Trip Lee releases new 10-track mixtape, ‘The Waiting Room’, and is ‘still unashamed’.
‘The Waiting Room’ is the first taste of new music from Trip Lee since his fifth LP ‘Rise’ dropped in 2014, debuting at No.2 on the Billboard Rap Chart and No.16 on the Billboard 200.
Throughout the 10 songs on the mixtape, Trip wrestles with joy and pain, life and death, and the realities of our current social and political climate. His new project is an exercise in power and precision. Though its title speaks to things like patience and contentment, the urgency is also deeply felt. “This earth is a place where all of our longings just won’t come true,” Trip says. “We’re always waiting for things to be made right.”
As a treat for his extensive fan base, Trip took to Facebook Live to preview a handful of tracks off the mixtape a few hours ahead of its official release. During the broadcast, he took questions from viewers, and also chatted with various contributors to the project, including producers GAWVI and Alex Medina. When asked, “What is your favourite track on the mixtape?” he answered,
“My favourite right now is ‘I Don’t Know’, a song where I’m talking about the difficulties of life. I’m just kinda lamenting, complaining about the difficult stuff about life, and really crying out to God like, ‘Why don’t You hear me? Do You hear our call? Do You still answer prayers?’ It’s that kind of wrestle.”