Bay Area-based Producer and Rapper TOPE returns with his second official single of 2018 “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.
Never Told You by TOPE
Stream “Never Told You” by TOPE:
Fan Link (All Platforms): https://fanlink.to/NEVERTOLDYOU
Also if you are in Portland, Oregon check out TOPE making his hometown return with legends Blu, and Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship Sunday, September 16th at Jack London Revue!
Faithful ft Blu & Abstract Rude
Apple Music / iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/faithful-feat-blu-abstract-rude-single/1410935415
Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/Faithful-feat-Blu-Abstract-Rude/dp/B07FFD47XK/
More Information on TOPE
Producer / Rapper TOPE is considered one of the top up and coming artists in the Northwest region and has been recently featured on XXL, The Source, 2DopeBoyz, Okayplayer, Jay-Z’s Life + Times, Hip Hop Wired, Hip Hop DX, and more for his album latest BROKE BOY SYNDROME. Since his debut album in 2010, TOPE has produced and/or collaborated with artists including Slum Village, Blu, Planet Asia, TiRon, Myka 9, Abstract Rude, Scarub of Living Legends, LMNO, and many more. With a commanding stage presence and energetic live show, TOPE has shared stages with hip-hop legends including Nas, Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, Run The Jewels, Deltron 3030, Big KRIT, Dom Kennedy, Black Milk, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Digable Planets, Hieroglyphics, Aesop Rock, The Coup, People Under The Stairs, Macklemore and countless others. In early 2014 TOPE also gained attention from Soul icon Erykah Badu herself for his TAKE YOUR TIME music video.
Recently, TOPE has relocated to the Bay Area and briefly toured with Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious.