Check out this video that some of my peeps sent me…the hommie DJ Amacci spinnin my new single #LML in front of thousands of people at Mt. Olympus in Wisconsin Dells, WI (The waterpark capital of the world)!!! Big ups to the hommies DJ Amacci, Aaron & Brandon!
Check out some candid pix from the #LML Music Video shoot.
#LML Music Video has a tentative online release date of Tues July 3, 2012!
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Recording Artist ‘Rip’ Releases new single #LML
Reflects on journey that led to it.
May 25, 2012 — Why would a kid who grew up in a struggling, single mother household, whose brother was murdered the same day his step dad walked out, and who was in therapy all before his 14th birthday come up with a song titled #LML (acronym for “Love My Life” or “Loving My Life”)? Today Recording Artist ‘Rip’ releases his lead single “#LML” from his forthcoming sophomore album entitled “Sellout”.
Rip grew up in a single mother, 2 bedroom household with 3 other brothers in a city just north of Chicago, IL called Waukegan. Enrolled in a failing public school district where Rip’s Caucasian ethnicity was the minority, odds of overcoming adversity stacked up against him. Dreams seemed like just that; dreams. “I clearly remember instances where my mom had to take a cash advance from her Visa just to pay the mortgage, and people from church always having to help out with fixing things on the house or helping buy groceries during holidays and even donating cars to the family” he explains. By the time he was 14 years old he experienced his mother go through 2 divorces, his brother being murdered and was in therapy for being a problem child. “I’ve experienced almost everything from seeing disconnection notices on the fridge to being ashamed that I was eligible for free lunches in school because of my mom’s income, so I would wait until all my friends got their lunches before I would get in line to get mine. It didn’t help that I was surrounded by gangs and drugs in school either.” It was around this time when he started experimenting with his love for music. He started off DJ’ing at 14, which turned into a love for recording himself freestyling to instrumentals on the B side of records, which then turned into a desire to produce his own original music. While still in High School, Rip created his own record label, RiP Records, and launched his website in 2000, before even earning a diploma. Still plagued by some of the ‘worst times of his life’, Rip remained focused on music as it was his only hope. By 19 he was diagnosed with depression by a psychiatrist, and within the next 3 years he would lose his #1 supporter– his grandmother, a potential child and his father suffered a massive stroke, who in turn lost his house due to the family’s inability to provide payments. Fast forward to 2010 where Rip was finally able to release his debut solo album “Fashionably Late”, a decade after starting his record label, RiP Records, in high school. With the mentality and outlook that his worst times in life are behind him, he is now able to fully focus on what he loves more than anything: Music. “When I decided to launch my label, and made the decision that this will be my life with no option to fail or plan B, I put nothing else ahead of my music career. I’ve sacrificed so many things including time with family and have lost many girlfriends along the way as well. I’ve invested every spare penny I have for that last 12 years into my career. Quitting isn’t even an option, it wasn’t an option half a decade ago” he explains.
So the answer still remains. Coming from the adverse conditions that he did, how does one write a song called ‘#LML’ (“Love My Life”)? Rip answers: “Coming from what I came from, it doesn’t take much to actually love and appreciate life. I’m making a living doing what I love right now, and since my brothers and I are all grown and out of the house, my mother is no longer struggling to raise all four of us by herself. I’m living my dream right now and that’s pretty much my recipe to enjoying life, no matter how little money I have. Do what you love and live within your means. I guarantee you happiness and you’ll love your life too,” he proclaims.
As far as his new album “Sellout”, he explains: “When you grow up like I did, ‘selling out’ isn’t compromising any beliefs to get ahead in life, it’s simply not wanting to go back to a life that you don’t want you or your future kids to ever have to live. That’s my opinion.”
‘#LML’ marks the third release from the album but is the first lead radio single being released. The up-tempo dance/pop sounding track is one of the few tracks on the album which is produced by Rip himself, who is also a working DJ/Producer in-the-know of what’s hot in today’s market. Most of the other tracks on the album are produced by certified Gold producer DJ Pain 1. In a market that is oversaturated with artists trying to make it, success comes down to two things: being able to market and set yourself apart, and knowing how to make a hit record. Rip’s sophomore album “Sellout” is due out Summer of 2012.
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New DJ Rip Top40/Dance Nonstop Megamix. Enjoy! (FOR PROMO USE ONLY)
1. Breathe Carolina – Blackout
2. David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj – Turn Me On
3. David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium
4. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain – (Perry’s Moto Blanco Club Edit)
5. Jason Derulo – Breathing
6. The Wanted – Glad You Came
7. Pitbull feat. Chris Brown – International Love
8. Nicki Minaj – Starships
9. Flo Rida feat T-Pain, LMFAO – Run To You
10. LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rockin
11. Avicii & Skrillex – Levels (Skrillex Remix)
12. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Paris
13. Gym Class Heroes – Ass Back Home
14. Drake feat Rihanna – Take Care
Check out this snippet of video I took of me in the studio with my hommie, certified Gold Producer DJ Pain 1, as we work on a track for my new album “Sellout”
I wanted to take a minute to clear up some possible misconceptions that some people may have got while tuning in to my interview on 91.7 WSUM in Madison, WI on Monday night. I was asked to explain the name of my album “Sellout”….and I did…the best I could on the spot. Although I have my personal reasons as to why I named it that…I never really took the time to sit there and figure out how I would explain it thoroughly in a situation like Monday. Some people got the wrong impression on how I was explaining my reasoning. For those who tuned you…you will be able to understand what I am about to explain given my explanation on air Monday. I explained how one of my motives with this album was to start making money from my craft….YES. However, not for all the wrong reasons. I personally believe money is the root of all evil. Things that are important to me are God, Family and Love. I feel happy and succesful in life now, so whether I ever make millions of dollars or not…that isn’t an issue to me. I don’t NEED to make millions so I can buy a bunch of luxury cars…have a huge mansion…or trick it off on stuff like jewelry and women and all that other dumb stuff. What everyone doesn’t know is that I started this music journey over a decade ago. In the past decade I have invested and sacrificed sooo much. Money…time…missed time with loved ones. Heck… I even lost a few good girls along the way because I always put my career first. I don’t ever think any amount of money will ever be able to make up for those lost opportunities and time, but I’m at the point in my life and career where I do need things to start returning the investment I been making the past decade plus. When I started this journey over a decade ago (which has been a HELL of a ride and I DON’T regret one bit) I decided to fully dedicate my life to it with no option to fail. I didn’t have any backup plans in place….didn’t go to college….I made this my LIFE. ALL OR NOTHING. So this is the point I have finally reached. Would I someday like to have the option to retire because of my craft? Absolutely. Would I like to be able to buy a home and start a stable family because of my craft? Absolutely. Would I like to be able to help my mother out financially who dedicated 30 years of her life to raising 4 boys as a single mother? Absolutely. Would I like to be able to be in a position where I can help out less fortunate people??? ABSOLUTELY. Would I like to be able to have money to be able to invest in other interests I have in life…like someday writing a book…opening a mexican restaurant and producing my own film (something I always wanted to do before I even got into making music)??? YES. But in order to start doing that stuff…I need to start taking things to the next level. Anybody who REALLY knows me and listens to the lyrics of my music knows the type of person I am. You can see it with your own eyes. You never see me wearing any jewelry or even putting any of thay material stuff in any of my videos. I am also considering focusing on other interests in life after this album…so I don’t know what or when my next musical release will be….so I’m giving this album a hell of an effort. But that’s where I’m at. I’m not compromising any of my beliefs to make the music and album that I am. I am simply making music that I can market to radio and mainstream audiences…and there is NOTHING wrong with that in my book. I hope that clears up any misunderstandings. #Sellout coming 2012.
With that said, here is the interview:
First off…I want to say that I genuinely hope everyone had a great Holiday and blessed Christmas. I hope you enjoyed the things that matter most, like quality time with family and loved ones. That, in my opinion, is the most important thing in this world…more than money, fame, material items or anything else…LOVE. For those not fortunate enough to have immediate family/loved ones to spend time with, I hope you have some close friends you could consider family…and if all else fails don’t forget there is always God. 🙂 Ok I’m not going to get super religious on this post. But I do hope everyone had a blessed Holiday and is ready for this crazy New Year – 2012!
This past year was a trying year for me, but nonetheless a good one. I gained many positive things from it as well as lost some things that were important to me. But that is life…you keep on moving with your head up knowing that everything happens for a reason and all part of a plan. A good message I learned at Christmas mass this year was: ‘You are never given the live you wanted/planned’. So you can’t get bent out of shape if things aren’t always going your way. Just make the best out of what you’re given…if life gives you lemons…make lemonade, sell it, enjoy some of it yourself and make a profit from the sales. HAHA!
Whether this truely is the “last year” of existence (according to the Mayan Calendar) or not, treat it like it is. Treat everyone as if it’s your last day on earth, and treat them as you would like to be treated as well…with love, compassion and most importantly: EQUALITY. No one man is better than another just because of his or her social status, income, color, sexuality or beliefs. Treat your neighbor as you would want you and your family to be treated. If you wouldn’t want someone to discriminate against you because of color or social status…then DON’T by any means laugh in the face of hypocrisy as you judge or discriminate against someone else because of their sexuality (or any other form of discrimination). This isn’t me preaching to you, this is a simple form of common sense. Please use it in the new year.
Thanks again to anyone who has ever supported me this year and any other years before this. I seriously couldn’t thank you ALL enough for continuing to let me live my dreams.
Peace, love and success to you all in the New Year. Have fun and be safe…look forward to rocking with all of you in 2012!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I just want to take this time to thank The Lord for all His blessings in my life the past few years. I have many MANY things to be thankful for. For one, I couldn’t be more thankful for my health. I am grateful everyday that I wake up a healthy individual…this is something I DEFINITELY DON’T take for granted! I am thankful for having steady work the past few years, especially in a time when the economy is the way it is. I am thankful for having a roof over my head. I am thankful that I am able to continue to live and pursue my dreams and I CAN’T tell you enough how much I love and appreciate my support team…my family and friends and of course you all, my supporters. There have been soo many people who have been instrumental in the continued journey I am pursuing in life, and without everyone…I couldn’t continue to do it! Not only have my friends and family been very supportive with my career, but there is also a handful of you who have been there for me the past year or so that has been there for me mentally and emotionally through some of my own personal struggles, and for that I couldn’t thank you guys enough. I have some of the best friends at this point in my life, probably more than at any other point in my life. I really feel blessed to have the life that I do…to the point where not only do I thank the Lord for it…I sometimes question Him and ask Him why He has been blessing me so much. I am also Thankful for the trials & tribulations He has put me through the past few years…the learning experiences, the lost loves (“It is better to have loved and lost then to have never loved at all”) and everything else in between. This Holiday season I am going to work on giving back myself. And last but not least, thank YOU! Thank YOU for following my page, supporting my music & my dreams. If you have EVER supported me, “Rip”, as an artist…I love and appreciate you more than these words can convey. If you ever bought any of my merchandise or music, came out to any of my shows…showed love and support for any of my music and videos, shared one on FB or to your friends, helped in the production of my video in ANY way…no matter how big or small a contribution…I express my unworthy gratitude. Thanks again to anyone who has ever contributed to making me a better person and thank you Lord for all your continued blessings. I love you all very much from the bottom of my heart! Hope you all have a great & blessed Thanksgiving!
Joshua aka “Rip”
Song: “Hate That I Love You”
Album: Sellout (Spring 2012)
Got a story, dementia; been messin my head up
Aggression been pent up, wish I put my fence up
The day that I met a…headcase and then left a…
‘Nother headcase I was involved with instead of..
Searchin’ my soul for the right thing to do
Spent almost 2 years just fightin’ for you
Tossin’ and turnin’ my brains ’bout to explode
Now who is the one with the chains on their soul?
Barely 6 months after the date of the break you partake
in a ceremony that’s so fake!
We split in the spring then in no time at all
You walk down the aisle in denial that fall
I been livin’ my life, without anyone catchin’ me
Then I met you, and you ruthlessly step on me
Fallin’ and fallin’ got no safety net
While you fall back on yours you made the day we met,
I-I-I-I. I-I-I-I, I-I-I-I Hate that I love you.
Don’t Lie-i-i, i-i-i-i, i-i-i-i & fake who you love too.
I-I-I-I. I-I-I-I, I-I-I-I Hate that I love you.
Don’t Lie-i-i, i-i-i-i, i-i-i-i & fake who you love too.
Man she’s out for a vengeance, pay real close attention
It’s more than me puttin’ my 2 little cents in..
You wonder why real music don’t get respect?
Well this here’s about to get as real as it gets!
I’m livin’ my life without any regrets
But can you say the same without your heart in debt?
Can you honestly say that those are your real friends,
Lettin’ you go through with it knowin’ what’s in your head?
If you’re really ready to wed then you should be soarin’
so high and not textin’ me at 2 in the mornin’
Or every few weeks cause I know what you’re missin’
Up in the club with your girl where I’m spinnin!
How would he feel knowin’ you text me love songs?
I can’t even fathom what else you have done wrong
I’m really not a dick but my image depict one
Take a second to ask who really the victim
You were with him before me, until he got boring
Your words exactly but who knows the story
I just know what I know, not up for debating
Only 2 possibilities in this situation:
One, you just used me I never met nothin’
You were only passin time ’til he came back runnin’
Two, I was the one for you and you really liked me
He was just your backup plan, you did it just to spite me
But I think that you and I really know which one it is
And you need to get up off all that really selfish biz
On top of that you friend a girl I left for you but just listen…
If she couldn’t have me no one would, the game you let her win
But I’m not tryna reminisce, she venomous like a nemesis
Can’t fix this with no medicine, straight killed it like some venison
Inattentive to the damage you caused with these issues
But I love you so much already forgive you
Yeah, get em J (Hate that I love you)
Heh, you aint foolin’ anybody (Hate that I love you)
It’s all good though (Hate that I love you)
It’s always light at the end of every tunnel…right? (Hate that I love you)