RELEASE OF THE WEEK: ROPS1 'TRUST ME'
Words by Christopher Kevin Au
Of all the newcomers in the local scene, Rops1 has commanded the most attention, and with good reason. Over the past year, the 19-year-old emcee has dropped raw videos on pivotal YouTube channels like One Love Creations and Body Bag Media, including collaborations with like-minded artists like HAZRD (Yeah Dat!) and earning co-signs from various scene veterans. Collectively, his small catalogue of videos have earned hundreds of thousands of views and his latest offering, 'Trust Me' arrives again via the One Love team, mixed and mastered by Brisbane powerhouse Nerve.
On 'Trust Me,' Rops1 boasts about his "low brim hat, tracksuit to match" and that should indicate what type of music he's engaging in: No-nonsense, underground raps that allows his rapid, robotic flows to steal the show. Just in case you needed more specific clarification, he also states that "I do drill and I still do grime/It don't matter what I do 'cause I still get love." He's another artist taking strong influence from the UK scene, but makes enough references to his home of Macquarie Fields to garner the praise of locals; trailblazer Kerser, who came to prominence in the nearby Campbelltown, has already thrown his support behind 'Trust Me' since its release last night.
With its brooding drill instrumental and understated hook, 'Trust Me' is unapologetically gritty and the perfect canvas for Rops1 to flex his notable achievements thus far. Still, as proud as he is of his young career, the song acts as a precursor of what's to come for Rops1; "Believe it or not, give me one year and I'll be sitting on top." Given his trajectory in the past few months, it's a claim that's entirely believable. 'Trust Me' is a weighty slab of bravado that makes brief references to his past poverty, brushes with the law and roots in Macquarie Fields; and it will be interesting to see if Rops1 delves further into these stories as he develops as an artist.
Take 'Trust Me' as a glaring mission statement from Rops1, and a promise of his incoming dominance of the underground. Sit back and enjoy the flows: