Lil Flip, 1999
Lucky charms album cover shoot (Houston, tx) photo by deron neblett The Leprachaun album is what put Lil Flip on the map, made him a successful independent artist and had major labels knocking at his door. Nobody, especially the fans who went out and bought it, seemed to mind his outfit. But when Flip grew out of his regional stardom and into national superstardom, the image that introduced him wound up being the same one that ruined him. In retaliation for Flip allegedly speaking unfavorably of T.I. at an Atlanta concert while T.I. was away serving a jail sentence, Tip resurfaced publicity shots of Flip in his Lucky Charms costume. To a bandwagon-jumping public that only knew of Flip though songs like “Like A Pimp” and “Game Over,” the pictures gave them reason to desert Flip the same way fans deserted Ja Rule when 50 Cent attacked him. Since the beef, Flip’s career hasn’t been quite the same as he’s gone back to the underground and fell out of the public eye. All but completely left out of the Houston Hip Hop takeover of 2005, Flip never got his just due for playing a part in introducing the mainstream to Screw music and Houston in general.
OZONE MAG // 65