Born Wesley Weston in Houston's Cloverland neighborhood, Flip was a teen when he grabbed the attention of the groundbreaking Houston hip-hop genius DJ Screw, architect of a unique style of mixing, cutting and scratching. Impressed with young Flip's prowess, Screw (who died of a heart attack in 2000) initiated Flip into his elite and loosely knit Screwed Up Click posse.
Before long, the kid with the nimble rhyme style became a local star, flexing his freestyle muscle on a pair of Screw's most popular mix tapes. Flip's off the dome rhyme skills earned him the nickname "The Freestyle King." That's when things really took off. In 1998 Flip released Hustlaz Stackin Ends on Sucka Free Records. Driven purely by word of mouth, the CD further established Flip in the fiercely competitive Texas, greater South market place. Flip proved lightening can strike twice with The Leprechaun which on the strength of the runaway hit "I Can Do Dat" SoundScanned an astonishing 100, 000 units. Eager to top that success, Flip laced fans with 10 consecutive volumes of underground '"chopped and screwed" mix tapes, each claiming average sales of 30,000.
Not surprisingly the big noise coming from down south caught the ears of the industry. Flip and Sucka Free became the subjects of an intense bidding war, which was won by Sony Records in 2002.
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