ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The one and only, Ripparachie, has just released the party anthem of the summer, a feel-good track titled “Sip, Sip.”
“It’s a song that you can turn up to, drink and have fun whether it’s with a cup you got in your hands or bottle. Just enjoy life. That’s what it’s all about,” the young, talented rapper explained.
Already available on iTunes, the song will also be featured on his upcoming EP titled “No Shade.” The project is a follow up to his last one titled “Gifted and Young” or “G.A.Y.”
“’No Shade’ is a term used in the LGBT community. It’s a song about shade in the music industry,” explained Ripparachie. “I’m an openly gay rapper who actually has bars that anybody can relate to and music anybody can relate to whether you’re gay, straight or don’t know what you are.”
For this rising star in the making, he wants to make music people simply can have fun to. He admits that wasn’t always the case, though. There was a time when he was busy rapping about life in “the streets.”
“At age 19, I came out. A lot of the music before that I performed was negative. Then I switched over and started talking about having fun, enjoying life and acceptance of one another,” he stated.
Music is in the rapper’s blood. Growing up, his father was a producer, so he says he’s always been around music. At age 13, he got his own microphone and started opening for artists who came to his town in Indiana. As a solo artist, he’s now on a mission to change the perception of hip hop.
“I bring swag to the table. While I am openly gay, most of my fans are straight. That’s where I get my support from,” he stated. “In terms of the hip hop industry, I feel like we have a long way to go for full acceptance. I would like to collaborate with a whole bunch of straight rappers, but this moment I don’t know that it’s going to happen until I get up there a little bit more.”
According to Ripparachie, his favorite song from his sophomore project is a track called “The Shade Room.” He says it’s a song that pretty much sums up the whole soon-to-be-released EP.
“It’s basically saying that so many people are discriminating against a gay rapper even before they get to hear me. The song goes hard. It’s something everybody can listen to,” he explained. “I stand for equality, and that’s what I want to see in the world. I think through my music I’ll be able to do that. I want to be able to help a lot of people be happy with who they are.”