Malaysian hip hop wins big at the recently concluded Anugerah Industry Muzik 23 (AIM23), the country’s most prestigious music awards show. The show went live on September 11 at 9 PM, Malaysia time.

Among the notable winners is rapper Yonnyboii, whose Yonny (Deluxe Version) won Best Album, the first-ever hip hop artist to win the category since the awards show’s inception in 1993.

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The “President” of Malaysian hip hop Joe Flizzow also secured a win for Best R&B/Hip Hop track with “CIAO” featuring MK and Jay Park. This is the rapper’s second win in the category since “Apa Khabar” (How Are You) featuring SonaOne in 2013.

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Joe Flizzow was also recently featured in HipHopDX Asia’s documentary, Cipinang Prison: A Hip Hop Story together with fellow Malaysian and Indonesian MCs. The short film documenting an international hip hop festival held in Jakarta’s top maximum security prison was also screened live during Indonesia’s FLAVS Festival 2022 last weekend (September 10-11).

It was also a historic night for rap group ForceParkBois, who took home their first-ever award as a group for “Lotus”, which won Highest Streamed Song.

Header image: Artist photos courtesy of Yonnyboii, Joe Flizzow, and ForceParkBois via Instagram