Back in 2012, Trip Lee pulled a Jay Z. After steadily building a devoted fanbase, the Dallas-born, D.C.-representing vet on Lecrae’s Reach Records imprint told his followers he was “stepping away” from music after four well-received albums. And just like Jay Z, the 26-year-old lyricist is back.
His anticipated fifth album, Rise, finds Trip linking with dope beatmaker Gawvi to uplift his listeners.
“Rise has a lot of different meanings,” he explains. “It’s a call-to-action to rise from the dead and actually live. We’re born spiritually dead, and I’m calling for everyone to become spiritually alive. Secondly, don’t wait until later to live the way you were created. God created you to honor Him, find joy, and serve others. Don’t sleep on that. Lastly, rise above the low expectations people have.”
While Trip’s flows at times recall Kanye or Kendrick, the album bumps on its own right, boosted by Lecrae, Andy Mineo and Leah Smith guest features.
Ahead of Rise‘s Oct. 28 release date (next Tuesday), Trip Lee brings you an early listen of his project. Check out the tracklist and stream below; you can pre-order the LP on iTunes here.
Update: Rise is available for retail now! Cop the album here.