Download: Trife “The Project Pope”
Download Trife “The Project Pope”
You might want to listen to track #1, “I’m Sayin it Now,” produced by yours truly.
You all remember Trife, right? He’s the dude who’s been (pause) holding Ghostface down since Supreme Clientele dropped in ’99. He appeared on Toney Starks next LP, Bulletproof Wallets, making a name for himself with his verse from “The Juks” (produced by, go figure, Alchemist). Since then he’s basically been seen as the Wallabee Champ’s right hand man. One might argue that Trife became the Ying that Raekwon once was to Ghostface’s Yang.
Trife’s always been looked at as the Theodore Unit’s most well-rounded member. He displayed that on the group’s compilation project compilation 718 (Sure Shot Recordings) back in 2004, then again on Put It On The Line, a collabo CD/DVD that dropped with Ghostface in 2005. Later, he’d put in solid appearances on Ghost’s solo projects Fishscale (2006), More Fish (2006), and The Big Doe Rehab (2007), respectively.
I merely cite all of that info because it needs to be understood that Trife is not necessarily a new artist. The guy’s been on more albums and rocked more stages in more countries than your average blog rapper. He’s getting ready to drop a proper solo LP in late July called Better Late Than Never, but as a warm-up to the project he just released a mixtape with Tapemasters Inc. called The Project Pope.
Now honestly, some of this music’s been floating around the net for a while, or appeared on various LPs, so to those in tune with the guy’s catalog, I guess you’ll just have to wait for the new album to drop to hear newer songs.
As for the particular tune produced by me, I think that was cut some time around 2005. That beat came out of a batch of tracks I cooked up after spending some time hanging out with Jay-Z’s former producer Ski Beatz. A lot of people referenced that beat (True story: that’s just a 2track, no mix), but what nobody has ever really detected about it, which is one of the reasons why I’m not so crazy about it in retrospect, is that it’s in mono. Such a crazy sample, but it’s not even in stereo!