOUT THESE THINGS WHEN HE’S NOT REALLY ABOUT THAT LIFE?!!! Well, the answer is rather simple, because he, (much like most other artists in the music industry) was influenced by the music that he grew up listening to and admired.
Now before you get ready to throw a brick through your computer screen because of what you just read, take a little time to read further. When you hear his music without being able to put a face to it, you’ll feel right at home as it fits right in with some of your favorite rappers that you listen to everyday. However, when you learn that he’s a 14 year old white kid who has most likely never even seen a trap, much less have the nerve to rap about that life, all of a sudden “everyone in the room starts to feel so uncomfortable” (Drake).
When the 15 second promo clip of the song “Gang Gang Out da’ Window” was released on social media, people spared Lil’ Trillz no mercy and immediately started sending foul comments, calling him out, insulting him and his family, harassing and disrupting me his producer, and even issuing threats of violence. This all from people who actually know him personally and seemed to be consumed by what I cannot call anything other than jealousy and envy once they learned that he was seriously pursuing a professional career as a rapper.
The may lay didn’t stop there, as many, (to my surprise) other white rappers wasted no time to express their dislike of this kid who’s only crime was rapping about a life style whom even they themselves knew nothing about. Accusations of being fake, being told that his music is trash, being compared to Vanilla Ice and Slim Baby Jesus, and the list goes on came at Trillz at a level typically reserved for much more popular and established artists in the industry. One would ask themselves, “why would a kid continue on in the face of such ridicule?” As a grown man, I didn’t even have an answer to that question but then a strange thing happened. All of a sudden a day or two after the promo was released, his popularity began to rise. What I thought would surely spell disaster for the release of his 1st single and EP actually turned into an ever increasing number of views and likes on his social media platforms. After the naysayers were done with their tyrannical crucifixion of this little guy and they saw that he did not back down, held his ground and literally said “F-it, I’m gonna do this shit anyway” people started to rally behind him and hop on the Trillz train.
Literally rapping about the same life style that most of your favorite rappers talk about and most likely don’t actually live anymore, (even if they did previously) with the only difference being the fact that he is a 14 year old white kid doing it, got the book thrown at him. It was at that moment that something much deeper than music began to resonate with me. This is truly the world we live in, it’s not pretty, it’s ugly and not actually being from the trap and growing up in the suburbs does not mask the fact that as soon as you set foot outside of suburbia, this is what is influencing the youth.
At a time when bullying and school shootings are at an all time high, what do you expect the mentality of teenager to be these days? The overall tone of present day music is dark, cloudy, and depressing as if the music itself is on Mollies, Cocaine and Xanex. This is the state of mind that today’s generation is in and until something much bigger than you or I changes that, this is just the way it is.
While Trillz could’ve decided to come with positivity and hope in his songs, messages like that to the ears of those not willing to hear them would’ve fallen short. I take solice in the fact that at such a young age, Trillz was mature enough to discern the fact that what he is doing is just entertainment and I think I speak for his parents when I say, “better him rap about it, than to actually live it”.
Most artist developers would’ve opted to turn a guy like Trillz into a rapping Justin Beiber but, gone are the days that even young children would appeal to that pop, bubble gum type of music. Young teens are into adult content and no matter how much you try to shelter them from it, they seek it. The fact is most people out here think that they want authenticity when the reality is, they just want what goes against the grain. Whether you like Trillz’ music or not, even if you want to say that he’s a poser. One thing is for sure, Trillz’ shit goes against the grain and he brought forth a familiar flavor in a package that you wouldn’t expect.
Thank you for reading and we invite you to see what the hype is all about by checking out his brand new music video, “Gang Gang Out da’ Window”. Be on the look out for the forth coming EP “On Top Life”, dropping this summer 2018. CLICK HERE to visit the official Trillz web page where you can stream and purchase his music, view his video and learn more about this crazy little trap rapper.