FLIPPA & SOULJA BOY
The Barefoot Beach Party held last Sunday in Montego Bay was surely one of the biggest events over the recent Heroes Weekend. Headlined by controversial US rapper and Grammy nominee, Soulja Boy, the event had a star-heavy local line-up that branded it with all the elements of a ‘big show’ – Lady Saw, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Flippa Mafia, Vybz Kartel and Mavado.
For many fans one of the anticipated highlights was a face-off between the Flossing King, Flippa Mafia and the energy god, Elephant Man. But, alas, Elephant Man pulled off a stunt which was as big as the animal he represents. Ele was a no-show. Ele did not turn up for the show ... and according to the promoter, the deejay was paid in full. No explanation was given for his absence, leaving patrons to wonder if Ele afraid that Flippa would ‘nil him’?
The Flossing King, however, stuck to his game plan and represented well. Taking control of the stage right after international act, Soulja Boy, who had the massives on a high, Flippa maintained the high and at times even took it up a notch or two. It was pure fun and excitement as Flippa reeled off his songs, including the popular Foundation Over Hype,
Some bwoy a run dung di hype and no have nutten yet
A buy bag a champagne and no have nutten set
When me splash champagne tell dem no fi fret
Because mi foundation done set
He made good on his promise to entertain fans and by the end of his set, no one could complain.
As usual, making an impact in his designer wear and suavely rounding out his image with his flossing swagger and coils of cash, Flippa Mafia caused a near pandemonium when he sent thousand dollar bills flying through the air and had patrons in a mad scramble get intimate with the cash.
“I know I said that this part of my performance was over,” he said in a backstage interview, “but you have to admit that there are still some shows that you give a special touch ... not to overdo the thing, but just to remind everyone that this is the real Flossing King,” he said with a smile.
And as to Elephant Man’s absence from the show and the fact that there was no showdown. Well, it turned out to be a case of : Ele ... Ele who?