Lil Flip – Timeless
Interview By: Lucky Smith
It has been a minute since we’ve heard from you. Where have you been?
I’ve been on tour. I did 900 shows within the last four years. I just dropped a book called, “Don’t Let The Music Industry Fool You” on Amazon and iTunes and I’ve been on a book tour this month. I’m dropping a cartoon next.
What happened with the situation you had with Sony?
The core people who fought so hard to sign me got fired. So, I felt it was time for me to move on.
At one point it seemed as if Texas had a strong hold on the industry. What do you feel happened that changed so quickly?
First, it was Rap-A-Lot, then the Screwed Up Click, then Dope House, then Swisha House who put it down for Texas. That’s over 30 years of music dominance alone. Every coast has their time. It’s all about what you do when you get the opportunity. All of the artists are still working and some of us do other things outside of music.
A lot of artists from Houston are part of the DJ Screw legacy. Why haven’t you all been able to sit back down and make things happen again?
It all depends on what your idea of making it happen means. We just did a huge screwed up click show on July 20th which is DJ Screw’s birthday. The members still communicate and collaborate on music. I’m also directing a documentary called, “The Art of Freestyle”. I’m executive producing the film with Big Bub. He runs the Screwshop.
You were involved with a gun case recently. Can you explain that situation?
It got resolved.
How did Bizzy Bone end up being on “Underground Legend” twice?
Bizzy Bone is like a big brother to me. We just vibes and ended up doing two songs that night. Bizzy Bone and Snoop Dogg are the realest cats I know. They’re like mentors to me.
What is your favorite album to date?
This new album I’m working on called, “El Jefe”. It is my best work ever. Right now, I’m in a different zone. I’m taking no prisoners.
What are you currently working on?
I have a non for profit organization called, “Dad Advocates” where we teach kids how to play instruments, sports, and acting. We also teach fathers how to have better relationships with their kids as well as assisting them with child support legalities. My book also has a soundtrack, which is on iTunes and my movie, “I Know What You Did In Denver” goes into production in November. I don’t stop working, ever!
Who are some people you have been working with on your projects?
On, “EL Jefe” I have one feature. I’m bringing back the days where the artist held down his own album. Too many features is a compilation.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Sam Hoody and I just dropped a mixtape series called, “Timeless”. We’re on Volume 4 now. The Clover G, “Death B4 Dishonor” compilation will drop soon as well.
Are you looking for another major situation or do you plan on staying independent?
I’m open to all business if it makes logical sense.
Are you still the “Freestyle King”?
The one and only Freestyle King and DJ Screw said that!!!
How do you feel about the new generation of Texas artists? Who are your favorites?
I dig some of the new Texas artists. I like what Kirko Bangz is doing and there’s this guy named, “A-Kaza”. He goes hard. Look out for him.
What is the biggest change you see in today’s industry compared to when you first got on?
The biggest change is that artists don’t care about quality or the craft anymore. They think rap is just another quick hustle. I feel there is less integrity and loyalty now a days. One day a rapper will be hanging with one crew, rocking their record label logo on a chain, then a month later they’re tattooing a new label on their body. It’s hilarious to me.
Where can people go to hear more music and things from you?
www.cloverg.com. I have a series called, “#FLIPFRIDAYS where I release a new song every Friday.
What is the biggest misconception about you that you want to clear up?
The world will never understand me because it’s too corrupt. My book is the closest product that reveals more about who I am and why I think like I think as a man.
Throw us your social media contact.
Twitter and IG is @LilFlip713 and my booking email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Any last words?
Look out for Baby Savage. He’s a loyal dude and is out there grinding hard. R.I.P. DJ Screw. We miss You!! God is great.