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Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | INDIE

Chicago, IL | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1999
Band Christian Hip Hop


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"(Documentary Review)- RIP “The Making Of A Sellout”"

Driven, determined, strong willed, thick skinned and survivor– all
words used to describe many artists in the music industry. However,
these words have a face, the Waukegan, IL-based Pop/Hip-Hop artists
known as “RIP.” RIP,a recording artist, producer and DJ was drawn to
the art of DJIng at a young age and very soon after rapping and
production followed.

RIP’s documentary, “The Making of a Sellout,” captures his life story,
his musical journey and overall struggle, in a poignant on-screen work
of art. Most striking is RIP’s unwavering tenacity to follow his
musical dreams while focusing on his professional goals, learning and
adapting to an ever-changing industry along the way. From learning
HTML coding to starting his own record label, this documentary shows
RIP’s growth as a career musician and so much more.

“The Making of a Sellout” is reminiscent of an impactful “Behind the
Music” special, complete with family and friend testimonies and
interviews, exclusive early childhood photos and videos, and a deep
look into the darker side of the RIP’s personal life.

This documentary embodies the spirit of aspiring creative
professionals everywhere– their growth as artists, their unseen
struggles, loss, isolation even from loved ones and the journey
towards reaching a rarely-accomplished goal. “The Making of a Sellout”
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. - Aaron “Uncanny” Phillips


"In The Lab 1.0" LP (2002)
"Coming up in the Game" LP (2003)
"The Bootleg Album" (Promo) (2004)
" Presents...The Midwest ReMixtape" vol 1 (Promo) (2005)
" Presents...The Midwest ReMixtape" vol 2 (Promo) (2006)
"Local Celebrity" Mixtape Hosted by Mike Love (Promo) (2007)
"Fashionably Late" (Spring 2010)
"Sellout" (2012)
"Trinity" (Coming 2017)



In the year 2000, Illinois-born Recording Artist & Producer, Rip, created his Independent Record Label, RiP Records, while still in high school. Rip started DJ’ing at an early age, and his love for music soon turned into a passion for producing and recording.   He also had a savvy knowledge for the direction of the music industry, and was awarded a platinum plaque in 2003 from the Atlantic Records & the RIAA, for his online promotional and marketing skills for one of their artists.  After a full decade of releasing his own label compilations, duo albums, mixtapes and performing at shows across the Midwest, Rip relocated from the Chicagoland area to Madison, WI and finally released his debut solo album “Fashionably Late” in June 2010. The album carried the lead radio single “Watchin Me” which garnered some radio airplay nationwide. Pete Jones, of All Access Media Group – an industry radio trade site – said, “This is a catchy record. It sounds like Top-40 radio.”  It was featured on the site as “Hot New Music” in both the Top-40 and Rhythmic platforms.  Dubbed “driven, ambitious, hardworking, grassroots and savvy” by hometown radio program director, Erik Bradley, at WBBM-FM Chicago, Rip has graced stages all across the region – most notably at his hometown radio station’s B96 Summerbash in Chicago, at the Taste of Madison, at Dane County Fair and at the World Famous Brat Fest in Madison, WI.

In October of 2012, Rip digitally released his sophomore effort, “Sellout,” through Island Def Jam  - the same label that boasts artists such as Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Katy Perry, to name a few.  The lead single, “Kissin In The Dark,” was a collaborative effort with country singer Augie Zibell of the acclaimed band Madison County, from Madison, WI. “The album is a plethora of sounds. It’s just influenced by good music, whether old or new, but more than anything…just Pop culture and music” explains Rip, who is also a working DJ in Madison, WI.  Both albums feature production by Rip himself and certified Platinum producer DJ Pain 1 who has produced the likes of Public Enemy, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Juicy J, and many more.

In November 2013, Rip took home 5 Madison Hip-Hip Awards out of the 8 for which he was nominated, including ‘Artist of the Year.’ Two of the awards for which he was nominated went to DJ Pain 1, who coincidentally produced half of Rip’s “Sellout” album.  Still, that night Rip was nominated for and won more awards in one night than any other artist in the history of the Madison Hip-Hop Awards.

On November 26, 2013, Rip released a full-length feature film/documentary, “The Making of a Sellout,” on DVD and included a re-release of his sophomore album, “Sellout,” with two new bonus tracks. It takes a deep, dark, vulnerable look into his personal and professional life from birth to current day. calls it “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.”

In 2016, Rip entered the studio to start work on his third studio effort, “Trinity,” which is completely different from any of his past projects.   After coming to terms with and facing an addiction he’s had for more than half his life, Rip’s personal and professional career turned to focus more on Christ.  “I reached a point in life where I was on my floor in tears saying ‘I can’t do this anymore.'”  The new album takes a dark look at his struggles, addictions, and demons that he’s had to face his whole life, most of with which he’s just started coming to terms.  The album is a tribute to his personal savior, Jesus Christ (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirt), and brings hope to others by letting them know that it’s ok to be broken and imperfect, our God loves us all the same.  “Trinity,” Rip’s third studio album which features Katie Scullin, A.N.T., and Sincere, is due out in 2017.