• Stew Mitchell

STRIPE Is Ready To Get Shit Done In New EP "GSD"

STRIPE isn’t afraid to branch out.

The Netherlands-born, Mexico-based rapper STRIPE has been steadily releasing music for the past 2 years, and he only seems to be picking up the pace in 2022. His latest project, GSD, kicks off the year with a burst of joy. The EP’s 7 tracks boast production as colorful as the tape’s cover art (designed by frequent collaborator dontoverdoit), and its short runtime is packed full of youthful energy.

The project’s first single, No Controlling Me, feels like a mission statement for STRIPE’s entire approach to music. Produced by Eli Davis, this banger immediately gets bodies moving, and STRIPE matches the vibe with a carefree anthem about being independent and persevering in the face of forces meant to keep you down. The track features 724x, and although it marks the pair’s first collaboration, their chemistry is already infectious.

The collaborative spirit on the EP's opener can be seen throughout the entirety of GSD. In addition to collaborations with Eli Davis and 724x, the project also features another Neverending Mixtape alumnus: callmevince (formerly VZN), on standout Love To My. The duo takes heavy cues from Mac Miller, and the late rapper’s legacy can be felt through their triumphant spirit.

“[Working with] all these collaborators not only let me come out of my box… it pushed me to write better [and to] get better production. I [knew that I] needed to level up if I wanted to even come close to the talent they produce.” STRIPE says that he felt the need to work with this group, “not just on this project, but for years to come. Their potential has no barriers.”

Listen to GSD now on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and wherever else you get music.


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