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:
RIP RELEASES NEW SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO “HATE THAT I LOVE YOU”
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.
Never before seen footage of behind the scenes bloopers & outtakes with cast commentary:
(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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Check out the Juke Remix to my cut “Unbreakable” done up by my hommie DJ Baddmixx!
Just released, powerful new Music Video for my single “Unbreakable” off of “Fashionably Late”