Amir Tripp - "Hardball"


Hailing from Chicago, rapper Amir Tripp just dropped some impressive vibes at the end of January. His newest single co-produced by Zay Rock, combines Drake-style verse rhythms with a strong trombone ringing refreshing infectious staccato notes over a simple 808 hip-hop beat.

Tripp drew his inspiration from the Brian Robbin’s directed movie, “Hardball,” of which the song is named after. This track starts out with a sample from one of the most memorable scenes in the film; Conor O’Neill (Keanu Reeves) sits around a table with his all-inner city kids’ baseball team. They all chant in a sing-song way, “We’re goin’ to the ship! We’re goin’ to the ship” (“ship” here short for championship).

This song demands the audience to sing along with its clear and catchy repetitive melodies in the chorus, “Fake n*ggas I swear I’m allergic, fake n*ggas I swear I’m allergic,” and “Young boy, I was born with the world, young boy I was born taking risks.”

Tripp is releasing a mixtape called PYRO next month, on March 9th. Check out his other releases here on SoundCloud:

What’s the story or inspiration behind this song?

It’s inspired by the movie Hardball but also by my actual life. Hardball is more so the theme but in the lyrics I’m reflecting on my real experiences.

For those that are new to your music, what is something you want them to know about you?

I produce the majority of my music under my producer alias MR HEAVY. Zay Rock is my co-producer who also puts his imprint on every track. We work like the neptunes.

Who are your musical influences?

3 Stacks, Ye, CUDI, Curren$y and Drake.

What do you like to do on a day off from music?

Binge watch Game of Thrones, Westworld, Peaky Blinders. Those are some of my current favorites.


Connect with Amir Tripp at:

IG: @amirtripp

Twitter: @amirtripp

Facebook: @AMIRTRIPP6


Written by: Ashley Avicolli

IG: @ashleyavicolli