Award Winning Recording Artist, Producer, Filmmaker and DJ Rip has released his single, 'Drown', to national radio. 'Drown' is currently under review at The Recording Academy for a GRAMMY consideration this year. Rip was considered for 4 GRAMMYs last year, including his album, 'Trinity', for 'Best Contemporary Christian Album' of the year.
'Drown' saw some local success in Rip's hometown of Madison, WI where it was #1 in rotation on WIXL-FM. He also graced the stage at The Taste of Madison, in front of the State Capitol, The Crystal Grand in the Wisconsin Dells, and was the first ever Hip-Hop set to be booked on The Grand Stage at The World's Largest Brat Fest. The music video for 'Drown' has over 200k views on YouTube and Facebook combined and is the #1 selling single from his album.
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.
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 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, was released May 19, 2017.