When you talk southern hip hop and its influence on the culture, there's Atlanta, there's Memphis, New Orleans, and then there's Houston Texas. Houston is home of some of the most influential artist, producers and music we've heard since Hip Hop's inception. Artist such as The Geto Boys, Lil Troy, K Rino, Street Military, and Gangsta Nip initially laid the foundation early on in the late 80's early 90's. There was also the legendary Dj Screw, who's influence would not only provide H-Town with an identity, but also spark the careers of numerous artist who we now know as The Screwed Up Click. Original members consisted of Lil Keke, C Note and the Botnay Boyz, Trae, Z Ro, Big Mello, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Big Pokey, Big Moe, and E.S.G. There was also a young up and coming artist by the name of Lil Flip, who Dj Screw took a liking to and dub the Freestyle King after hearing him rhyme for 15 minutes straight. Flip was a young kid, whose style was fresh, whitty and nothing like anybody else screw heard before. Screw welcomed him into the Screwed up Click and he would then start appearing on screw mixes and features like the classic "Diamonds All In Your Face" with C- Note. After numerous freestyles and collaborations, he eventually released his debut album under Sucker Free Records, entitled The Leprechaun in the summer of 2000. The album sold over 100k units out the gate independently, and eventually lead to a record deal with Columbia Records. Lil Flip would go on to sell over 20 million records, thanks to massive success with singles, "This is the way we ball", "Game Over", and "Sunshine".
Fast forward 20 years later, The Freestyle King is bringing back what he calls "The Old Flip". If your a true Lil Flip fan, then you might have an idea of what he's referring to. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his debut release, and what better way to commemorate the album than to release a much anticipated sequel. Over the years Flip has toured around the world, and released several albums and collaborative projects with various artist, including S.U.C member Z Ro. He's now fully independent, has written a book about the music industry and shows no signs of slowing down. The Leprechaun is a certified classic in the south and with the release of "The Leprechaun 2" approaching, I'm sure his fans are just as eager for the release as they were 20 years ago. On his birthday March 3rd, he released a new single entitled, "The Old Flip". The album is set to release March 17th and will be available on all digital platforms. Check out the visual and grab the album when it drops.