Popularly known as PROFESSOR RIPFACE, Yohannes is a Toronto born and raised musician, born to Jamaican parents. His music is greatly influenced by his father who was a multi-instrumentalist and sensational musician. Yohannes was intrigued at a very young age by the wonderful sounds and melodies his father would create with his instruments. Ultimately, this led to his appeal for music and sounds. After losing his father to cancer in 2018, Yohannes became more propelled to go into music full-time.
In 2020, Yohannes entered the music industry with the artist name “Professor Ripface.” He believed that this name would best describe the mix of both his personalities. “Professor”portrays the side of Yohannes that enjoys learning, reading, and mastering new skills. “Ripface” represents his street side which is raw, uncensored and unapologetic. Professor Ripface dropped his debut single, "Money Right," on all streaming platforms inApril 2020. Later that year he released his first EP titled“Energia.” His EP consists of five songs full of personal life experiences, dynamic sounds, soothing melodies, and a lot ofenergy. In early January of 2021, the video to “Money Right" premiered on YouTube. After the release of his first official video, he had his first billboard posted in Toronto. His single “Money Right” has been featured on major platforms such as Worldstarhiphop.com, Torontorappers.com and Upn6xt Media.Professor Ripface is embraced and acknowledged by other artists in the industry and even received a special shout out by this favorite artist, "Jadakiss."
Yohannes understands his essence as a musician and continues to evolve by constantly working on developing himself and his craft. He is passionate about giving the world refreshing and energetic music. He also enjoys sharing his life experiences with his audience and hopes to inspire people who are faced with similar challenges. Using music as a medium, his goal is to entertain people, inspire lives through music and become a prominent artist in the mainstream music industry.
What hometown are you repping?
I am repping the city of Toronto.
What are some of your influences?
Throughout my career I have been influenced by artists such as: The Lox, Jay Z,
50 Cent, Cam’ron, Max B, Teddy Pendergrass, Tevin Campbell, Dennis Brown,
Beres Hammond, Garnet Silk, and Bob Marley.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as an artist so far?
Some of my accomplishments as an artist so far have been getting my debut
single “Money Right” featured on Jadakiss’s mix tape “The Block Is Hot Vol.3.” I
also received a special shout out from Jadakiss in which he co-signed my single
“Money Right.” The video to “Money Right,” reached more than 10k views in the
first 3 weeks on YouTube. After the release of my first official video, I had my first
billboard posted in my hometown, the city of Toronto. My single “Money Right”
has been featured on major platforms such as Worldstarhiphop.com,
Torontorappers.com and Upn6xt Media.
What are some of the accomplishments you are aiming for in the near future?
As an artist, I hope to make my first studio album, collaborate with other artists,
continue to grow my fan base, and perform at my first live show. As an
entrepreneur, I want to continue to build and grow my business at my record
label, Don’t Watch Face Records. Overall, my goal is to entertain people, inspire
lives through my music and to be a successful businessman.
Tell us about your most recent release. What is it about? What is the message
you are conveying through your music?
In September 2020, I released my first EP titled “Energia.” My EP consists of five
songs full of dynamic sounds, soothing melodies, and a lot of energy. I share
personal life experiences in my songs with the hope that the audience can relate
to my story or be inspired by it. The message I am conveying through my music
is that we all have struggles and painful life experiences, but we must find a
better way of coping and dealing with our personal situations. If you’re going
through a tough time, try to see the light at the end of the tunnel, meditate and
reflect on your situation before acting out. Find your passion, do what you love,
who cares what other’s will think. Just tell them “Don’t Watch Face,” and do what
makes you happy!
How long have you been in the game?
My father was a multi-instrumentalist and musician. At a very young age, I was
surrounded by different sounds and melodies that he would create with his
instruments. As I got older, I began singing or rapping to the beats my father
would make. In 2012, I bought my own equipment and made my own little studio
in my bedroom. I would record myself singing and rapping and I would share my
music with my family and friends. They would tell me I had a vibe going on and
that I should get more serious with my craft. After losing my father to cancer in
2018, I became more propelled to dedicate myself into my music full-time. I got
back into the studio and started recording again. I officially entered the music
scene when I dropped my single “Money Right,” in April of 2020.
What’s your message to your fans?
My message is to always believe in yourself! Don’t let other people’s opinion stop
you from doing what you love. Disregard the haters along your journey, tell them
“don’t watch face,” and focus on those who show you love. Always support those
who support you. I encourage everyone to take care of their mental health;
mediate, reflect, heal, and grow. Protect your energy and do what’s best for you.
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