Lil' Flip

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Lil' Flip
Birth name Wesley Eric Weston, Jr.
Also known as Lil' Flip, The Freestyle King, Fliperaci
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 34)
Origin Cloverland, Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1997–present
Labels Clover G, SoSouth (current)
Sucka Free, Loud, Columbia, Sony Urban, Asylum, Warner Bros., Hi-Power, E1 Music (former)
Associated acts David Banner, Young Buck, Lil Scrappy, Ludacris, Mike Jones, Pimp C, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, K-Rino, Mr. Capone-E, Static Major

Wesley Eric Weston, Jr.[1][2] (born on March 3, 1981),[1] better known by his stage name Lil' Flip, is an American rapper. He is best known for his singles "I Can Do Dat" from his debut album The Leprechaun, "The Way We Ball" from his second album Undaground Legend, "Sunshine" from his third album U Gotta Feel Me, "Game Over" also from his third album U Gotta Feel Me and "Rollin on 20's" from the 2 Fast 2 Furious Soundtrack.

Music career[edit]

1999–2000: The Leprechaun[edit]

In 1999 Lil' Flip would sign his first record deal with independent Houston, Texas label Suckafree Records. On July 18, 2000 Lil' Flip would release his debut album The Leprechaun, catching the attention of DJ Screw, who added the rapper into his loose-knit rap group called the Screwed Up Click. DJ Screw pronounced Lil Flip, "The Freestyle King."[3]

2001–03: Undaground Legend[edit]

In 2002, Columbia Records offered Flip a contract and Suckafree a distribution deal. Flip stated "We felt that they not only respected what we'd already accomplished on our own, but they also saw the big picture of what me as an artist, and Hump and I as Suckafree's CEOs were all about." Lil Flip released his second album Undaground Legend on August 27, 2002. The album was certified Platinum in December 2002. It contained his hit single "The Way We Ball". In 2003 Lil' Flip was also featured in David Banner single "Like A Pimp". Then he also made featured appearance on Yung Wun's charting single "Tear It Up". He also made another appearance on Three 6 Mafia single "Ridin' Spinners" that made the charts. In 2003, he also did a track with Ludacris called "Screwed Up".

2004–05: U Gotta Feel Me[edit]

In 2004 Lil' Flip released his third album & first double-disc album U Gotta Feel Me it his most successful album to date. Lil' Flip's label Columbia restructured Flip ended up at Sony Urban Music which could promote his work better. The first single from the album was "Game Over (Flip)". After that he quickly released his second single, "Sunshine" featuring Lea Sunshine. This album sold 198,000 domestic copies in its first week and was certified double Platinum by August, 2004. Lil' Flip also made an appearance on the "Naughty Girl (Remix)" with Beyoncé in 2004. He was also featured on Chingy's Powerballin' on the remix of Chingy's successful hit single "Balla Baby". In 2004 he also made a remix to his hit single "Game Over (Flip)" which featured Young Buck and Bun B. He also made a guest appearance on Nelly's successful 2004 album "Sweat". He also collaborated with Jim Jones and The Game on the "Certified Gangstas (Remix)" in 2004. In 2005 Lil' Flip & Z-Ro made a collaboration album entitled Kings of the South. Also in 2005 Lil' Flip was featured in Chamillionaire's first single "Turn It Up". He was also featured in the remix of Bun B's single "Draped Up".[3]

2007-09: I Need Mine & Respect Me[edit]

In 2007 Lil' Flip left Columbia records, founding his own label Clover G Records & would sign a new label deal with Asylum & Warner Bros.. Lil' Flip would release his third album & second double-disc album entitled I Need Mine on March 27, 2007, the album debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 with 43,000 copies sold in its first week. Only two singles were released from the album, "What It Do" & "Ghetto Mindstate (Can't Get Away)".

His planned fifth album Ahead of My Time was originally set to be released as early as 2007, but was pushed back many times. Lil' Flip released two "album-before-the-album's" in 2009 to help promote the release of Ahead of My Time.[4][5] On September 29, 2009 Lil' Flip would release his fifth album entitled Respect Me to promote Ahead of My Time, it would be distributed by High Powered Entertainment & E1 Music. On December 24, 2009 Lil' Flip would release his first independent album entitled Underground Legend 2 to promote Ahead of My Time, it would be distributed independently by Lil' Flip's self-owned label Clover G Records.[6]

2010–present: El Jefe[edit]

On July 6, 2010 Lil' Flip would release Ahead of My Time as his second independent album, it would be distributed independently by Lil' Flip's self-owned label Clover G Records.

On October 31, 2013 Lil' Flip released his third independent album The Black Dr. Kevorkian, it would also be distributed independently by Lil' Flip's self-owned label Clover G Records & would sell over 10,000 copies its first week.

On March 17, 2015 Lil' Flip would release his sixth album entitled El Jefe, it would be distributed by SoSouth Records.[7][8] The lead single from the album was entitled "Game Over II", which was sequel to his critically acclaimed single "Game Over (Flip)".[9] The second single from the album, was entitled "In My Pimp C Voice", which was a dedication song towards deceased artist Pimp C.[10] The third single from the album, was entitled "Bestfriend" the single would feature artist's E.J. & Rev City.[11][12]

Other ventures[edit]

Clover G Records[edit]

Clover G Records
Founded 2004
Founder Wesley "Lil' Flip" Weston, Jr (CEO) & (President)
Status Active
Distributor(s) Asylum, Warner Bros. (2007-2008)
Genre Hip-hop, pop, Crunk, R&B
Country of origin United States
Location Houston, Texas (2004-present)

Clover G Records or Clover G La Familia is a record label owned by Houston, Texas rapper Lil' Flip, it would was created in 2004.

Current artist[13]

Fashion designing[edit]

In 2004 Lil' Flip would release his shoe line entitled "Clover Footwear" which is branded off his self-owned label Clover G Records.[14] Lil' Flip also has a fashion clothing line entitled "Clover G Clothing" which is also branded off his self-owned label Clover G Records.[15]

Author[edit]

On April 15, 2014 Lil' Flip released his first book entitled Don't Let the Music Industry Fool You!, the book was released with a soundtrack album.[16][17]

Controversy[edit]

T.I.[edit]

In 2004 while Atlanta, Georgia rapper T.I. was incarcerated, Lil Flip would take issue with T.I. over his "King of the South" claims which launched a much publicized feud. In an October 26, 2004 interview with HipHopDX.com, T.I. said he'd heard comments about Flip's "lyrical ability" for a long time but told music journalist Bayer Mack he didn't speak on it because he "wasn't raised like that". T.I. said he was also upset Lil' Flip waited until his incarceration to criticize him.[18] According to AllHipHop,[19] According to AllHipHop, an altercation with T.I. occurred in Lil' Flip's neighborhood, the Cloverland section of Houston.[20] It has been said that T.I. reasons for visiting the neighborhood was to create a DVD to expose Lil' Flip to be a fraud. When T.I. arrived with his entourage, he was met by Flip and his respective entourage, where it is said a fight broke out when one of the members of Flip's entourage began swinging at T.I., which resulted in one of T.I.'s bodyguards to begin shooting. The same day T.I. went on a Houston, Texas radio station and revealed that he had recorded a phone conversation between him and fellow Houston, Texas rapper Scarface, and was going to release it with an upcoming mixtape, the taped conversation between T.I. and Scarface was put on a DJ Drama mixtape and Scarface says he has never heard of Lil'Flip. The feud was later squashed by Rap-a-Lot Records's CEO J. Prince after having the two sit down & resolve it. The feud was documented by the Houston Press.[21]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Lil' Flip discography
Studio albums

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Don't Let The Music Industry Fool You! by Wesley "Lil' Flip" Weston (2014: Harris Royal Bloodline Publishing, 15 April 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason (2008). "Lil' Flip: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Proctor, Becky (April 18, 2002). "Lil' Flip OK after shooting, still plans to release album" (FEE REQUIRED). Houston, Texas: University Wire. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Lil' Flip Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived February 26, 2011). Pandora.com
  4. ^ Arnold, Paul W (2009-09-18). "Lil Flip Talks "Respect Me," Rap-A-Lot Records | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Chicken N Beer: Where are they now?" BET
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - Underground Legend 2 by Lil' Flip.". 
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/el-jefe/id967506405
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/El-Jefe-Explicit-Lil-Flip/dp/B00TPPZ60K
  9. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/game-over-ii-single/id917464922
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-pimp-c-voice-single/id947959320
  11. ^ http://www.hiphopweekly.com/lil-flip-bestfriend-feat-e-j-rev-city/
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bestfriend-feat.-e.j.-rev/id966063471
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o http://www.cloverg.com/artist-roster.html
  14. ^ http://sojones.com/news/lil-flp-launches-clover-footwear-and-clothing/
  15. ^ http://www.cloverg.com/clover-g-clothing.html
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Let-Music-Industry-Fool-ebook/dp/B00JQGR4GW
  17. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dont-let-music-industry-fool/id868215193
  18. ^ Mack, Bayer L. (2004-11-01). "T.I.: Return Of The King | Rappers Talk Hip Hop Beef & Old School Hip Hop". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  19. ^ All Hip Hop. "Sources Say Lil Flip And TI Have Physical Confrontation". Archived from the original on March 21, 2006. Retrieved January 20, 2007. 
  20. ^ All Hip Hop. "Sources Say Lil Flip And TI Have Physical Confrontation". Archived from the original on March 21, 2006. Retrieved January 20, 2007. 
  21. ^ Houston Press. "Where's the Beef? Right here in H-town". Retrieved January 20, 2007. 

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