Goodbye 2013: Best year of my career; Welcome 2014
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.
Need wisdom teeth removed
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…
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 WhoisRip.com! 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!!??
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!
GetYourBuzzUp.com 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: http://www.getyourbuzzup.com/2013/11/04/documentary-review-rip-the-making-of-a-sellout)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // ALL AGES // DRESS CLASSY
$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.
“MAKING OF A SELLOUT” TEASER TRAILER 1:
“MAKING OF A SELLOUT” TEASER TRAILER 2:
*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.
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 WhoisRip.com. 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…
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)
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…
Who is Rip?? Find out 11.26.13
Coming November 26, 2013
Get your votes in now!!
Round 1 of voting ends October 4th!!!
To vote for Rip, head over to: www.broadjam.com/mhha
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!