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Hotlink teams up with Universal Music Group and Viu to present Joe Flizzow in ‘This is Johan’ autobiographical documentary

Photo 1 - Group photo with Joe Flizzow
  • Premiering part one of a two-part event exclusively available via the Viu streaming platform
  • Documentary traces the origin story of Joe Flizzow, from aspiring prodigy to becoming the godfather of Malaysian hip-hop
  • ‘This is Johan’ is also a love letter of support for the growth of the Malaysian music industry

Hotlink teams up with Universal Music Group (UMG) and Viu to present ‘This is Johan’, a two-part documentary on the evolution of Malaysian rapper Joe Flizzow -- tracing his journey in the music industry while paving the foundation of hip-hop in Malaysia.

The documentary is a no-holds-barred telling of the origin story of Johan Ishak before becoming publicly known Joe Flizzow. It showcases his passion, struggle, success, failures and his #BikinSampaiJadi spirit that has and continues to inspire many Malaysian fans and hip-hop followers.

The tri-party project involving Hotlink, UMG, and Viu was also established in an effort to support the growth of the Malaysian music industry and inspire youths nationwide to attain success in their own respective fields.


“As a leading youth brand, we are thrilled to use this rare opportunity to showcase the #BikinSampaiJadi spirit that will inspire youths nationwide to pursue their dreams,” - Rabiras Rajakrishnan, Head of Hotlink Consumer at Maxis

Joe Flizzow, who has been a Hotlink ambassador since 2022, shared that filming the documentary didn't feel like he was in a documentary as there were many scenes that were candidly shot.

Photo 2 - Joe Flizzow

“My hope for this documentary is that it serves as more than just a retrospective of my career but as an inspiration to aspiring artists to chase their dreams and embrace our wins. For me, it’s “win or learn” – there’s no such thing as losing, only learning. I want viewers to see the highs and lows of my journey and come away feeling motivated to pursue their own dreams, no matter the obstacles they may face. Believe me, one day these 5ams are going to make you a legend,” - Joe Flizzow


“This documentary offers a unique glimpse into the life of an artist who has not only made a significant impact on the Malaysian music scene but has also fought for a place in the industry. Whether you’re a fan of hip-hop or simply enjoy stories of resilience and creativity, there’s something in this documentary for everyone,” - Joe Flizzow

Photo 2 - Kim Lim

“We’re excited to share Joe Flizzow’s incredible journey in this documentary, giving audiences a glimpse into his inspiring story and the vibrant music scene of Malaysia. From humble beginnings to becoming a trailblazer in the industry, Joe’s tale is a testament to perseverance, passion, and the transformative power of music,” - Kim Lim, Managing Director Universal Music Malaysia

Joe Flizzow’s ‘This is Johan’ premieres exclusively on Viu starting from today, 29 February 2024 onwards. To watch both parts of ‘This is Johan’, Hotlink users will be able to redeem a free one-month Viu Premium code from the Hotlink app.