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King Chip
King Chip
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King Chip in 2012
Background information
Charles Jawanzaa Worth
Chip tha Ripper
Born (1986-10-20) October 20, 1986 (age 31)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals
  • S.L.A.B.
  • Rebel Castles

Charles Jawanzaa Worth[1] (born October 20, 1986), better known by his stage name King Chip (formerly Chip tha Ripper), is an American hip hop recording artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with longtime friend and fellow Cleveland-bred rapper Kid Cudi.[2]


2006-2011: Chip tha Ripper and mixtapes

Since 2006, Worth obtained a significant following through hip-hop blogs and frequent appearances on mixtapes.[3] Much of Worth's recent work has been done alongside fellow Ohio native and rapper Kid Cudi. Worth incorporates the slow, "chopped 'n' screwed" style of southern hip hop in his music.[4] Worth amassed a cult-like following on the underground scene and Internet blogs throughout 2007 and 2008 for his hard, but often humorous lyrics. A large part of his internet success was due to his rap "SLAB Freestyle." The lyrics "Interior Crocodile Alligator / I Drive a Chevrolet Movie Theater" gained notoriety in blogs and image boards and eventually grew into an internet meme. Multiple videos featuring the lyrics from "SLAB Freestyle" were posted on sites such as YouTube with humorous images accompanying the looped lyrics or featuring altered lyrics based on Chip's track.

In 2007, the track "Club Rockin" off his Money mixtape featured hip-hop artist Akon singing the chorus.[5] Worth has decided to remain independent over the years and keep his options open as far as labels go. In 2008 Worth started making trips to Chicago which led to working with Kidz in the Hall on their album The In Crowd doing a song titled "Mr. Alldatshit" as well as forming many other relationships that Worth still holds till this day. On September 5, 2010 Chip Tha Ripper announced plans to form a group called "The Almighty GloryUS" with fellow Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi. Chip Tha Ripper states The Almighty GloryUS stems from a mutual appreciation between the two artists.[6]

Worth was featured on producer Hi-Tek's album, Hi-Teknology 3 in 2007; and on Kid Cudi's first mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi in 2008. He hooked up with The Kids In The Hall and Donnis for what seems to be a favorable connection, by featuring on their 2008 The In Crowd and their 2010 Land of Make Believe album. Then in 2009 he was featured on Kid Cudi's first album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] Chip was a featured artist on the track "The End" from Kid Cudi's second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010). On February 18, 2011, Freddie Gibbs announced on his website that he joined up with Chip and The Cool Kids to form the hip hop supergroup, P.O.C. (Pulled Over by the Cops).[8]

2012-present: King Chip and 44108

On August 9, 2012, the rapper announced a name change, from Chip tha Ripper to King Chip. He also revealed he signed a deal with talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).[1] Defending his decision to change his moniker, Chip tweeted: "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....". Continuing on later, he said: "My birth name is Charles Jawanzaa Worth. Jawanzaa is Swahili and it means 'great leader and great warrior.' Look it up. I am King Chip."[1] His first credit under the new pseudonym was his role as a featured artist on Kid Cudi's single "Just What I Am", taken from Cudi's third studio album Indicud (2013). On September 4, 2013, King Chip released the mixtape 44108.[9] On December 26, 2013, Chip released a music video for a song titled "Action Plan", from his 44108 mixtape; while his next project was purported to be titled Rebel Castles.[10][11] Nearly a year later, on September 16, 2014, a deluxe edition of 44108, was released to digital retailers via Chip's Rebel Castles imprint.[12][13][14][15]


  • CleveLAfornia (2015)


  1. ^ a b c "Chip Tha Ripper Signs With CAA, Changes Name To King Chip". August 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ Hockley-Smith, Sam. "Chip Tha Ripper, The Cleveland Show Mixtape". TheFader. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ "Daily News - :Chip Tha Ripper Working On New Album, Forms Group With Kid Cudi". Archived from the original on 2011-03-04. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Features : King Chip: Gift Raps". Archived from the original on 2010-12-15. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Chip Tha Ripper Money - RRT". Real Rap Talk. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Kuperstein, Slava (September 5, 2010). "Chip tha Ripper Talks Group With Kid Cudi, New Album". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kid Cudi Makes Peace With 'Man On The Moon'". 2009-09-14. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Freddie Gibbs. "Freddie Gibbs - BLOG - P.O.C. Pulled Over by the Cops "Authority"". Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "King Chip - 44108 // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. 2013-09-04. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Peep The First Visual Off King Chip's Forthcoming Project Entitled "Action Plan"". The Source. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "King Chip - Action Plan". Trill HD. 2013-12-27. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "44108 (Deluxe Edition) by King Chip on iTunes". 2014-09-16. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "King Chip (@Chip216) 'Money & Fame' | All Unsigned® Digital Hip Hop Magazine". Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Rebel Castles Releases & Artists on Beatport". Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "44108 (Deluxe Edition) [Explicit]: King Chip: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved . 

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