New Stuff, Sellout - posted on May 25, 2012 by

Rip releases lead single #LML

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 Stuff - posted on May 9, 2012 by

New snippet/preview of my single #LML which is on my new album “Sellout” (due Summer 2012)

Check it out!

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New Stuff - posted on March 1, 2012 by

DJ Rip – Spring Top40 Dance Mix (2012)

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

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New Stuff, Sellout, Video - posted on January 31, 2012 by

Behind the scenes – in studio with DJ Pain 1 working on new track

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”

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New Stuff - posted on November 15, 2011 by

Dj Rip – Pop/Top40 Nonstop Dance Megamix (Winter 2011)

New DJ Rip Top40 Promo mix!!! Download and enjoy!


1. Martin Solveig – Hello
2. Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat
3. Dev – In The Dark
4. Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
5. Taio Cruz feat. Flo Rida – Hangover
6. LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It
7. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Skeet Skeet Remix)
8. Avicii – Levels
9. Flo Rida – Good Feeling
10. Afrojack feat Eva Simons – Take Over Control
11. Rihanna ft Calvin Harris – We Found Love
12. David Guetta ft Usher – Without You
13. Adele – Someone Like You (Pacheco Remix)
14. Cobra Starship ft Sabi – You Make Me Feel
15. Pitbull feat NeYo – Give Me Everything

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Music Videos, New Stuff, Sellout, Video - posted on November 8, 2011 by


Filmed at Multiple Locations, the Video Features the Work of Emmy Award-Winning Creators

[Nov. 8, 2011] – Recording Artist Rip today released a new single and music video from his upcoming sophomore album, “Sellout.”
“Hate That I Love You” is produced by Rip with co-production from RIAA-certified Gold-selling Producer DJ Pain 1 and features the late actor/artist/musician Justin Mentell (Disney’s G-Force, Boston Legal) on the drums.
Filmed in part at the renowned haunted attraction Fear City Chicago, the video includes set construction by Emmy Award-winning set designer and decorator Jim Lichon (art director of The Oprah Winfrey Show) and Charles Grendys of Big City Sets Inc.
“Sellout” is set for a Spring 2012 release with a lead radio single coming soon. Rip’s debut album, “Fashionably Late,” is available now on iTunes from Island Def Jam Records.


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My Opinion, New Stuff - posted on October 12, 2011 by

So many good songs out there right now that I’m feeling…

Check out some of my favorites right now:

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New Stuff, Sellout, Video - posted on September 22, 2011 by

‘Behind the scenes’ of ‘Kissin In The Dark’

Never before seen footage of behind the scenes bloopers & outtakes with cast commentary:

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New Stuff - posted on September 18, 2011 by

Kissin In The Dark (Lyrics)

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
Album: Sellout

[Verse 1]

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…

[Verse 2]


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

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New Stuff, Video - posted on July 6, 2011 by


(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 –


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