Lippsys Hood Talez
Picture a rap artist who produces his own material, has his own swagger and writes about having a blast rather than blasting someone. It may sound unreal, but Ohio native Lippsy has mastered this art for nearly ten years. 'It's easy for me to write a song without cursing if people want to hear that,' says Lippsy, who got his name from childhood classmates for having big lips. 'There's many ways you can say something without being profane and still get the same effect.' Lippsy (born Marcellus Hayes) proved to have rhythm from the beginning. His mother acquired him private drum lessons at age 5. By the time he turned 8, he was recruited to play for two drum corporations, the Buckeye Elks Drum & Bugle Corp. And the Kuumba Drumline. But in 1991, Lippsy became interested in rap music after hearing DJ Quik's 'Tonite' at a friend's house party. Soon after, he began writing raps and performing them in front of his cousins. 'I used to take verses from three or four rappers and combine them to make my own rap,' he confesses. 'Whenever the words didn't rhyme, I would make up a line to connect them together. That's how I started.' After graduating from high school, Lippsy moved to California in hopes of shopping his first demo. Being a rookie in the game proved to be a disadvantage as Lippsy struggled to get his music heard by the right ears. After a three-month stint, he returned to the Buckeye State to reinvent himself. Breaking out of the Midwest wouldn't be easy, so he knew a unique voice would separate him from the crowded hip-hop arena. Lippsy continued to perform in clubs throughout Ohio and surrounding states while recording various singles. His self-produced album 'Lippsy's Talez' featured the how-to-break-up ballad "Come Clean", "31 Flavorz" and the scandalous confessional "My Best Friend's Wife".