Chip Tha Ripper leaves no question about his allegiances: "I ain't from the internet, I'm from the hood."

Chip Tha Ripper leaves no question about his allegiances: "I ain't from the internet, I'm from the hood." That hasn't stopped the online music intelligentsia from embracing the Cleveland rapper as one of its own. He's as tone-deaf as his Kanye-approved cohort Kid Cudi, as cocky as Gucci Mane and savvy enough to release a brightly colored cartoon mixtape called "The Cleveland Show." (At least one blogger posted it just because he liked the cover art. Not that Chip cares about bloggers, of course.) The 3rd, L.e., NiQ and Midas Touch will open.

-Chris DeVille