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Rip James: A singular look into the personal world of a hip hop artist

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I am happy to introduce a young rapper in St. Louis, who’d won a great talent show competition sponsored by Jon Erickque; Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Bar Code Lounge a.k.a. Guest Room.

As part of his prize, I had agreed to give him exposure on and on my other media sources for a month. Sit back and enjoy an up and close personal interview with Rip James.

Congratulations on winning such an exciting competition last night.
Rip James: Thanks, I appreciate the opportunity to be here.

What is the inspiration behind your name, Rip James?
Rip James: Rip stands for Real Intelligent Person. This name was given to me by my late brother. James is my uncle. Both are currently deceased. Every time I hit the stage they live through me.

As a judge April 6th, I’d thought you did a good performance. Yet my points were a bit mediocre. But it seems as if you had the crowd rocking. Do you think your stage presentation did the job?

Rip James: Thank you, I think it was 50/50. The stage presentation and the lyrics allowed me to win. My goal is to make everyone in the room feel my pain. The more of me I give, the more they receive.

Tell me more about Rip James?
Rip James: I’m a songwriter, a loving father, and a dedicated worker; who is faithful and committed to living out my brothers’ dreams, and I won’t stop until I reach the top.

How long have you been hitting the stage?
Rip James: I have been on stage as an artist for 11 years; however, I started off dancing… ballet, jazz, tap, street….. Yes I have!!! Then I’d progressed to singing and rapping and I started acting. Shout out to my JPEK family.

Where are the best places to perform at in town?
Rip James: The Guess Room of course, giving my win, Fubar, The Coliseum, Klymaxx, Fucefinos, and Club618 in East St. Louis.

Name 3 artists of hip hop you would like to collaborate with in St. Louis?
Rip James: Pendemic, Bigg Rich, HotJerko

At the competition which act did you believe could have given you a run for your money?
Rip James: Artist Obie

Now, that you the champ for a month, what weaknesses on stage would you like to improve on-to hold on to the crown?

Rip James: Everything… I am striving for greatness.

What messages would you give to new contestants and the returning group, far as swaying the judges?
Rip James: Be yourself, work the crowd, have fun and know your music.

That was remarkable, thank you for this great interview and I wish you luck at next month’s competition. And you know they are coming for your blood?
Rip James: No, thank you for having me. Yes..I know.(laughing)

That concludes this interview with Rip James, and I hope to see him perform at my 9th year anniversary celebration next week at Premier Lounge.