Today, May 15, marks the moment Smokepurpp, one of the very brightest rising stars in all of the Gunshine State, turns 21. Now, the rapper can finally turn-up legally.
Purpp hasn’t been on the scene all that long, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a bonafide superstar. After beginning his music career in high school—he was a producer, before he picked up a mic—Purpp eventually made his way to rapping after he found that people weren’t buying his beats. His first serious forays into rap materialized in 2015 when he dropped off tracks like his XXXTentacion-assisted banger, “Live Off a Lick.”
Gradually building up from his relatively humble beginnings, Purpp’s buzz would continue to grow over the course of several months leading up to the summer of 2016. It was during that summer he’d drop off tracks like “Ski Mask” and “WOKHARDT,” two songs that would eventually combine to reach close to 9 million views on YouTube. The thing is, he was still just getting started.
Fast-forward a year or so, Purpp had signed a joint deal with Interscope and Alamo Records in March 2017 after accumulating millions upon millions of streams on YouTube. That fall, months after he dropped “Audi,” his biggest single up to that point, Purpp would unleash his debut commercial mixtape, Deadstar.
Since then, Purpp’s collabed with the likes of Travis Scott, Offset, A$AP Ferg, Lil Yachty and numerous others as he’s walked his path to rap game dominance. On April 13, he teamed with production phenom Murda Beatz for a joint project by the name of Bless Yo Trap. With Murda’s hard tracks at his back and all the momentum of his millions of cross-platform streams, Purpp continued to make his name one known across the rap game. The project ultimately birthed “123,” a track that earned nearly 50 million streams online and became one of Purpp’s biggest tracks to date. Now, Purpp’s hard at work on his next solo offering, which should be pretty crazy.
With even-toned delivery, affinity for ominous, Lo-Fi instrumentals and content that relates to the turn-up and the toting of ratchets, Purpp is a distinctive listen that typifies South Florida’s cloud rap scene. Speaking with XXL for The Break, though, he said his style isn’t one that can be put into a box.
“My style is too versatile to be compared to anybody,” he explained.” It’s different things. I got stuff that sounds like you can mosh to and then I got stuff that sounds like you could make love to. And then I got shit that sounds like 2020, futuristic. So it’s hard to compare me to another artist when everything is not the same. You can’t really compare to another artist.” Word.
Happy Birthday, Purpp, and here’s to many, many more, dude!
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