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Trippie Redd On J. Cole: “He’s One Of The GOATs”

Cole cited Trippie as one of his favorite new artists last month.

J. Cole made his opinions about certain aspects of rap’s new generation clear on his recent track “1985 (Intro To "The Fall Off”)," but he also expressed fandom for certain new rappers in a late-April interview with Vulture. One such artist is Ohio MC Trippie Redd, and as it turns out, the admiration is mutual.

In a new interview with Montreality, Trippie explained why he’s been a big fan of Cole since he was a kid:

I grew up listening to J. Cole, I just knew when he first came out, he’s one of the GOATs. He’s hard. He is a rapper, he gives you nothing but bars and lyrical play, which is amazing. He’s say some real shit and he’ll play around with it and give you real the shit the whole time. I really appreciate him and fuck with his music because he’s doing something for the culture. I don’t just listen to y'all other rappers, I play three songs like that, the rest of the time I’m playing rock music, J. Cole, Kanye.

Although Trippie is often grouped with mumble rappers due to the sound of his hits like “Bust Down” and “Love Scars,” he does have more traditionally lyrical songs that Cole may appreciate. In a 2017 interview with Pigeons & Planes, Trippie complained that his most lyrical songs are often his least popular, specifically pointing to A Love Letter To You’s “Can You Rap Like Me?” The track has the lowest number of SoundCloud streams for any song on the project. “It’s literally the most intelligent song I have on my tape, with the least amount of views,” he said. “I just want that to be known… I had so much lyrical wordplay in that song, and nobody gave me credit.” He later pointed to his verse on “Hellboy” as another example of his lyricism.

Cole has been critical of many new rappers, with “1985” seemingly directed at Lil Pump and Smokepurpp, but he’s also praised a few. In addition to Trippie, Cole cited XXXTENTACION and Lil Baby as two new artists whose music he enjoys, and his upcoming interview with Lil Pump shows that the North Carolina rapper may have even buried the hatchet with one of his young rivals. Clearly Trippie is already firmly in Cole’s camp, although it remains to be seen if the mutual fandom will result in a collaboration.

Check out the full interview above and catch up on all the lyrics to J. Cole’s “1985 (Intro to "The Fall Off”)" on Genius now.