Born in Portland, Oregon in 1985, Anthony Anderson, better known as Tope, always maintained an air of worldly soul. At a young age, he absorbed the jazz, funk and soul records that his mother would play, ingraining in his being a visceral sense of what’s been done before.
Tope is most recognizable for his contributions to N.W. hip hop culture through his releases with Living Proof (Roots To Branches ‘07 & Full Speed ‘11), his first solo effort Soul Music, and as part of town-famous TxE; but as a true artist and musician, Tope is never satisfied with the expected, or the easy. He hates when producers say, “I got this joint for you, it’s a ‘Tope’ track” – or whatever. He hates to look back, and by the time you’ve heard his music, he likely doesn’t like it anymore, and is on to the next one.
Tope has worked with distinguished hip hop heavyweights such as Wajeed, Abstract Rude, TiRon, Scarub, Myka 9, Phil Da Agony, and Planet Asia; and opening for artists including Talib Kweli, Mac Miller, Blu, Nappy Roots, The Coup, Mistah FAB; to name very few, and while others in the region, merely hop from trend to trend; Tope refuses to change with expectations while constantly reinventing himself through his art.
Always looking for new angles, Tope has gained universal town appeal by opening himself up to other genres and mediums (*see The Angry Orts, Tony Ozier, Kelli Shaefer, Liv Warfield), while staying true to his vision.
With a new solo effort, Until the Next Time We Meet and instrumental album Free Lemonade, a new Living Proof EP produced exclusively by Stewart Villain, and a full-length produced exclusively by Calvin Valentine, and the long-anticipated TxE full-length all due out in the next 12 months, Tope remains a workaholic; unsatisfied and unrelenting, while always looking…on to the next.