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Ripynt – as in “to repent” — uses a name equally telling in its concept and unforgettable in its spelling. Repentance is for sinners, but only for those sinners who acknowledge, even regret, the dirt they do. Growing up in Everett, WA, Ripynt experienced that dirt firsthand. An hour north of Seattle and precisely one world away, Everett surrounded him with a concrete hopelessness founded on broken beer bottles (often his father’s) and desperation (often his mother’s). Ripynt, then Cory Tate, found his escape — his hope — when he met hip hop.
Eager to work with like-minded individuals, Ripynt co-founded Myndstate Entertainment in 2003. The result, the 2005 LP The Mynd, proved more stepping stone than endpoint as Ripynt’s drive took him further than his Everett homies were willing to go. Re-focusing in order to pursue his solo career, Ripynt began work on his first proper full-length effort, 2009’s RIP: Re-Inventing Poetics. Gaining notice in the city an hour south of him, Ripynt worked with renowned producers such as BeanOne and MTK to craft a record that transformed personal struggle to expansive triumph. Ripynt matched his homework with hustle, journeying hours each week to network and promote. The success of his first record culminated in a Seattle Weekly cover story, one of the first rap artists to receive such attention.
Fast forward to 2011: Firmly established as one of the Northwest’s most respected artists, having shared stages and booths with veteran artists such as GZA, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Krizz Kaliko, Ripynt’s movement from poverty to prosperity gains momentum daily. His inspiring work ethic will yield, this year alone, three new projects working as precursors to his already-anticipated and aptly-titled sophomore LP, Momentum.
Ripynt’s style — diverse in flow and musicality — is one that will endure, not because it is diverse, but because it is founded on a story that unifies people. We all come from the dirt. We witness it, we do it. Thus his story is ours, and it’s one we won’t regret.