Derek Pope has been a friend and collaborator since his days Upstairs. From voyaging around NYC to exploring the back hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, our captures span coast to coast. With his new music on the horizon, we watched the sunrise and shot some press stills.
His latest release We’re All Strangers debuted last week and is another testament of top shelf wizardry. Pope’s lyricism & production have always been on point, but this project transcends to another dimension. From start to finish the listen is refreshing & hella developed, trippy euphonies amalgamated with philosophical sauce. Every joint is a gem but “Levels” & “Sleep Like Owls” are my favorite, relate to these on multiple… “Do U Even Want To See The Future” asks just that, but in the best way. The party slap has to be “All the Time,” although I initially pictured young fuckbois in pink dreadlocks bouncing around with double cups to this, I ended up enjoying it sober or even more while lifted. “Student Loans” couldn’t be a more accurate testimony to the uncertainty & speculation most college alumni feel post graduation.
The project is another win for Top Floor Music Group, watch the squad’s elevation continue to rise this Year of the Dog.
Be sure to cop this masterpiece on iTunes , for those on a budget stream the soundcloud link below.
Album cover by Farid