Originally from Canton, Ohio, rapper Trippie Redd (also known as Lil 14) first emerged in 2015 with a series of online tracks that hinted early on at the versatile style he would come to develop, one that blended elements of cloud rap and trap influenced by T-Pain, Gucci Mane, and Lil Wayne with the energy of punk and metal inspired by Kiss and Marilyn Manson.
Born Michael Lamar White IV in 1999, he was still a teenager when his rap career started, and he began releasing mixtapes and videos that would eventually lead him to viral Internet success and a deal with the Universal-distributed label Strainge Entertainment. After working on mixtapes like 2016's Beast Mode and Awakening My InnerBeast, White delivered his most involved work with 2017's A Love Letter to You, which reached the Top 100 of the Billboard 200.
He soon relocated from Ohio to Los Angeles as his fame grew. A Love Letter to You 2 followed, and debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. That same month, he joined with Lil Wop for the EP Angels & Demons. Before the end of the year, he scored his first Hot 100 entry with the Travis Scott-assisted single "Dark Knight Dummo."
In 2018, White issued the singles "Wish," "How You Feel," "Me Likey," and the Julia Michaels collaboration "Jump," followed in 2019 by "Under Enemy Arms." ~ Fred Thomas & Neil Z. Yeung