DANCEHALL deejay Flippa Mafia has come a long way in one short year. In December 2008, he was the new kid on the dancehall block, capturing the imagination of the massives with his money-throwing, champagne-poppin’ gimmicks, while taking the term ‘flossing’ to dizzying heights.
However, by December 2009, he was acknowledged as the Flossing King and had enjoyed a year in which his career soared and saw him having a presence on local and international charts, even securing # 1 spots on Richie B’s charts.
Therefore, it doesn’t come as any surprise that Flippa Mafia has been nominated in the prestigious DJ of the Year category for this year’s Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards.
“You know that we don’t really work for award, but it’s a plus to be recognised in this way for your contribution to the development of the music,” was Flippa’s response.
The deejay took time out to praise the conceptualiser of the awards, Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess. “This is a good thing that Richie B is doing and big respect to him for this,” the Mafia stated.
Dancehall’s Flossing King has enjoyed soaring popularity with songs such as Unfinished House and Dem Yah and Dem Yah and has performed in several islands in the Caribbean, the US, Canada and Europe.
The EME Awards will be on Thursday, February 4, at the Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The event has garnered unwavering support and popularity through the years and has attracted coverage from both the local and international media. Last year, the presence of Americas BETJ Channel, provided quite a fillip for the EMEs and their repeat airings of the event has definitely added to the excitement both in Jamaica and abroad.
Flippa, who was voted one of the top 10 performers at Sting, had also been nominated for an EME award in 2009.