The Fifth Parlour had the opportunity to chat with Sony-Kartel artiste, Joe Flizzow earlier this month. The 38 year old Malaysian rapper and entrepreneur was dressed in his own clothing line which will soon be released. He spilled the beans on his future plans as well as his latest English single, Drop!
Credits: Sony Music Singapore
The Johorean is no stranger to our shores as he has been travelling regularly since he was as young as 10. Joe has an impressive track record in Malaysia as he grows his business empire, known as Kartel. Kartel is a diverse range of business that includes his record label (Kartel Hitmen), Joe’s barbershop and his personalised owned merchandise outlet, Budak Baek and in the works of producing a reality show cultivating future Hip-Hop performers in Malaysia.
Joe’s second single, Apa Khabar at the Malaysian’s acclaimed award shows at the Anugerah Industri Muzik 21 and Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) made history for a Malaysian Hip-Hop song in the Song of the Year category. Drop is the latest single by Joe. The track is produced by Singaporean rapper, Alif formerly from SleeQ and mastered by notable sound engineer Chris Athens. The creation of lyrics took Joe only six hours, a skill that he said to impress a girl which he likes, mission accomplished!
The Instagram worthy music video was shot in Phuket, Thailand at Sri Panwa Resort which is owned by his close friend. The location was strategically chosen by Joe as he did not want to shoot the video in his home country due to its uniqueness. Drop seeks to celebrate the positive vibes of life such as temptations, fame, future promises which he had in mind as it causes a ripple effect to undermine the negative traits of life.
Joe recalls his music collaborations he had through out his career since 1998. In an interview earlier this year, he explained his efforts to create a foundation and revolutionise the local Hip-hop scene in Malaysian. Joe describes his fondest memories that took place three years ago for the Future Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur with the Wu-Tang Clan. He also complemented on the flawless and talented Indonesian singer, Rossa who he worked with in katakan.
The following are 5 amazing facts about Joe Flizzow (which fans may not know) :
- Honest – He speaks his mind all the time whenever he can and his not afraid to say as it is!
- Funny – This is a giveaway from the charisma when is performing.
- Focused – He knows what he ones, and this evident from his chart topping hits on radio and TV!
- Ambitious – This is directly related to being focused in being his empire especially for his recording label. (He has plans to recruit fresh blood, you might be the one!)
- Hungry – Well, he is human after all!
Keep your eyes peeled as he will be releasing more tracks in the months to come. Apart from Sonaone, who is a member of Kartel Hitmen group will be joined by many more acts to come as Joe has hinted that his “radar is on” for exciting acts in the world. He will be travelling to Holland in the coming future for a music festival to do so.
Fans of his clothing line Budak Baek, will soon be able to visit his flagship store in Kuala Lumpur when it opens on 11 March 2018! Alternatively, you can order them online at the link here! Don’t forget to check out Joe Flizow’s Drop on Spotify and Youtube!
The Fifth Parlour would like to thank Joe for the interview and Sony Music Singapore for coordinating the interview.