New Stuff, News - posted on December 6, 2013 by

New website layout & design

What up y’all…I was going to wait until the New Year, but I figured why wait!? We now have a new layout and design for! Hopefully it’s easier to move around on. And I’m also hoping to post more blog posts come 2014, so stay posted!! And if you haven’t grabbed my new “Sellout” CD/DVD…what are you waiting for!!??


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Events, News, The Making of a Sellout - posted on November 26, 2013 by

TONIGHT is the big night, Rip’s “Making of a Sellout” movie premiere!

Rip’s Official “Making of a Sellout” film screening & “Sellout” album Re-Release party is tonight at Porta Bella, 425 N. Frances St, Madison WI. Be the first to get your hands on the re-release of Rip’s “Sellout” album which includes ALL new bonus tracks (including “Must Have Been” & more!)!!! The CD also comes in a combo pack with a copy of his feature length documentary “The Making of a Sellout” on DVD! is calling this release “a poignant on-screen work of art” that is “reminiscent of an impactful ‘Behind the Music’ special” that is “not only worth the watch for the story, but the mistakes and successes of its main character can serve as blueprints to aspiring artists everywhere” (Read full review of film here:


$10 Cover ($5 for 17 year olds and younger) includes screening of the feature length documentary “Making of a Sellout”, free gourmet food & drink and the
* FIRST 50 PEOPLE THERE GET A FREE COPY OF THE CD/DVD COMBO PACK * with admission (every person after that will be able to purchase it for a discounted price)

Door open at 7pm. Screening starts at 8pm and is 65min long.




*ADVISORY* Although all ages are welcome to attend this event and any explicit material in this film has been censored, this film has not been rated by The Motion Picture Association of America and may contain some content that is not suitable for children under 18 years of age (suggestive topics and images regarding death, drug use and gangs appear in this film). Anyone 17 years old and younger are advised to be with a parent or legal guardian.

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Audio, News, Sellout - posted on November 12, 2013 by

Rip releases Audio for new single “What U Gonna Do”, Bonus track on ‘Sellout’ Re-Release

Coming off a successful weekend at the Madison Hip-Hop Awards, taking home 5 wins including “Artist of the Year”, Recording Artist Rip releases audio of his new single “What U Gonna Do” which is a bonus track on the re-release of his latest album “Sellout”. The song will be available on CD only on November 26, 2013 right here on Along with the re-release of the album will come a free copy of his Documentary “The Making of a Sellout” on DVD which also includes 13 bonus Music Videos!!

Music Video for “What U Gonna Do” to come soon…

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Events, News - posted on November 11, 2013 by

Rip takes home 5 Madison Hip-Hop Awards, including “Artist of the Year”

This weekend Recording Artist ‘Rip’ took home 5 Madison Hip-Hop Awards, including ‘Artist of the Year’, arguably the most coveted award of the night. The event took place at the Barrymore Theater in Madison and brought together a variety of talent from the Madison Hip-Hop scene. The Awards show was the 4th annual event and included performances from local acts and distributed awards in 16 different categories. Rip was nominated in 8 of the categories (Artist, Song, Album, Video, Collab, Producer, DJ & Videographer of the Year), and ended up taking home 5 wins, losing ‘Album of the Year’ to Tefman and DJ & Producer of the Year to local favorite DJ Pain 1 (who coincidentally produced half of Rip’s “Sellout” album). DJ Pain 1, a nationally recognized and certified Gold Producer, Tweeted the following during the Awards ceremony: “D**n, @WhoisRip is cleaning up at the Madison Hip-Hop Awards.“. Rip took home more awards in one night than any other artist in the history of the awards show. He is set to re-release his most recent album “Sellout” with 2 new bonus tracks, along with a feature length documentary, “The Making of a Sellout“, which will be released on Tues November 26, 2013. A screening & release party has been set for Tues November 26, 2013 at Porta Bella in Madison, WI at 7pm. It is an all ages show and open to the public.





(Photos by Amanda Martinelli)

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Events, News, Sellout, The Making of a Sellout - posted on November 1, 2013 by

Official “Making of a Sellout” movie Screening (Madison, WI)

Official screening of Rip’s ‘Making of a Sellout’ film in Madison, WI. More details coming soon…

Official Poster

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News, Sellout, The Making of a Sellout, Video - posted on October 1, 2013 by

Who is Rip?? Find out 11.26.13

Coming November 26, 2013

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Events, News, Sellout - posted on September 24, 2013 by

Get your votes in now!!

Round 1 of voting ends October 4th!!!

To vote for Rip, head over to:


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New Stuff, News, Sellout, Video - posted on September 11, 2013 by

Rip releases Official teaser trailer for “Making of a Sellout” Movie

9-11-13 – Today Recording Artist Rip released an official teaser trailer for his upcoming film “The Making of a Sellout”. The film will follow Rip’s life growing up and his whole music career. It will be released this fall in a DVD/CD combo pack accompanying the re-release of his latest album “Sellout” (which will also include bonus tracks). The DVD will also include all 14 of Rip’s Music videos released to date!!

Coming this fall. Official release date to be announced soon!

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News - posted on August 12, 2013 by

Dog Agility Park to open in Waukegan in memory of Justin Mentell

Dog Agility park to open up back in my hometown of Waukegan, IL. It is named after Alicia Mentell and her son, Justin Mentell, who was a friend of mine and drummer who I worked with on my last 2 albums (“La di da”, “Take Me Home”, “Hate That I Love You”) before his untimely passing a few years ago.

Dog Flyer

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News, Sellout - posted on July 11, 2013 by

Working on “Making A Sellout” Documentary DVD & “Sellout” Re-Release

A majority of my posts are news related updates or press releases, but I wanted to take a minute out to write to you all personally from the heart. Last October I released my sophomore album “Sellout”. I did a limited hard release and focused majorly on it’s digital release on iTunes (which it is still available on). When I first released it, I knew I was going to re-release it again in the future (via hard copy) with a Documentary and a few bonus tracks (DVD/CD combo pack).

Right now I am in the stages of having the Documentary (“Making a Sellout”) produced. It is off at the writer who is penning it as we speak, and then it will go to a Voice Over artist to narrate the story. Aside from a little more material I need from some family members, a majority of the interviews (family, friends, people I have worked with etc) have been recorded as well. Then it goes to editing. I must admit, I am SUPER geeked to release this project! Like I have been geeking the hell out for real while shopping for Voice over artists….just envisioning someone telling me story to the masses. Yesterday I reached out to Jim Forbes (…he is the guy who narrates VH1’s “Behind The Music”. It would be AWESOME to have someone like him narrate my story. Whether I hear back from him or could even afford him is one thing, but just reaching out to him geeked me out. Like Michael Jordan always says: “I can’t accept not trying”.

I have also finished one of the bonus tracks for my “Sellout” album re-release. The name of the song is “Must Have Been” and I just released a Music Video for it as well. You can head over to my YouTube page to check it out. I have 1 or 2 more bonus tracks to finish up for the re-release and then everything will be done.

I hope to release the project in a couple months time tops and will have a release date soon!!!

Thanks to all my supporters for sticking with me all these years! I really think you are going to like this next release! Cuz I LOVE working on it!




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