Charles Jawanzaa Worth (born October 20, 1986), better known by his stage name King Chip (formerly known as Chip tha Ripper), is an American hip hop recording artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He is best known for his collaboration with longtime friend and fellow rapper Kid Cudi, who signed him to his record label Wicked Awesome Records.
2006-2011: Chip tha Ripper and mixtapes:
Since 2006, Worth obtained a significant following through hip-hop blogs and frequent appearances on mixtapes. 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. 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. 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.
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. Chip was a featured artist on the track "The End" from Kid Cudi's sophomore 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).
2012-present: Name change 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). 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." His first credit under the new pseudonym was his role as a featured artist on longtime friend and collaborator 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.