The catch 22 of my life – I am succesful (in my own right..maybe not monetarily yet), I absolutely LOVE everything I am doing and accomplishing right now in life. I have my health…great family and friends…God has been very VERY good to me the past few years…sometimes I ask why? The ONLY thing to complete my success right now is Love (which I believe is the ultimate success in life…more than any amount of $). The Catch?? I have absolutely very little to no time, money or resources to give in a relationship right now. One of the biggest things my past GF’s have been attracted to in my past is my drive and deterimination…knowing I can and will do (or have done) whatever I set my mind to. So my question is…if my work ethic and drive is what they’re attracted to…yet, because of it, I have no time for them..how does one even win!? How does one seriously win in a situation like this? I know what people are going to say too cuz I already heard it a million times: “balance the 2 out”. How do you balance it out!? Then your career gets 50% and your girl gets 50%. Is that fair to either one!? If I choose to give my career my all…i enjoy that success alone and share it with no one. If I choose to give a girl my all…I give up on something im so passionate about (which is one of the things the attract women)…then I lose my determination to succeed…and become succesful with “Love”. But am I really “succesful” if I am no longer pursuing what I love in life!? Its a lose lose situation I been battling the last decade of my life. Which is why…when people ask me for advice on a music career…I tell them from the bottom of my heart…get out now before you’re in too deep like me.
Check out some of my favorites right now:
For those who don’t know…my hommie DJ Baddmixx is not only a personal friend of mine who helped me out when I was going through some tough times, he ALSO played an instrumental AND influential role in my career. ANYONE in the northern IL area this weekend, please come out and support his Birthday. I won’t be able to make it, but if you could come through and show him some love we here at RiP Records would all appreciate it greatly. The event is held Fri Oct. 7, 2011 at St. Joseph Hall in Waukegan, IL.
Never before seen footage of behind the scenes bloopers & outtakes with cast commentary:
Had some requests for the lyrics so here they are:
Kissin In The Dark LYRICS:
Artist: Rip (feat Augie Zibell & brian Urso)
Title: kissin In The Dark
She got that country girl thing
man it’s something kind of different and I
Like it how she do it,
Now I got her in my system and I
Don’t think you will know what your missin
unless you listen when I
tell you that you never lived your life
until you’re kissin on a…
small town girl, with a little bit of attitude
love her with your best,
in return you’ll get some gratitude
I used to live the fast life, care to only stack chips
but she keep it simple, keep me grounded like a bad kid
she my American Honey, never care about the money
in the summer she my lover, in the winter snow bunny
she can’t teach me how to dougie, just the boot scootin boogie
if I’m lookin kinda foolish, I’m a new tootin rookie
Listen, never asked to fall in love just happened like the movies
now I only wanna be with you, like my name was Hootie
We layin in the dark, staring at the stars so…
I told her save a horse n ride a city boy Ohhhh
Augie Zibell & Brian Urso:
You and me goin kissin in The dark
Lyin on our backs and countin the stars
where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moon light
We’ll be fallin in love in the middle of the night
Just movin slow…
Stayin the whole night thru, feels so good
to be with you…
I’m on a mission to be kissin as we fishin in the dark
and got it written in these bars how beautiful girl you are
now we wishin on the stars bout this journey we’ll embark
and I hope this pretty girl will never break my achy heart
But I live in the present and cherish all the components
of loving her and never will I let the fear ever own it
see, this is my moment and no nothing else matters
and I don’t care what they say they just talkin that chatter
so here I am in the dark, kissing her and enjoying
all the calm of the night with the wind lightly blowing
in between the place I came from and to where I am going
and what tomorrow may bring man nobody is knowing
you see she is my firefly, bringing peace to my night
a new lease to my life, make the future seem bright
and when I gotta take flight, she’ll be down for the ride
right down to the nitty gritty, right by my side, that’s why…
[Chorus x 2]
Rip (on last chorus):
Baby when I’m not kissin you, I’m already missing you
Baby when I’m not kissin you, I’m already missing you
The past few weeks I have been growing a deeper respect, admiration and appreciation for women. Not that I have never have respected or appreciated women before, but I think as I age I am starting to really sit back and let things soak in. Let me explain what I have really been realizing alot lately:Women are the driving force of our species. They are the ones who bare children, and for the most part…raise the kids of our society (whether the father is still in the picture or not). It really takes ALOT for someone to raise another human being into adulthood….so think about all the single mothers out there who do it on their own. My own mother recently just passed her motorcycle test at the DMV and I haven’t seen her this ecstatic or make a big deal about something like this probably my whole life. Reason being..she was busy raising 4 kids on her own for the majority of her life, as a single mother, waiting tables. She got pregnant when she was 19 and spent the next quarter century+ of her life raising her boys the best she knew how, which meant little time for self fulfillment. I am soo happy my mom is finally able to finally enjoy and live her life for HER. Last Sunday in Church I was looking around and seeing some of the mothers who were at church with just their children…and I started thinking…whether these woman are married or not, at the end of the day, THEY are the ones raising these kids, getting them ready in the morning and making sure they are at church on time, every Sunday. Whether a man is out making a living or not and supporting the family…at the end of the day…THE WOMAN is the one getting the kids up in the morning, SHE is the one getting them ready for school, taking them to the doctor, taking them to church, making all their appointments, raising them, cooking their meals, washing their clothes and in most cases STILL working a 9-5 (just to name a few). Face it…in this society…most women are working…whether their husband supports the family or not. And if they’re single..it makes it even that much harder. The idea of a “stay at home mom” is a concept of the past and I think as time goes on, it will be just that..a thing of the past. Face it..WOMEN are stronger than men.
Maybe not physically…but Mentally, Emotionally and spiritually I DEFINITELY think women are the stronger sexes of the human race without a doubt and I commend them highly for it. I have to be honest with you…unless I absolutely had NO choice what so ever…I don’t think I could EVER do what a woman does as far as being strong and raising kids in this day and age, especially on my own. And even if I had no choice at all and I absolutely HAD to raise a kid on my own and had no option to fail…I still think a woman would have the patience, endurance, love, strength and mental capability to do a better job than I ever could.
The last girl I dated had 2 kids…and I watched in admiration every day as she got up at 6am to make sure those kids were fed, clothed, off to school as she hurried off to work a 9-5 herself…all in the name of her kids as she pushed her goals in life to the backburner. I was happy to help out in any way that I could…but at the end of the day…she had to remain the driving force of raising those kids…before, during and even after me. Another girl I dated before that had a kid as well…and she made sure her kid was taken care of too before anything.
I can’t tell you how much I admire you women out there, ESPECIALLY the single mothers…I DEFINITELY see how much work it takes to be a Mother in this world…and to you mothers out there who are doing your best to raise children, I tip my hat to you all for being the strongest humans I know!
(July 6, 2011) – Recording artist Rip releases the new music video and short film for “Kissin In The Dark,” the first single from his forthcoming album “Sellout.”
“Sellout” is Rip’s sophomore effort and follows up his debut album “Fashionably Late,” which dropped last summer. That album featured his popular single “Watchin Me,” which appeared on radio across the country in 2010.
“Sellout” includes production by the artist himself as well as certified Gold producer DJ Pain 1 and certified Multi-Platinum/Top40 producer Gigamesh (Mike Posner “Cooler Than Me”).
“Kissin In The Dark” is a soft launch single off the album with another lead radio single to follow. The album’s release date has yet to be announced. Rip’s debut album “Fashionably Late” is currently available now on iTunes from Island Def Jam.
Find out more about the artist, his music and upcoming projects at his website – www.WhoIsRip.com
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This SAT at 2:30pm at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL