Trippie Redd has had to eat his words now that the sales projections for his new album, A Love Letter to You 5, have come in.
Released through 10K Projects and 1400 Entertainment, the final installment of the Ohio native’s mixtape series is set to sell somewhere in the region of 32,000 equivalent units in its first week.
Those numbers aren’t necessarily low or bad numbers but in the wake of these projections being released, an old and undated video of Trippie Redd has surfaced — and his comments in the clip have now become a point of contention.
“We about to put the Avengers together,” he said in the video. “If we don’t sell 30,000 in the first week together, n-gga, we gon’make a deal!”
The video has since earned the “Love Scars” rapper a roasting.
“In Texas I never heard anyone ask to play Trippie Redd,” wrote one Instagram commenter, while another said: “I’m a huge Trippie fan but damn that album was ass. Definitely his weakest. And I got excited he was going back to his older style.”
“Ain’t nothing passing the internet in todays time,” wrote a third person. “They gone make you eat whatever sh*t you was talking.”
But if Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 5 didn’t do the numbers it was projected to do, it’s not for lack of trying on his part.
Last month, the “Dark Knight Dummo” rapper unveiled the 19-song itinerary of ALLTY5, which features a deep roster of guest contributors, namely Corbin, Lil Wayne, Roddy Rich, The Kid Laroi, Tommy Lee Sparta, and Bryson Tiller. This is Redd’s second album of 2023, following MANSION MUSIK, which was released in January.
Redd has come a long way since his breakthrough in 2017. Talking to The New York Times for its 50th anniversary celebration piece on Hip Hop, the Ohio native broke down the origins of his eclectic sound and how it included a letter to his future “Betrayal” collaborator, Drake.
“My mom would listen to oldies, like, 2Pac, Biggie, JAY-Z, Ja Rule, that soulful sound,” he began. “And my dad listened to more like street underground from back in that era. People like Rich the Factor, Jadakiss, the Jacka and Ampichino, Fred the Godson. And then my uncle would listen to like more of the newer stuff, like [Lil] Wayne and Drake and [Young] Thug.
“On my own time, when it came to YouTube, I would go listen to like rock, so like Kiss and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I used to play Saints Row and they had a track on the game and it made me a fan.”