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Born in Caledonia, MS, Dale Ferrell was no stranger to music. With his father, Ben ferrell, playing gigs every weekend throught the surrounding states, he was introduced to rhythm at an early age. At the young age of 2, the rambunctious and accident-pron child opened up a small playing piano for his second Christmas. While five other cousins and siblings were banging and bruising the keys that same morning, he was very patient and curious, playing each key individually listening to the different sounds that were created. It was then, at such a young age, that his grandparents saw the music in him.
At the age of Nine, after countless years of nagging to his father, he was given a guitar. Every weekend he sat down with his father to learn as much as he could. He was able to learn the basics before he started to drift of into a different perspective, writing.
Poetry seemed to intrigue him the most and was the only form of writing he recognized at the time. With self expression written in a rhyming form, he was able to let go of his thoughts without actually speaking to someone about them. He did not have the worst of all childhoods but it wasn’t exactly a cake walk. The domestic violence that occurred along with a sudden drastic change of scenery left the innocent poet in a state of mind not well dealt with. Far from his relatives, he found himself in the Volunteer state by age 10. Feeling lost, it seemed the only way to escape was through a pad and pen.
Classic Rock, Country, and Blues were his first preferences in music. His father would practice the hell raising, partying, guitar solo shredding Rock-N-Roll for his gigs on the weekends, and really preferred blues overall; while with his mother, he was exposed to the brokenhearted, beer drinking, boot scooting twang music. The first rap song he ever heard was “Roll Out” by Ludacris on a visit back home one summer shortly after his move. Automatically he was fascinated by the genre of music. Rap, not so much loved by his parents, was only listened to on his portable cd player through bass driven headphones. Though his interest in Hip-Hop grew by the minute, he never excluded himself to Rap and Rap only. The appreciation he had for music was much deeper than a simple favorite song or preferred genre. Not only did he listen to Hip-Hop, Country, Blues, and Rock-N-Roll, but he was also exposed to the oldies music of the 50′s and 60′s. His grandparents were much into music as he was, which he would find out later on. Every visit to Trussville, AL, where his grandparents lived, was filled with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, old Christmas songs, and orchestrated classical music gently flowing through the main living room. Almost every relative had the music intelligence of a musicians genius, and it was slowly beginning to rub off on him. With this type of art surrounding him from all different angles, he developed a strong and burning passion for it all.
Not until he heard a local rapper from his new high school, did he ever think twice about exposing his poetry to the world. “J Cy” now known as “J Cyrus” was a young developing artist trying to make a name for himself in the genre. After a friend got a hold of his tape being passed out, one full listen opened up an entire new world for two teenagers. Anthony Nehr shared a passion for Hip-Hop with Dale. The two were fascinated by the idea of creating their own musical masterpiece. They came up with the stage names “Sippi” and “Dertty a.N.t”, which came from the state Dale was born in and the rapper Nelly’s establishment “Dirty ENT.” Right away they were determined to make a name for themselves.
The first thing ever recorded by Sippi was “Mississippi” the tape. A cassette tape with artwork created by Sippi himself; there was only about five copies ever made. With the help of his little sister’s karaoke machine, he was able to pull together his first ever full, actual “Mixtape.” After a listen from Derrty a.N.t, they were both ready to “make it big”, in their mind. From there, under the production “Derrty Fresh” they created, the two recorded four CD’s throughout their highschool experience, now known as the “High School Tapes.” With Sippi in the driver’s seat, Derrty a.N.t gave him the motivation and support to continue his journey in music. After high school, Sippi began the “Lost In Tranzlation” series along with a joint project with his father, “Distorted.”
When Sippi made his way back into his hometown in the summer of 2011, he was graciously introduced to Retro South Music Group. Krucial, Gettyberg, JC, and manager Orlando welcomed him into a studio, something he had yet to experience as an artist. After many appearances at shows throught MS and AL with the group, Sippi decided that the stage name “Sippi” was too common among local rappers in the area. With the help of Retro, the name William Faulkner was brought up. The name came from a very famous short story author who was; in fact, born a Mississippi native. Taking a liking to the name and the concept behind it, He shortened the name to “Willie Faulk” which gave it its own original feel.
Willie Faulk has developed his own personality as well as his own style of music. With spoken word as his main priority, the messages encripted throughout his work is nothing short of unique. Following no one and cutting his own path, the future holds bright for this young and talented artist.