Lil Flip stopped by Topeka, KS on January 28th, 2016. Presented by Deuce Alley productions at the exciting Topeka Sports Cabaret, Lil Flip brought the everlasting hype and energy he is known for.
In 1999, Wesley Eric Weston, Jr, aka Lil Flip signed a record deal with Houston record label Suckafree Records. By July, his debut album The Leprechaun would sell over 200,000 copies. By 2005, Lil Flip would become certified double platinum with his hit “U Gotta Feel Me” Independent label Clover G Records was formed by Weston in 2007. His hit single “I need mine” would debut at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 charts. Over the next few years Lil Flip would drop several independent albums, form a fashion line (Clover G Clothing) and write a book entitled Don’t Let The Music Industry Fool You.
For more information you can visit Lil Flip’s Instagram, which features photos of his paintings, updates and photos from every show. He also has a Twitter, that fans can follow.
After the performance in Topeka, Lil Flip took time to explain his current and future artistic ventures to the Examiner.
What inspires you to write music?
My music just life, T.V, whatever I’m going through, just life. I incorporate whatever I am going through at the time in my music.
Is there a message you’re trying to express through your music?
Every record I try to put out some messages in there. I feel like if I have your attention for three minutes, you know, even in my party records I try to put something in. I feel like there is a lot of lost people out there. I just keep putting messages out there. I try to teach these people how to be men. Some people tell one side of stories. It don’t matter weather you come from the streets or not. Everybody gotta tell the good and the bad. I am about story telling and talk about life. You know that is just what my music is really about what I am going through at the moment. It’s like gumbo I mix it all up together.
What can Lil Flip fans expect to hear in your forthcoming album release?
I do so many Albums. I mean right now I am working on some big projects. I’ve been doing so much Dubstep and EDM. I just put out this Iphone app it’s called Flips. It’s a texting app and what we did is, we put out a Dubstep album with it as a promotion. I’ve got Lil Whyte on there, I’ve got Gansta Boo, Peady Pablo. But I have more fun doing the festival. Sometimes I can bring my band, you know, its a bigger stage. I’m about to do a lot of Dubstep and festival tours.
A lot of festivals include art, and I read that you paint. Do you plan to bring any of your paintings to the festival?
We about to mix it up. Doing art during shows, where I paint sometimes, I have people on stage painting while I’m doing a show.
I’ve read that you are active in the community as far as helping children develop art skills. Can you tell us a little about that and what you do?
Art Over Drugs. Where we go to different schools and hold art workshops. And it’s in the fields of painting, acting and music.
Is it just in your hometown of Houston or do you work with other areas?
No, it’s going to be everywhere we can go.
Do you donate to the schools art departments?
The thing of it is, we have a contest. We have the kids paint and we have a prize. Each school I go to, I paint two pictures, I’ll paint with the kids. At the end of the day whoever wins the prize; one of the paintings go to the kid and one of them I donate to the school.
Thank you for your time. I know you are a pretty busy guy so we’ll wrap it up here. Would there be anything you’d like to add to your fans?
I just want to tell the fans I appreciate the support. Download the new app, it’s called Flips. It’s a texting app, it’s for the Iphone, it will be on Android soon. But, it’s a texting app you assign a picture or video for each word. So, when you send it, it’s like a flip book. A lot of people have already downloaded the app. I personally sent some of them emails of the Dubstep album. I feel like if a person is supporting me then they can come tell me ‘Hey, this song got me through this’ .