Kartel Records

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Kartel Records
FounderJoe Flizzow
Distributor(s)Warner Music Group (Malaysia)
GenreHip hop
Country of originMalaysia
LocationKuala Lumpur
Official websiteKartellohello.com

Kartel Records Sdn Bhd is a Malaysian hip-hop record label, dealing predominantly in hip-hop/R&B music, founded by rapper/entrepreneur Joe Flizzow in 2005.[1] In 2008, Kartel Records entered into a distribution agreement with Warner Music Group Malaysia, enabling the record label to market its artists to a wider audience.[1]



After years of being signed to EMI Malaysia as an artist and member of Malaysia's hip-hop duo Too Phat, Joe Flizzow decided to take control of his music career by forming his own record label. This gave birth to Kartel Records in 2005.

Rebirth Into Reality[edit]

The label's first release was Rebirth into Reality by Too Phat in 2005, jointly-owned and in partnership with EMI Malaysia. This hugely successful release instantly made Kartel Records an award-winning label, taking the Best Local English Album and Best Album Cover awards at the 2006 Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM).


In 2008, Kartel Records released President, the debut solo studio album by Joe Flizzow. President garnered various awards for Joe Flizzow including the coveted "Best Local English Album" award at the 16th annual Anugerah Industri Muzik, continuing the legacy of Kartel Records award-winning releases. President featured many notable collaborations with regional and international superstars such as KRS-One, Jin, Thaitanium, TerryTyeLee and Hady Mirza. This was very much in line with the label's mission to place Malaysia in the forefront of hip-hop music at an international level.


Kartel Records made 5 new artist signings in 2009. These new artists include Altimet (from Malaysia), SonaOne (from Malaysia), Richard J (from Singapore), Micbandits (from Brunei) and DJ Iman (from Malaysia). The signing of Altimet, a prominent figure and popular artist in Malaysia's hip-hop music scene, is regarded by many to be a significant and shrewd move by the label in strengthening its position as one of Asia's fastest growing hip-hop record labels.

Business ventures[edit]

Kartel Music Publishing[edit]

Kartel Records owns a music publishing company, Kartel Music Publishing, which is sub-published by EMI Music Publishing Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.


  • Joe Flizzow
  • Altimet
  • SonaOne
  • Richard J
  • DJ Iman
  • Ila Damiaa
  • Yung Raja
  • Fariz Jabba
  • Abubakarxli
  • Alif (Magicpotion)


Year Information
2005 Rebirth into Reality by Too Phat
  • Released: December 2005
  • Singles: "Snap", "Dua Dunia" featuring Siti Nurhaliza
2006 Just Listen by EmceeDavid
  • Unreleased
  • Singles: "Feels So Good" featuring Joe Flizzow, "The Get Down"
2008 President by Joe Flizzow
  • Released: December 31, 2008
  • Singles: "Do It Duit", "Isabella" featuring Amy Search, "Get It Done (Air Force Ones)" featuring KRS-One, "All Around the World" featuring TerryTyeLee
2013 Havoc by Joe Flizzow
  • Released: December 07, 2013
  • Singles: "Havoc", "Apa Khabar"
2014 Kotarayaku by Altimet
  • Released: April 12, 2014
  • Singles: "Hello", "Aku Tahu" featuring Tomok, "Kotarayaku"

Other releases[edit]

Jian by Altimet
  • Scheduled: January 2009
Heads or Tales by Micbandits
  • Scheduled: TBA 2009
  • Singles: "Cantik Rupamu (Hello)"
Kartel Compilation by Various Artists
  • Scheduled: TBA 2009
TBA by Richard J
  • Scheduled: TBA 2009
TBA by SonaOne
  • Scheduled: TBA 2009


Shout! Awards[edit]

  • 2009
    • Flava Award (Hip Hop / R&B Awards): Joe Flizzow[2] [Won]
    • Break Out Award (Best New Act): Joe Flizzow [Nominated]

Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM)[edit]

  • 2009
    • Best Local English Album: Joe Flizzow - President [3] [Won]
    • Best New Artist: Joe Flizzow[4] [Nominated]
    • Best Album Cover: Joe Flizzow - President [4] [Nominated]
    • Best Local English Song: Joe Flizzow - "All Around the World" featuring TerryTyelee[4] [Nominated]
    • Best Hip-Hop Song: Joe Flizzow - "Bergerak" featuring Phlowtron, "Isabella" featuring Amy Search and "Mengapa Harus Bercinta" featuring Hady Mirza[4] [Nominated]
  • 2006
    • Best Local English Album - Rebirth Into Reality (with Too Phat) [Won]
    • Best Album Cover - Rebirth Into Reality (with Too Phat) [Won]

Pelangi Awards (Brunei)[edit]

  • 2009
    • Best New Group: Micbandits [Nominated]
    • Best Group: Micbandits [Nominated]


  1. ^ a b Kartel Records Corporate Profile - March 2009
  2. ^ Junk Online. http://www.junkonline.net/articles/2006-The-Shout-Awards-2009-winners Archived 2009-07-21 at Archive.today JunkOnline.Net article, July 20, 2009, retrieved November 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Voize. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2010-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Voize.My article, May 3, 2009, retrieved November 18, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Press Release. http://kartellohello.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73:kartel-records-press-release-27-march-2009&catid=37:pressroom&Itemid=67 Kartellohello.Com article, March 27, 2009, retrieved November 19, 2009.

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