Trippie Redd’s 2016 hit, “Love Scars,” cast a wide and suffocating shadow. The devastating and psychedelic song was a perfect distillation of the growing influence of pop punk, emo, metal, and grunge on the youngest generation of rap hopefuls. Redd’s breakout mixtape, A Love Letter To You, quickly thrust the Canton, Ohio rapper into the spotlight, warts and all.

Unfortunately (though predictably), he floundered. Beef with 6ix9ine ignited. A long-rumored feature on Drake’s “God’s Plan” fell through. A Love Letter To You 2 received lukewarm and tepid responses. Worst of all, Redd was arrested twice for separate alleged assaults.

Thankfully, the 19-year-old Midwesterner not only survived the pressure, but thrived. Trippie Redd’s debut studio album, Life Is A Trip, is a coronation and course correction. The project saw the crimson-haired rapper stretch his talents far and wide. It features Lil Wayne-inspired streams of conscious (“Missing My Idols”), melodic jams (“Forever Ever” featuring Young Thug and Reese LAFLARE), and raucous bangers (“Dark Knight Dummo” featuring Travis Scott). The album debuted at no. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 72,000 in its first week, proving that Redd’s star is slowly rising.