FlipTop Marks 10th Year With the Biggest Hip-Hop Festival in the Philippines
by Inside Manila Team, January 17, 2020 1:54pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel. Photo by Nina Sandejas
FlipTop has become a massive cultural phenomenon that continues to gain significant traction online. Founded by Alaric Riam Yuson (popularly known as Anygma) and two others, FlipTop Battle League pushes the envelope of Filipino hip-hop and battle rap to bolder and more exciting places.
To date, the global sensation that is FlipTop Battle League has amassed more than 1.5 billion views on Youtube, beating international records on the strength of its viral and entertaining content. The platform has also launched the careers of some of the biggest and most influential battle emcees in Philippine contemporary hip-hop scene such as Loonie, Abra, Shehyee, Zaito, Sinio, Tipsy D, and Shernan to name a few.
In terms of regional traction, the movement has proven to be an important pillar in promoting awareness and appreciation for both battle rap and Filipino hip-hop.
The Biggest Hip-hop Festival in the country
With nearly ten years of producing sold-out shows and growing exponentially in terms of numbers and following—reaching as far as North to South and Overseas, FlipTop celebrates its legacy through the birth of the biggest hip-hop music festival in the Philippines.
Dubbed “The FlipTop Festival,” the two-day event is set to rewrite local hip-hop history as it debuts on February 7 and 8, 2020 at Aseana City, Parañaque with more than 200 artists from all over the country.
What sets FlipTop Festival apart from these aspirants is its authenticity. Much less to the extent of their ambition and vision, the collective’s genuine concern for the community. FlipTop has thrived because of people support, and it continues to hold a sturdier, more solid ground as it widens its viewership.
The Artists and Acts
Over 200 artists will perform at the biggest hip-hop festival in the country, headlined by some of the finest and most underrated acts here and abroad.
US-based artists Bambu and Rocky Rivera will be joining Gloc-9, Shanti Dope, Abra, Shehyee, PriceTagg, Ron Henley, Al James, Illustrado, Shernan, Sinio, Tipsy D, Smugglaz, Zaito, Dello, Kemikal Ali, Arbie Won, and Supreme Fist, as the first batch of confirmed rappers and hip-hop acts to perform on the two-day festivity.
Aside from the much-buzzed lineup, FlipTop Festival hopes to defy the rulebook with its carefully curated programming that embraces all elements of hip-hop, not just music itself and battle rap, but paying respects to turntablism and DJ-ing, b-boying or break dancing, graffiti, and just the overall history of the culture.
This FlipTop Festival won’t rely on the familiar and formulaic. Instead, it would foster a well represented festival that cuts across various sensibilities and disciplines in urban music.