Trippie Redd always stood out. From his earliest recordings, the Atlanta-by-way-of-Ohio rapper took a pop sensibility, a punk attitude, trap beats, and something new and indefinable and put them together into a unique mix. After years of building a reputation through SoundCloud-driven free releases, Trippie is now just days away from dropping his debut album, Life’s a Trip. It’s been a long road to get here. Below are some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the journey.