Coming out of the trenches of Kansas City is the newborn artist, “Zipp” (formally known as TU’).  His father raised him and taught him that with respect, no one would ever disrespect.  Without knowing of his talents in the studio, Zipp focused strongly on football while going off to a two-year college and ended up returning home due to ankle injuries.  Soon after he returned to Kansas City, Zipp discovered a new hobby that would change his life forever.  While releasing the last two mixtapes at the beginning of 2013, fans awaited for new upcoming projects from Zipp.  Motivation played a huge factor in his life due to all of his positive influences and pursuing music full time is Zipp’s new forte. 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What city and state are you from?


ZIPP: I was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas but my roots come from Kansas City, Missouri and Madison, Illinois.  I have great support from both sides of the family.  Rapping didn’t touch any segment of my mind until I became a senior in high school.  Where I’m from, you start to get criticized for adding the “rapper” label to your name because Kansas City artists are stereotyped to being one-sided rappers who sound similar to the rest of the KC artists.  I begged to differ.  I set my goals and I became versatile.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What is your music background?

ZIPP: Growing up I was always into sports, as I am now, but I really had a passion for becoming a famous drummer.  My father kept a drum set in the basement of the first house I lived in.  I started playing a full drum set when I was only 3 or 4 years old and was playing in church services in no time.  I looked up to great drummers like Tony Royster Jr. and Dennis Chambers.  All of that ended when my parents got a divorce 11 years ago.  From that point on, it was hard to focus on my dreams.  I then moved to Maryland Heights, Missouri with my mother and my little sister.  Soon I started to get used to the new environment and the new friends.  I noticed that all of my new friends stayed updated on all of the new rap music that was released.  I quickly picked up the habit of getting in trouble every day at school for listening to music on my headphones during class.  I didn’t care about paying attention in class but somehow I was still able to make good grades; I was always a kid that made good grades.  While living in STL (Saint Louis), I discovered that I stayed right down the road from Murphy Lee’s restaurant called Good For You Café.I used to visit and eat there while wondering what it would be like if I made it in the music industry one day.  Some years passed by and I still have music attached to my soul.  It didn’t take long for people to realize that when it came to music, my motivation and ambition was 25 on a scale of 1 to 10.  I felt as if I had OCD because it would bother me tremendously if my work didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.  I felt like my work in the studio had to be above average to meet my personal evaluation standards (evaluating myself to see what needs improvement).


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

ZIPP: I feel that if I record and release my own music then it would be my own style of originality. Due to this fact, I would inspire more artists to do the same; although, I still believe in having a team.  I feel that everyone needs some help in certain situations.  Being independent is important, but there are areas that can be filled with intelligent personnel.  An advantage to recording and releasing your own music results in not having to worry about anyone betraying the trust.  Everything would be on my time management.  I like to work fast, steady and give maximum effort. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your songs about?

ZIPP: My songs are about staying on the grind and the good and the past experiences in my life.  To a certain degree, I’ll talk about the things I do in my spare time.  I use metaphors, similes, antonyms, etc.  I incorporate real life situations mixed with the buzz going on in society.  I reflect on past events dealing with the industry’s big ups and downfalls.  I’m very blunt with my lingo when I speak about the everyday life of people who come from my generation.  I sometimes sugarcoat things to make the audience use their brain when dealing with the different punchlines.  I look at it like this: the audience wants to see me apart from other artists just so they can compare the pros and cons between other artists and I.  I then look for ways to stand out with my originality. I take the initiative and make songs that I know for a fact other people can relate to because somewhere in life they’ve experienced the same problems or success. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Who are your musical influences?

ZIPP: I picked up the drumming talent from my father.  He was known for playing at different churches around Kansas City.  Soon I was playing better than him with my finesse attitude.  After I stopped playing the drums and picked up the rap trend, my first favorite rapper was of course Lil Wayne.  I couldn’t, and still can’t, go anywhere in public without people saying that I look like a younger version of him.  I kept all of his mixtapes on my iPod when I hit high school.  Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar, Don Trip, Big Sean, and Drake stay on my playlists as well.  I listen to Meek Mill because in my opinion, there is no artists as real him.  Versatile artists always catch my attention and motivate me to write lyrics.  Kendrick Lamar is talented all over.  He demonstrates the poetic side of life and is very lyrical.  Listening to Big Sean makes me want to bring strong originality to my music with mind blowing lyrical structure.  Don Trip is well underrated and he is a positive influence on me because he demonstrates that there’s always a way to get past certain obstacles.  I’ve been rocking with Drake for as long as I’ve been listening to Wayne because he goes 100% bar by bar on all of his songs.  Drake demonstrates that hard work and ambition is key.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How would you describe your music to people?

ZIPP: I would describe my music in many different ways.  I can turn up for the people that like to kick it.  I tend to go in mellow mode for the people who just like to vibe.  After listening to one of my songs, you might be ready to head to the bank to make a deposit for some pocket cash.  My music sends a message to all people that have a problem with me in life.  I don’t try to start any problems but I have to get my point across to make people see both sides of the picture. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

ZIPP: The fact that I grew up with a hard working father sets me apart from a lot of other artists.  You always hear about how artists who grew up without a father had to take care of themselves.  I’m different in that area because I had a father in my life to keep me on track with my future goals.  My father spoiled me as a child because he did everything he could in order to keep a smile on my face.  My father is my role model because I want to develop the same work ethic he demonstrated on a daily basis and incorporate it into the business side of my music.  Another thing that sets me apart from other artists is that I am versatile.  I can adjust to the musical environment at the drop of a dime.  A lot of artists give off the image of being hardcore while I simply give off a positive vibe to show that I have the greater good on my mind.  I persevere when the times get hard and it motivates me to achieve my goals.  The sky is the limit with everything that I do and I always think of ways I can improve.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music and how did you overcome?

ZIPP: One of my hardest challenges was being able to find an active studio.  Over the years I’ve been from studio to studio.  I learned quickly about the people who were trying to better my success versus the people who were trying to feed off of my success.  Every studio I visited gave me good tips and positive feedback on my work.  I would impress each engineer by having my lyrics already rehearsed and my vocals ready to record.  Soon, finding a studio wasn’t a problem because the word spread to various producers and artists about my talents and being able to focus during studio sessions.  That challenge turned into a great advantage for me because whenever I needed studio time three or four different studios would be one call away willing to go out of their way for my services. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are some upcoming projects you are working on?

ZIPP: I am currently working on two different albums for the ending of 2013 and beginning of 2014.  I figured I’d hit the studio hard and record as many tracks as possible and choose from a huge bulk of bangers.  I want my solo album “Way Way Back” that I’m working on to be finished and released in December, my  birthday month.   My other album is a collaboration album, “Family MaKCers” that I’m working on with my cousin FatmaKc Biggs. This will be released at the start of 2014.  The “Way Way Back” album consists of a young role model doing what he can do in order to make it in life as he fights all of the obstacles he foresees.  The album also reflects on how I was raised and what kind of adult I turned out to be.  The “Family MaKCers” album is basically consisting of the barriers between the outsiders and my family.  Family always has to stick together and work together in order to win together.  You notice that the title “Family MaKCers” is spelled with a capital “KC” basically to let people know that KC is where we’re from and we are on the look out! I also have unreleased tracks because I will be putting together a couple of mixtapes to keep my fans updated with recent music while waiting for the albums to drop. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

ZIPP: My career goals are very simple.  I want to excel and blow people out of the water with my new sounds.  I want to learn and master the technique of making beats so I can depend only on myself.  I feel that my talents towards music will take me very far in life and in this industry.  I make new goals almost every day and I overachieve to accomplish short term goals.  Accomplishing my short term goals puts me a couple steps closer to my long term goals.   All of my goals are tied into one huge category called “Success.”  I want to succeed in what I like to do best and that’s making music.  Another goal of mine is to graduate college.  Of course I don’t need a degree to make music but if I graduated college I would be one of the few in my family to make that happen.  It is very important for me to go to school and get a degree to back me up just in case I don’t take the right routes in this music business. I feel as if I can do both school and music.  My main goal is to start a business of my own field of work and turn it into a huge success.  Business is good when you are surrounded by the right crowd of people who want to see you fly, not sink.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

ZIPP: My fans can access me at the following links:


YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC02pEi9ipdkkrNa_a9InFKA


Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheRapperZipp




Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/zipptheripper


Instagram:  http://instagram.com/_static_shock_


Reverbnation:   https://www.reverbnation.com/zipp


Datpiff:   http://www.datpiff.com/Zipp-Spacepack-mixtape.515969.html




Soundcloud:   https://soundcloud.com/wurrk-productions


0DayHotMusic:   http://0dayhotmusic.com/wurrk-productions/zipp-fatmakc-biggs-hit-the-liq











  1. I really like how you used your home life as apart of your musical diversity. Like you said a lot of young brothers don’t have fathers, so that’s a majority of what their character shows. Your father shows you work ethic, and your character shows that. Wish you all the best Haygood. Remember, in all that you do keep The most high first.

  2. Dope article fam. Just stopping through to show support for my boy ZIPP and tell you keep grinding and hit me up for a feat. on “Way Way Back.” This Kenyon The DAWN – IAA Spotlight Artist – Arkansas’ Hottest Star – showing love now return the favor.

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  3. I went to High School with this man. One of the most motivated and best guys I have met. We played Football together and let me tell you he can do anything when he sets his mind to it. I wish you luck in your journey bro just remember to always STAYGOOD!

  4. Went to high school with this man, I looked up to him though he probably never noticed. He has always been a hard worker, I mean unmatched work ethic. With his work ethic alone I know he will go far in whatever path he chooses to go. Peace to him!

  5. I went to college with him and I really like how he’s on his hustle to purse his dreams and go after what he wants. He’s not letting anything stop him and I love that. It motivates me to continue my dreams and pursue harder for my passion in life. Every time when I see him post something new he has accomplished. He never stops and for that I give him his props.

  6. This is crazy! I remember when Zipp used to show me his songs. I didn’t believe it was him. His style and way of thinking is way above what other rappers write about. Its amazing how fast he’s getting out there, and I’m proud of him. I hope his completes his dreams because he deserves it. A real Kansas city rapper who is well rounded and open minded. Its hard to find one who you can just listen to the music and the lyrics; and Zipp is definitely one of a kind. I wish you the best.

  7. Grew up with Eric and learned alot from him. Playing football and going to school with him I never met anyone more determined to succeed and be the best that he can be. Eric is one of the hardest workers that I have ever met and will grind every day to do what needs to be done and achieve his goals. Eric was a leader and a positive influence for everyone that came into his life. Keep doing you and represent KC bro!

  8. I’ve created masterpieces with this artis and he one of the most given men I know, not to mention his lyrical vocabulary and flow is sick. Zipp your hustle is going to take you straight to the top keep moving V’s up #SWP

  9. I honestly like TU’s music.. It’s not a bunch of bs like what’s going around now. He’s lyrically inclined and his metaphors are nice. I hope this young cat expands his music career because it needs to be heard by more people out there.

  10. He most definitely stands out from the crowd not just with his motivation but his determination to work hard to excel. He is definitely more than average and is very talented. He sets himself apart by his focus on music alone. He by far has what it takes.

  11. I like all types of music but I never cared for rap. But Zipp quickly changed my mind on that, I like his music cause it not only rap but music. His words, voice and beat flows all together. He gives his music a nice touch! Keep it up!

  12. I first heard about him through my sister and just knowing how everyone wants to be a rapper didn’t make him any different but hearing his music, I thought I was listening to a well known rapper. His music is high quality and different. He puts a lot of work in his music!

  13. This is a artist! I loved how detailed his interview was and just by the interview he seems so different and his music shows how different he is. True talent!

  14. I am a dancer and I know music. This young man is talented and should be signed. Props to you bro. I give props when props are due

  15. I am not from kansas city but I do live in st. Louis he is beyod different. Wanna be rappers are all the same, but he seems to not be a wanna be.

  16. He got what it takes. He need to so a song with my boyfriend but my baby might get jealous. He has the look and seems like he is going down the right path. He sounds like drake to me.

  17. He has his head on straight and work hard I can just tell he works hard. Music is his passion and he is very talented. He has a true talent. Don’t forget where you come from zipp!

  18. This is probably the first upcoming rapper that sounds educated and is humble. I like how he talks about his family. Family is a great support system. He really seems like a hard worker just by reading thr interview and the comments. Great things are bond to happen. Just awesome you even got a interview alone. A lot of props to him.

  19. This is very moving, he ain’t always talking about hoes but real life situations. That is good type of rap, stuff you can relate too. Keep it that way.

  20. You go zipp, idk you but heard of you from kiera. You got the right motivation that gives you success. Keep working hard.

  21. I thought I knew everything about my son, & too my surprise I had no clue of his lyrical ability. I’ve seen my son progress from athlete to entertainer. I was considered a soccer mom, because I was involved in every area of athletics during his childhood. Eric played the drums, basketball, softball, baseball, & football. As a child, he always possessed leadership qualities. Now my baby has become a man, and I’m extremely proud of his accomplishments. I don’t know if my son remembers this statement, but I always told him as a child, “I see greatness in you.” I LOVE YOU SON!

  22. TU tells it how it is. He is one motivational and inspirational character. Known him long enough to know he’ll be successful in life, he has a vision, a dream, and will give it his all to accomplish it.

  23. I like to see musicians that take what they are doing seriously. Especially when they’re so close to home. It’s people like Zipp that show that hard work does pay off. Do ya thing yo. You’re doing just fine.

  24. His moms comment alone shows you his talent. He more than just average. It is really hard to have good rap now a days. I can listen to his music.

  25. You Have Always Been Very Driven And Motivated. I Love The Passion That You Have For Your Music And Making Your Dreams Come True…..Keep It Up! 🙂

  26. I remember when we were roommates back at Cofferyville Community College , you use to always have them head phones on listen to instrumentals and witting, and that was just a couple years ago and now you done blew up to one of the hottest artists in KC. Like they say “Hard Work Pays Off” and it’s showing that it’s paying off for you! You was one person I knew that didn’t let the negativity get in the way of your dream. Proud I got see one of my good friends that’s like a brother to me to be making his dream come true! You Gone make it!

  27. This is what the music industry needs! Young motivated talent. People these days just down for the money. when you doing it for
    The love of music and your fans, your already 10 steps ahead!!! Chilled with Zipp he is a cool respectful guy! I know you’ll make it, much love support 😉

  28. I have one brother and that’s my big brother Eric. My brother is the most caring person ever, he might be a butt at times but I love him. He is so talented at what he does, I know his music by heart now:) he can be very protective of me , but that’s okay. Anyway, my brother is a great writer. I hope one day he will make it, and make me smile! I will be his number one fan!!!;)))
    Love your little sis, Essence!

  29. I been vibing to this all dang day since kiera been telling the team to comment. I ain’t going to lie but I definitely knew I needed. You the sht

  30. I may not know you but I know for sure that you talented, yo beats be on point dude, I promise you though. When i heard that beat i knew it was going to be hot. just keep at it dude.

  31. Keep on rapping, and I will forever listen to your music. I mean i can’t hate or front the beats on point and you got something to rap about, i can dig it.

  32. You look like you should be famous already, you got the look and the talent. Tattoos and dreads, females going to love you when you as big as like Wale! Just remember where you came from and keep your supporters in your life. I love this interview, you stay humble dude. stay humble and work hard.

  33. Congratulations on this interview! I know big things are in your future and all of your experiences will have prepared you for your moment. Praying for your continued success! Love the way your repping!

  34. Your music is like poetry and i love that. you aint rapping about no bull crap but you rapping about stuff that everyone can relate too, no matter what. So when you get famous keep rapping about life and be different from these ordinary rappers. you have more than the well known rappers now! Keep doing you

  35. You have good beats, you keep going the route that you are going and you are sure to make it. I just love the music and the creativity that you put into it.

  36. I can definitely listen to your music in the car, or whenever cause you just got the skill to make me and anyone else listen to it. I love the beat and the effort and time you put into the music.

  37. Remember this son,” Home team Home team, always together, and we never let anyone disrespect us”. That’s just a saying, I raised my son on, Basicly letting him know that he’s just as great a person as anyone else. I truly feel the slogan was effective, because he’s never felt less than his dreams. Eric is very hard working and focused toward things of interest to him. I figure he’ll be a great artist someday. After college. Lol

  38. Enjoyed reading your article. It’s great that someone so positive (not just now but since Ive known you) is following dreams and making something of them self. You deserve it.

  39. Im so proud of you, you sound well grounded and ready to put on for your city. Keep your eye on the prize and you will go far, Kansas City on both sides are behind you all the way!!!

  40. Staygood keep makin moves.. Music is real nice man, I just listen to it, I’m impressed, shoulda had u in my old studio back in turner makin music years ago.. Consider me a fan

    That (PM) track is raw.. More of that

  41. This my nigga we grew up together that’s the amazing part about this bro ZIPP keep giving it to him give a nigga a year I got you we gone compete

  42. Zipp is definitely a talented artist. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him, and I look forward to seeing him grow, and mature into an even better artist!!!!!! One love from MuhSwagga Ali!!!! Keep it up!!!!

  43. Ive known Zipp for a short amount of time and since day one I noticed that he has his mind set to only succeding. Hes also a great guy to talk to. He’s not like the rest of the rappers that only rap about sex, his songs make more sense than some of these rappers that are less lyrical. I hope God takes care of him and if he ever feels like giving up just remember there’s people out here that support him and don’t want him to give up.

  44. Zipp is one of the few artist that deserves all the attention he’s getting! His music is positive (dont want to sound cliche’) but its the truth! you hear a lot of peoples music & know their background but they don’t match at all. He’s inspiring because he raps about what he lives, & not a fairytale. im proud to say that i know him & ran track w/ him 🙂 good luck although real talent doesnt need any! ily 🙂

  45. I so proud of you nephew. I hope your music will go far. Stay facous on your music. My god cont. to be with you I love you.

  46. Zipp go#if you sleep#man wake yo ass up#cause this is raw uncut talent in yo face#i met another KC person tha was just like this#she was on SNL last night#Janelle Monae#im just being honest#LA

  47. All I can say is “Wow!” Eric was one of my babies from church. I remember him being a little midget playing the drummers, basketball & football. Now his all grown up perusing his dreams. I’m proud of you! Keep up the great work & stay focused! Love Mo!

  48. My cousin… grew up together and everything he did was a competition and he always had to be #1.. and aint nun changed especially with his music im proud of you boo.. I love you soo much ! God is gone follow through.. watch

  49. OMGOSH! You work is amazing, and I love it. Keep doing it and the money and fame will be coming to someone like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!