Honorable C.N.O.T.E. Never Heard Trippie Redd's Music Before Placing "Dark Knight Dummo" Beat

"He was like, 'Nah bro, I gotta put you up on what I do.'"

On Tuesday, Canton, Ohio rapper Trippie Redd made his debut on the Billboard Hot 100, entering the chart at No. 72 with the Travis Scott-assisted "Dark Knight Dummo." 

The record is the first collaboration between Redd and the song's producer, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., who crafted the beat during an Instagram Live session earlier this year.

"I was sitting on that beat for a couple months before the homie Fooly Faime came by the crib and heard it," C.N.O.T.E. says.

Faime, a Dallas rapper, had been telling C.N.O.T.E. about Trippe's music and sudden rise for weeks, but the veteran Atlanta-based producer never made time to listen to his music amidst his hectic work schedule. That all changed several weeks later, however, when C.N.O.T.E got a call from Faime prior to a trip to Los Angeles.

"Fooly told me to pull up to the studio," C.N.O.T.E recalls. "When I went to the studio, I wasn’t up on Trippie's music yet. I just went in there playing beats without hearing his music. He was like, 'Nah bro, I gotta put you up on what I do.'"

Redd played "In Too Deep" and a freestyle that "was on some 'Lil Wayne shit'" for C.N.O.T.E., who says he was immediately blown away. "I was like, 'This nigga fire,' he got a voice like a '90s rock singer but he can rap too. That’s a crazy combination."

And the rest, as they say, is history. Redd selected the "Dark Knight Dummo" beat from C.N.O.T.E. and a short while later, secured Scott as the guest feature and hired Mike Dean to mix the record.

As for Honorable C.N.O.T.E., in addition to adding another Billboard charting record to his catalog, he is currently working on a tape with Decatur rapper Tracy T and an album of his own.

"I just been working and not keeping score," C.N.O.T.E. says. "I’m just tryna get better for real."


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