Joe Flizzow has been in the game for 20 years now, and he just keeps blowing up.
The longtime rapper took home the 2018 MTV EMA Award for Best Southeast Asia Act, and is the very first winner from Malaysia since the award debuted in 2013. Joe came out on top of a star-studded list of nominees, which included Afgan (Indonesia), IV of Spades (Philippines), Minh Hang (Vietnam), The Sam Willows (Singapore), Slot Machine (Thailand), and Twopee Southside (Thailand).
In his acceptance speech, Joe thanked his fans for all his support, dedicating the win to all of them. "I believe this goes to show that even though we are small in numbers, when we come together united, we can achieve many things," he added.
Joe Flizzow first burst onto the scene in 1998 as a member of Too Phat, alongside Malique. The duo is widely considered to have helped revolutionize hip hop in Malaysia, earning several awards and even opening for Kanye West along the way.
In 2005, Joe founded Kartel Records, which currently has artists like Altimet, SonaOne, Yung Raja, and Fariz Jabba signed onto the label. Three years later, he started on a stellar solo career, kicking things off with the album President. These days, he's keeping busy with two other businesses—Joe's Barbershop and Joe's Kitchen—while also providing an online platform for new Southeast Asian hip hop acts to make their names in the web show 16 Baris.
Two incredible decades years into his career, he's still absolute fire on the stage, as seen on his performance alongside other top hip hop artists from the region on Yo! MTV Raps:
Congrats, Joe! You keep giving us reasons to be big fans, and we know you won’t be stopping anytime soon. Here’s to 20 more years of sick beats from our 2018 Best SEA Act winner!
Check out the official video for Flizzow’s latest song, “Sang Saka Biru”, a banging collab with Alif, Altimet, and SonaOne: