Monday, September 8, 2008

WORD HAS IT: Joe Flizzow’s dreaming of Rihanna

by Hafidah Samad

photo courtesy of NST online.

"Will Rihanna make Joe Flizzow’s dream come true?

RAPPER-composer-producer Joe Flizzow of Too Phat has every reason to rejoice.
Joe Flizzow is working out a deal for a dream collaboration with Grammy-winner Rihanna in his latest album.

Not only has he enlisted a slew of well-known local and international acts for his latest solo album President, the enterprising man is also considering featuring Grammy winner Rihanna in it.

When contacted, Joe let out a hearty laugh, saying that he’s in the midst of working out the deal.

“It has been my dream to work with Rihanna. A duet featuring Rihanna will be the icing on the cake for the album,” said Flizzow, the founding member of the multiple award-winning rap duo, Too Phat.

If everything goes as planned, it’ll cost him a whopping RM500,000.“It’s still too early to discuss the prospect of working with her. I want to focus on the album first,” he added.

Produced by Kartel Records, President celebrates hip-hop music in diverse forms.For starters, the self-produced album offers easy-listening sounds that fuse rap, R&B, pop and hip-hop accompanied by witty lyrics.

Joe is also collaborating with American rapper KRS-One, who contributed an upbeat hip-hop tune, Get It Done.

“I’m pretty excited about working with KRS-One who is a prominent figure in the American hip-hop landscape. For purists, it’s a bonus to have him in the album,” said Joe, adding that plans are afoot to shoot the Get It Done music video in the United States soon. President also sees him collaborating with local rock legend Amy Search, and Asian Idol and former Singapore Idol Hady Mirza.

“Hady is a good friend and we recorded the song Mengapa Harus Kita Bercinta (Complicated) just after he won the Singapore Idol not too long ago,” said Joe.

The song featuring Amy, who just turned 50 recently, is a “knockout” according to Flizzow. “It’s an honour to work with Amy. I can’t say much about the track yet but I’m sure it’s going to be a hit,” he said.

The album’s first single Do It, Duit will hit the shelves at end of the week.

Joe is arguably one of the most influential and enterprising rappers in the local music scene.

A self-professed perfectionist, he is currently working closely with a group of fans and close friends to ensure the success of President.

“These people are my worst critics and they will be the first to preview the album before its release. I am aiming for it to be a few notches higher than my previous effort,” said Joe, who is representing the country in the Asian Hip Hop Festival in Bangkok on Oct 11. "

Read full article online here on NST.

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