New year, new music!!! I am pleased to present you guys with a new song that I produced for freestyle legend & recording artist Rochelle! For those unfamiliar with Rochelle, she had a huge hit in the 90’s with her single “Praying For An Angel” (which was big on dance radio and in urban latin communities such as New York & Chicago). The song was produced by acclaimed producers 20 Fingers (“Short Short Man” by Gillette, “Lick It” by Roula, “Fat Boy” by Max-A-Million just to name a few). I grew up on all sorts of music, including freestyle. I was a huge Chicago House & Freestyle fan back in the 90’s as well as of Rochelle’s song “Praying For An Angel“. In fact I used to own one of her records too (“NeNe“) when I was a 14 year old kid DJ’ing for fun in my bedroom. So when her manager Rigo approached me about producing a new song for her, I was honored. This song is in latin but has a contemporary dance sound to it (think Calvin Harris & Jump Smokers).
You can download the song for free over at her ReverbNation.com/RochelleMusic page!!!
As last years ‘Artist of the Year’ recipient at the Madison Hip-Hop Awards, Rip is set to perform at this years event being held at the Barrymore Theater! Get your tickets now at: http://www.barrymorelive.com/tickets/1411081.html
Last weekend I was part of the 48 Hour Film Project in Madison. My team was given a Western and 48 hours to completely write, film, edit and produce a 4-7 min short film for their worldwide competition. Our entry will be screened at the Sundance Cinema on May 1, 2014 between 9-11pm. Come check it out!!
Date: Thursday, May 1
Time: 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Place: Sundance Cinemas, 430 N Midvale Blvd, Madison, WI 53705
Tickets: $12 (cash only)
Notes: Join us on the red carpet as we celebrate the 8th Annual Madison 48 Hour Film Project. Premiering Thursday, May 1 will be 29 short films created the weekend of April 25-27 by local filmmakers. One film will be awarded “Madison’s Best” on May 9 and will represent our talented city in the International 48HFP Competition.
Screening times are 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Each screening will showcase a different set of films. Tickets can be purchased at Sundance Cinemas starting at 5:00pm, day of show.
See you at the cinema!
We are currently dealing with a situation with our “What U Gonna Do” video on YouTube-VEVO page, which is currently under rebuttal and is being dealt with by our video distributor. Until the red tape has been worked out you won’t be able to watch the YouTube link.
You can still watch it on Vevo:
“Sometimes your very own worst enemy…is yourself”.
‘What U Gonna Do‘ Music Video COMING SOON!!!
Tonight Rip will be on 91.7 WSUM in Madison, WI with “DJ of the Year” MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) winner DJ Kayla Kush at 8pm CST! He will be mixing live, as well as premiering his new single “What U Gonna Do” and talking about his 5 Madison Hip-Hop Awards, the release of his “Making of a Sellout” documentary, his new music video and much much more!! Make sure to tune in! You can stream live online as well at: www.wsum.org
FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440193749543035/
In the last 13 years of my career, since launching RiP Records in 2000…I don’t think I’ve ever hit a point that I could look back on my music career and say “this was my best year yet”. In 2013: I DJ’d over 150 shows, released my “Dreamgirl” music video, released my “Must Have Been” music video, released a full feature length documentary/film “The Making of a Sellout”, re-released my “Sellout” album with all new bonus tracks, performed at some of the most coveted shows in Madison, WI: The Dane County Fair, Taste of Madison and the Orpheum with Lupe Fiasco. I was nominated for 8 Madison Hip-Hop Awards and took home 5 in one night…more than any other artist in the awards show history! And just yesterday I was asked to perform at the MAMA’s (Madison Area Music Awards) in 2014 as well as being a nominee for some awards. There is one sentence that could sum up 2013: This was the best year of my career; God has been EXTREMELY good to me.
And although it has been good to me, I still went home for the holidays realizing how my Mom and family is still struggling and how I have so much more work to do. I have yet to finish what I started. Although I am coming off the best year of my career to date, I have yet to hit my peak. I’ve lost some people this year but also met some great new people as well.
So unlike every other rapper on this planet who claims “This is my/our year!” on January 1st, Imma do what I did last year. Keep my mouth shut and let me actions do all the talking.
Starting the first Sunday in 2014 I will be releasing a new weekly web series on my YouTube page called “Sellout Sundays”. Make sure you subscribe now: www.YouTube.com/RipRecords
Happy New Year to you and yours, I wish you all prosperity in 2014.
This past weekend I been going through an ordeal. My wisdom teeth have been coming in now more than ever causing me some excruciating pain. About 4 years ago my dentist took an xray of my mouth and noticed I had 3 impacted wisdom teeth (no 4th) and advised me to have them removed soon. Being the stubborn person I am, WITHOUT any insurance, I put it off…they never really bothered me much. Til recently. About a year or so ago..they started slowly breaking through my gums in the back of my mouth. This last Friday…they REALLY started coming through. Now I don’t know how many of y’all saw my documentary, but I’m a lil older than the average age where people’s wisdom teeth come in. Long story short, this weekend has been hell for me. Can barely open my mouth fully to eat, it hurts that bad. Only time I been in worse pain was when I dislocated my foot and broke my ankle at 19 tryna do some dumb shit on a skateboard. I was being a baby all weekend. Either way, I’m calling a dentist first thing Mon morning (so in like 4 hours). I was on the phone with my Mom earlier talking to her about it and she reminded me of a simple truth: There’s people who have it WAY worse than I do…cancer patients etc…people who would kill to be in my shoes. And it’s true…I am blessed and shouldn’t take the simple things for granted. Especially now during the holiday season..these are the times I really realize that there are a ton more people in this world who have it WAY worse than I do. And I never have problems giving to the less fortunate. Stay posted for updates on my wisdom teeth…