The local reggae/hip-hop/funk act Tropidelic formed in 2008 in Kent and built a following after self-distributing over 10,000 free copies of its self-produced first EP, Rebirth of the Dope. After releasing its second EP, Tree City Exodus, and relocating to Cleveland, the group has gained some traction and opened for acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, the Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Soja, the Wailers and Flobots.
The band’s anticipated new album, Heavy is the Head, comes out on Nov. 10, and the group has just made the disc available for preorder. Fans who pre-order the album will automatically receive a free copy of the single, "Hey Now," a jazzy/hip-hop-inflected call-at-arms about how the "rich are getting richer and the poor are getting killed." It's good stuff, and it speaks to the current political climate.
“Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music,” says frontman Matthew Roads in a press release about the album. “There’s certainly a lot that needs to be said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions. We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”
For the remainder of the year, the band has a handful of live shows lined up, including three Midwest dates with 311 and a New Year’s Eve gig at the Grog Shop.