Chip Tha Ripper signs with CAA, changes name to King Chip | Music News

He may have carved out a strong name for himself thanks to mixtapes like Gift Raps and Tell Ya Friends, as well as having close ties with Kid Cudi, Bun B and Chuck Inglish, but Chip Tha Ripper is looking to embark on the next stage of his career. In two separate announcements this week, the Cleveland, Ohio rapper has signed with one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and changed his name to King Chip.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (August 8th), Chip made his CAA deal official. The move places him in the company of Kanye West, who signed with the agency back in July.

As for the name change, King Chip says that the death of his mentor, King Hawk, was the motive.

“I am King Chip. Actually born in the ghetto slums of east Cleveland, Ohio. Rest in Peace my mentor & former King Hawk. His death made me…. King Chip,” he tweeted.

In recent days, the rapper has also made several tweets responding to the criticism he’s faced regarding the change.

“How you feel about King Chip only matters if it’s positive. Negativity has no Existence in this life. Hate is not me. I am King Chip,” he wrote, before adding, “If a name change moves you n a negative way, consider yourself a sim. Hating on Greatness. Wasting energy that can be used to better ur life.”

In addition to picking up a feature on G.O.O.D. Music producer-turned-rapper Hit-Boy‘s newly-released HITstory album, on the “Busta Ass N*ggas” track alongside Bun B, King Chip is working on his debut album, Charles Worth, and is rumoured to be planning a collaborative project with close friend and fellow Cleveland native, Kid Cudi, entitled The Almighty GloryUS.

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