Toppa Top ’15: Fifteen Artists to Watch In 2015

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11. Flipo
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Trinidad’s Flipo is a master of many trades, a singer and songwriter who’s also a producer, engineer, video editor, photographer and graphic artist. Initially gaining traction as a rapper, it was only a matter of time before he began venturing into soca, having never failed to bring a Caribbean flare to his hip-hop work. Flipo had his breakout hit in 2014 with ‘Doh Tell Meh Dat,’ one of the year’s most popular soca songs, and the subject of a Major Lazer remix that’s clocked over 2.3 million plays on Soundcloud. This year he’s returned with the same vigor, holding his own on the Kan Kan Riddim while adding “Sweat” and “Last Man Standing” to his catalog. Soca’s newest crooner, Flipo’s gentile and charming vocal tone is perhaps his most distinctive and memorable quality, easly setting him apart from more aggressive-sounding artists. With his crossover appeal and penchant for experimentation, his best is surely yet to come. — Marcha M. Johnson

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