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Michael Lamar White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Trippie Redd
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Trippie Redd in June 2018
Background information
Birth nameMichael Valdivia Zakes IV
Also known as
  • Lil 14
  • Big 14
  • Slippy Redd
Born (1999-06-18) June 18, 1999 (age 20)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Following his high school graduation, White moved to Atlanta, where he met rapper Lil Wop[6] and was eventually offered a record deal[7] with a professional recording studio.[8][7] White is best known for his songs "Love Scars", "Poles1469", featuring 6ix9ine, and "Dark Knight Dummo", featuring Travis Scott, with the former two songs both certified gold by the RIAA,[9] and the latter peaking at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as receiving platinum certification by the RIAA.[10] In July 2018, White announced his debut album would be titled Life's a Trip.[11] The album was released August 10, 2018[12][13] and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart selling 72,000 album-equivalent units.[14] White earned his highest Billboard 200 charting in November 2018 with the mixtape, A Love Letter to You 3, debuting at number three.[15]


Early lifeEdit

Michael White was born on June 18, 1999, in Canton, Ohio. His father, Michael Lamar White III, was in prison at the time of his birth, and his mother, Tonya White, was left to raise him as a single parent.[16] White grew up in Canton, though he moved to Columbus, Ohio, several times.[17] His interest in music began when his mother played Ashanti, Beyoncé, Tupac, and Nas while White was growing up. He later listened to artists such as T-Pain, KISS, Nirvana, Gucci Mane, Marilyn Manson and Lil Wayne.[17][16] White began rapping after being inspired by Taevion Williams, another rapper who went by the stage name Lil Tae.[17][18] White began taking his music career seriously and began recording music, releasing "Sub-Zero" and "New Ferrari" in 2014 but soon deleting those songs.[16]

Following his high school graduation, White moved to Atlanta, where he met rapper Lil Wop[19] and was eventually offered a deal with a record label.[20]


Trippe Redd performing in February 2018

Lil Wop helped White get started with a professional recording studio. They began working with Kodie Shane and recorded three projects, Awakening My Inner Beast, Beast Mode and Rock the World Trippie.[16][20] White eventually signed to the label Strainge Entertainment (now known as Elliot Grainge Entertainment) and relocated to Los Angeles.[18][21]

In May 2017, White released his debut mixtape, A Love Letter to You, with the lead single "Love Scars", which received more than 8 million views on YouTube within several months[22][23] and more than 13 million on SoundCloud.[24] White was included on XXXTentacion's album 17, on the song "Fuck Love", which peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.[25][26]

In October 2017, White released his second mixtape, A Love Letter to You 2.[27] The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard 200. Later that month, White released a collaboration EP with Lil Wop, Angels & Demons.[28]

On December 5, 2017, White released the song "Dark Knight Dummo", which features Travis Scott.[29] The song peaked at 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it White's first entry on the chart as a lead artist.[30] On December 25, 2017, White released the song "TR666" on his SoundCloud account, which features Swae Lee and was produced by Scott Storch.[31] The track was previewed on November 30.[32] White released "18" alongside Baauer, Kris Wu, Joji and Rich Brian.[33]

In an interview with Billboard in March 2018, White said his debut studio album would feature collaborations with Lil Wayne and Erykah Badu.[34] In July 2018, White announced his debut album would be titled Life's a Trip and be 26 tracks long; he later trimmed it to 16 tracks.[11] White released the singles "Me Likey" and "How You Feel" on June 22, 2018[35] and "Taking a Walk" on August 7, 2018.[36] Life's a Trip was released August 10, 2018[37][13] and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart,[14] with the single "Taking a Walk" debuting at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.



In April 2017, 6ix9ine featured on White's song "Poles1469" and in July 2017, he was also featured on White's song "Owee".[38] Following a post from a Twitter account claiming 6ix9ine was a pedophile, White denounced 6ix9ine, saying, "I'm sorry brozay, 1400 don't promote pedophiles... If we give niggas clout, we give niggas clout. It was an accident."[39] On November 11, 2017, White was attacked in a New York hotel and claimed that a member of 6ix9ine's team ambushed him.[40] 6ix9ine later insinuated his involvement, saying "I don't know what's going on, but your chin is bruised up. You can't just be out here calling people gay, bro. Can't be supporting false accusations, you can't be ranting on Live talking about New York. Fuck [what] these niggas talking about, New York this, New York that, like, you just can't do that bro. You should put some ice on that chin, it's bruised up. I feel bad bro... I just want you to be my friend again," before singing a hook from "Poles1469".[41] In February 2018, 6ix9ine was assaulted by several men outside of a Los Angeles airport[42] shortly after arguing with White on Instagram.[43] 6ix9ine and White continued to trade insults over social media in February 2018 and March 2018.[44]

In May 2018, 6ix9ine started a feud with rapper Tadoe and Chief Keef over allegations that Tadoe had abused artist Cuban Doll for talking to 6ix9ine. White supported Tadoe in the feud and went on to release a diss track toward 6ix9ine, "I Kill People", featuring Tadoe and Chief Keef.[45][46]

6ix9ine also accused White of having sexual relations with fellow rapper Danielle Bregoli, also known as Bhad Bhabie, who is a minor. White denied the charge. Bregoli denied it too, but admitted the two had kissed in the past: "We kissed but it wasn't that serious and he was 17 at the time."[47]


In October 2017, a preview of Drake's song "God's Plan" was shown on social media. The song originally featured White singing the hook and giving an additional verse.[48] The late Florida rapper Jahseh Onfroy, known by his stage name XXXTentacion, who had prior issues with Drake,[49] began to associate with 6ix9ine, to White's chagrin.[44] In March 2018, Onfroy "banned" White from Florida, promising to assault him if he attempted to enter the state. Onfroy apologized to White during a performance later that month, and the two reconciled after White accepted his apology.[50] White and Onfroy went on to collaborate on multiple occasions.

Following XXXTentacion's death on June 18, 2018, White dyed his hair in memory of the artist[51] and released "Ghost Busters", a collaboration with Quavo, XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God in memoriam.[52]

Personal lifeEdit

White is of partial Irish and Native American descent, but mainly African American.[53]

White claimed in March 2017 that he was worth $7 million and purchased his mother a $300,000 home.[54]

Legal issuesEdit

White was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia following an assault on rapper FDM Grady in late May 2018.[55] According to Grady, White and fellow rapper Lil Wop insulted Grady's girlfriend, leading Grady to draw a firearm briefly before engaging in a fist fight with White. At that point, Grady was attacked by four men including White and Wop.[56] White was arrested on charges of affray (public fighting), criminal trespass and simple battery.[citation needed] A few weeks later in early June, White was again arrested in Georgia on an assault charge for allegedly pistol-whipping a woman.[57]



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