In a previous post, we talked about how hip-hop isn’t just a genre of music and dance, but also a culture and community where people from all walks of life can vibe and share in the energy of this multifaceted scene.
If you’re looking to learn more about the energizing art form that is hip-hop, FlipTop Fest by FlipTop Battle League just released its second wave lineup that’s sure to show you what true local hip-hop is all about, in celebration of the rap-battle league’s 10th-year anniversary.
FlipTop has been a purveyor of the finest in Pinoy hip-hop, but aside from supporting artists and the various elements of the genre, Fliptop also aims to break preconceived notions about the movement it has been front lining for 10 years now.
“There’s still the inescapable underestimation and low regard for our genre and culture as a whole,” FlipTop Battle League founder Alaric Yuson said in the press release.
“Our movement, all ten years, has never been about profitability or trendiness or conforming. While most events just go for what’s hot at the moment, even if it’s in direct contradiction of what they stand for, here we are booking Bisaya-rapping emcees for a stereotypically Manila crowd – just to show them how well these emcees can rock it despite the language barrier. Again, our success and roots are as a rap-battle league. Yet we’re still here trying to convince both hardcore battle rap fans and non-hiphop people that, the music, and the whole culture, is worth enjoying and supporting,” he added.
The stereotypical ideas that surround the hip-hop scene could be mainly due to the origins of the genre as an underground affair. But now, it has evolved into an empowering avenue and space where artists can cleverly convey inspiring and time-relevant ideas, and FlipTop is inviting you to experience it for yourself, whether you’re new to the genre or not.
Other artists that will be participating in the event as part of the second wave lineup are the legendary hip-hop group Mastaplann, alongside veteran rappers D-Coy, Mike Kosa, Klutch-B, and many more. Other hip-hop elements like graffiti writing and break dancing will also be heavily highlighted in the event.
“Hopefully, just for all the right reasons; people would appreciate the quality of the line-up, the opportunity to represent and see their own represent as well, the chance to see and partake in celebrating Filipino hip-hop’s journey, and their trust in our vision, tenure, and integrity. Everyone else who is even mildly curious is definitely welcome. Oh, and everyone that has doubted us along the way, and even until now, is welcome too,” invites Yuson.
Hip-hop fans and enthusiasts alike from different parts of the Philippines and the world have already reserved tickets, which could be a sign you should too.
FlipTop Festival 2020 is set to take place at Aseana City Concert Grounds in Parañaque City on February 7 and 8. To secure tickets, you may visit ticket2me.net.