Introduce yourself, where are you from and what is your name?
Mr. RIPLEY is my name. I was born and raised on the Jersey shore but now reside in North Carolina.
What was it like growing up there? Any cool stories?
Well growing up in a small town in New Jersey named Red Bank it is a tight not place. Most of the people are family or close like family. One crazy story is a time when me and my boys use to hang out in the town dump.
What are your main influences in rap?
My rap influences are naughty by nature, Rakim, tribe called quest, nas, and tragedy.
You have quite an old school feel did you purposely make music like that or did it just happen?
Well my old school feel comes from me being 42 and I have been doing this since I was 10. I don't consider it old school it's more of old school essence with up to date flow. I choose the boom bap style because that's what I love but I can rock to anything.
what is the best song you think you have made?
Its a song called Going blind. I told a story about the bad outcomes of living the street life in the hood. Not to many mcs are telling stories any more.
Why do you think people have gone away from telling stories in rap?
Because telling a story takes time write. And most artist of today don't have time. Because we were hiding. We were doing stuff we had no business doing.
so you think its just quicker for them to put songs out and they're under pressure to keep releasing material?
Yes it is like a race these days to see who can put out the most music. I mean I have even became a victim to this. Now a days in order to stay relevant u have to stay consistent.
Thanks, check out Mr Ripleys soundcloud and his youtube!
Thanks and Peace for the opportunity. I want to say Rulerz inc, this year we got a lot to offer. From Mr. Ripley, Zulu#7, Bankboy Billz, Mobb the God, Osohumble. Oh and scribe the strugglela!
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