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.
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.
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.
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. “Trinity,” Rip’s third studio album which features Katie Scullin, A.N.T., and Sincere, is due out in 2017.