Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

All in the Game 

Rapper TOPE comes to Bend

TOPE moved from Portland to Oakland to make a dent in the rap game. Photo by Dyllyn Greenwood.

TOPE moved from Portland to Oakland to make a dent in the rap game. Photo by Dyllyn Greenwood.

Portland-born rapper/producer Anthony "Tope" Anderson is on the way up. Since his debut in 2010, he has collaborated with some of the best names in hip-hop music including Abstract Rude, Scarub, Myka 9 and Slum Village. He's shared the stage with names like Aesop Rock, Talib Kweli, Run the Jewels, Black Milk and Digable Planets. This year, he is poised to blow up with the release of his upcoming record, "3AM in Oakland." TOPE just relocated from Portland to Oakland last year and will come through Bend next month on his tour.

The Source Weekly: How has the Portland rap scene influenced you?

TOPE: There's so many people in the Portland scene who have helped me along the way. I wouldn't be the artist I am without Portland and everything I experienced there. I think that's one of the great things about the scene there is that it's not hard to tap in, meet everyone, start doing shows and network. I used to hate on how small Portland was when I lived there, but after I moved I started to understand that's one of the things that makes it great. People are actually pretty open to hearing new artists and it seems to be doing better than ever right now. Portland's rap scene challenged me because I didn't always feel accepted and I still don't. I feel like I had to make a lot of things happen myself while a lot of people doubted me, but it was good for me.

SW: Who are some of your influences?

TOPE: My influences musically are all over the board, really. I guess most recently I really like Chance the Rapper's new album, Kanye's album, Bryson Tiller, Dom Kennedy, Drake. J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Quik as some of my main influences, as well as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, The Flaming Lips, Fela Kuti. I think Terrace Martin is definitely underrated, he's a genius musically as well as Elzhi, Jerreau of Fly Union, SZA.

SW: What do you think the average person doesn't understand about the rap game?

TOPE: I don't think the average person understands how expensive it is for artists to even put out music and do it well, especially. Studio time, production, mixing, mastering, videos, artwork, merchandise, it goes on and on. It's really expensive to be an artist and do it well. It's a lot of work to do it right, that's why it takes me so long to put out new music.

SW: What can someone expect from one of your shows who hasn't heard your music before?

TOPE: If you've never heard my music and you come to a show you can expect I'm going to engage with you. I might call you out. I'm gonna make you put your hands up and yell and have a good time. At first you might be unsure, but by the end of the set you'll get it. I've had to open for so many shows I know how to get the party started, that's my specialty now.

TOPE's rhymes and flows don't abstractly scramble words like Aesop Rock or take a bite out of the gangsta lean like Riff-Raff; instead he is the rapper across the way. His rhymes focus on what led him into the rap game (being broke and hungry), not what he thinks the game will do for him. The 3AM Tour will cover 23 cities in 28 days from June 1 to 28, and Bend falls right in the middle of the tour, with TOPE playing at the Astro Lounge on June 15.

TOPE

www.itstope.com

Wednesday, June 15, 8 p.m.

The Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St., Bend

$5

Related Locations

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Trending in the Alternative Press

Newsletter Signup

Cascades Reader Logo Cascades Reader

Get your daily dose of news for Central Oregon and beyond, delivered to your inbox five days a week. Powered by the Source Weekly.

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • It's in Their Blood

    • Jun 19, 2019
    Ahead of their show at 4 Peaks, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers talks about growing up in a musical family More »
  • Four Picks for 4 Peaks

    • Jun 19, 2019
    The Source's music writer calls out some acts you need to see More »
  • AUSTN Coming Home

    • Jun 12, 2019
    The 16-year-old singer is fresh off his debut EP and ready for Bendites to hear his music More »
  • More »

More by Jared Rasic

  • Small-Town Lives

    Small-Town Lives

    "Phoenix, Oregon" captures the beauty in the mundane
    • Jun 19, 2019
  • From First to Last

    From First to Last

    "Dark Phoenix" tries to reignite the X-franchise
    • Jun 12, 2019
  • A-Ska-Calypse Now

    A-Ska-Calypse Now

    Local filmmaker creates a documentary about the ska music genre
    • Jun 5, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Universally Shared

    Universally Shared

    Cloverdayle, a Nashville duo with Bend roots, shares its latest single, "Scars."
    • Nov 30, 2017
  • Statewide Cred

    Statewide Cred

    Joe Rohrbacher of Just Joe's Music and Jazz at Joe's receives the Oregon Music Educators Association's Outstanding Contributor Award
    • Jan 24, 2018

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation