Exclusive: Don Says Fame's Created An Everyday Trip, "I Don't Think I Spend 24 Hours In The Same Place"

Monday, Dec 12, 2011 1:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With the new "Letter to My Son" record invading radio waves across the nation, SOHH decided to reach out to Memphis rapper Don Trip to find out how he has taken in the sudden fame.

As his name continues to ring bells, Don said he has no plans of slowing down his grind.

"Everything's moving a bit more faster now, it's a bigger scale and I'm dealing with more people, so everything's really beeing moving fast," Trip told SOHH. "I'm trying to take my time and really doing everything I can do and not just what I'm supposed to do. I don't think I spend 24 hours in the same space too much [anymore]. I just left Tampa for Tallahassee and then [went from] Tallahassee to Atlanta back to Memphis and Memphis. I've got to keep it moving because nothing's promised for tomorrow. I need to get it while I can." (SOHH)

Don also said he still travels with cameras to document his rise to the top.

"Of course, of course. I mean, we're trying to show everything," Don added, confirming his daily life is still getting put into webisodes. "Really, when it comes to that, I want to show the things that artists never show. So we're showing everything." (SOHH)

The rapper has become widely known for his reflective "Letter to My Son" single.

The song is "Letter to My Son" and it is artful in its artlessness. The rhymes -- unlike in Trip's other best music -- are not creative. They are mundane: a lot of "to/through/you/do/too." But Trip -- real name, improbably, Chris Wallace, which he shares not only with the Memphis Grizzlies general manager but with late rap legend Notorious B.I.G. -- is speaking plainly here, from the wrong side of a contentious child-visitation battle. Addressing his son, Jaylen, then two-and-a-half-months old, Trip apologizes for his absence ("I don't get to see you like I want to/I just want to let you know I want to"), lashes out at the mother ("To get back at me she knows she gotta use you ... she don't understand that this sh*t will bruise you too"), references potential court hearings, details steps taken to straighten up his own life and rectify the situation and finally howls: "I just want to see my child." (Memphis Flyer)

Last month, Don opened up about inking a deal with Interscope Records through production duo Cool & Dre.

"As far as the deal, I met Frank Lopez from First Family Entertainment in Memphis through my DJ, DJ Larry Live. Frank told me about the relationship he had with Cool & Dre and they flew me down to Miami. We got to know each other a little bit and the chemistry worked so from that so felt it was a packaged deal of something to present to Interscope." (Hip Hop DX)

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