With a gruff voice and a rapidfire flow, Flippa (formerly known as Skippa Da Flippa) is one of the most unheralded pioneers in the ATL rap game. Sharing a breezy video for a spritely new track, Flippa shares “Don’t Play Me,” his latest video. Radiating triumph with undertones of melancholy, Flippa asserts his superiority on the track, dancing above airy piano chords. In the video, Flippa pops bubbly with a cadre of models, chilling by the pool as day turns to dusk turns to night. “Don’t Play Me” is the lead single from Up To Something, Flippa’s upcoming project. The follow-up to 2017’s Flippa McFadden 2, Up To Something finds Flippa wringing pathos out of luscious trap production with his aggressive flow and down-to-earth lyricism.
Born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, Skippa Da Flippa moved to Atlanta when he was 13 years old. Shortly after arriving in ATL, Skippa made the acquaintance of Quavo and Takeoff, two future members of Migos. Skippa, Quavo, Takeoff, and later Offset, spent their youths rapping in abandoned houses, developing a reputation as the best rappers in their neighborhood. Inspired by the success of Migos, Skippa began to think of his rapping more as a career than a hobby, dropping I’m Havin, his first project for Quality Control Records, in 2014. Featuring guest appearances from all three members of Migos and production from the likes of Murda Beatz and Cassius Jay, I’m Havin’ was an overnight success, leading to heavy regional buzz and a successful tour. In 2015, Migos and Skippa recorded a track about a dance move that Skippa pioneered a couple years earlier: the Dab. Performed by everyone from Cam Newton to Hillary Clinton, the Dab grew into a massive worldwide dance craze. Since then, Skippa’s profile continued to rise, appearing on Lil Yachty’s massive “Minnesota” in 2016, growing his Spotify fanbase to over 200,000 monthly listeners, and leaving Quality Control to join up with BMG Rights Management