For most of us, only the words “dance” and “music” probably come to mind when we hear the word “hip-hop.” But if you’re part of the hip-hop scene here in the Philippines or even in a different part of the world, you would know that the hip-hop genre is actually so much more than just those two art forms – it is also about culture and community.
When one correlates hip-hop with culture, it’s about the genre’s “capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations” – a definition that Ian Lawrence (also known as hip-hop artist Stimulus) shared when he gave a TEDx Talk on how the genre of hip-hop is actually a world culture in its true essence.
This is simply because of how hip-hop can be a means to communicate ideas and share information regardless of where you come from or what language you speak.
When it comes to finding community through hip-hop, it pertains to the assurance that there will be other people out there who share the same passion you might have for all or any one of the four core elements of hip-hop, may that be for DJ-ing, emceeing, b-boying, or graffiti writing.
It is through that community that your fervor for your craft is fortified and fueled to inspire others, may they be part of the scene or not.
If you’ve been watching YouTube videos ever since viral content became a thing, then you’d know about FlipTopBattles and how it testifies to what hip-hop can do as a culture that brings people together.
FlipTop is a YouTube channel dedicated to the hip-hop culture here in the Philippines, with 4.78 million subscribers to date, and videos that consistently garner over a million views each within a 24-hour time period.
It started out as a rap battle league and now that the event has grown into something that embraces and explores all elements of hip-hop, the biggest FlipTop Festival is set to happen at Aseana City on February 7 and 8, 2020 in celebration of its 10th-year anniversary.
The festival will be featuring US-based artists like Rocky Rivera and Bambu, together with famous local artists such as Gloc-9, Shanti Dope, Abra, and many more.
So, if you’re looking to get involved in something that’s both invigorating and art-packed, FlipTop Fest is an event you wouldn’t want to miss. For more information on the event and lineup, you may visit FlipTop’s official Facebook and website.