FlipTop Festival announces second wave lineup

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The FlipTop
Festival, considered to be the biggest hip-hop festival in the Philippines, has
announced its second wave lineup composed of music icons, game-changers, and
promising rookies from different parts of the country.

In terms of
curation, FlipTop has always maintained its position as a purveyor of local
hip-hop’s finest. As FlipTop Battle League founder and head honcho Alaric Yuson
points out, “we try to keep it as all-inclusive and as well-balanced as
possible by selecting among the best, the deserving, and the unsung.”

Mastaplann,
the legendary ‘90s hip-hop group, will be joining the previously announced mix
of artists, along with veteran rappers such as D-Coy, Mike Kosa, Klutch-B,
Apokalipsis, and Mike Swift, and the current crop of hard-hitters including Smugglaz,
Shehyee, Apoc, Apekz, Sak Maestro (Davao), Abaddon, BLKD and Calix.

For its
second phase, the two-day urban festival will put a spotlight on highly
anticipated battle rap pairings known as Dos
Por Dos
led by Sinio/Tipsy D vs. Jonas/Lhipkram and the much-buzzed face
off: Shernan vs Poison13. With FlipTop Battle League breaking global records on
Youtube and Sinio’s battle rap videos grabbing the top spot of the most viewed
“battler” in the world, it would be a travesty not to include battle rap as part
of the essential formats of the festival.

Veering away
from the typical festival programming, The FlipTop Festival steps up its game
by covering all bases of the hip-hop culture not limited to performance and
battle rap. “I think the fact alone that we’ll be promoting less-appreciated
elements of the movement and acts at the festival will set us apart from the
others,” the FlipTop Festival founder and CEO shares. “Especially with this
one, we’re going all out on a scale exponentially bigger than whatever success
we might have amassed over the last decade. We’re literally plowing land for
this event and it wasn’t cheap.”

Skratch battles and exhibitions by DJs from Batangas, Cebu, Bicol, and other parts of the region will take place on various stages of The FlipTop Festival. Other elements such as b-boying or break dancing, graffiti, and more will also be getting a special highlight.

Photo by Niña Sandejas

Aside from
introducing various elements of hip-hop to a new set of audience, the upcoming
hip-hop festival is also keen on changing people’s perception on the movement
and giving more opportunities to underrated and underrepresented artists
deserving of a bigger platform. “Then there’s still the inescapable
underestimation and low regard for our genre and culture as a whole,” Yuson
says.

“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.”

The future
looks bright for the first installment of The FlipTop Festival. As of real
time, hip-hop enthusiasts and music fans from the US, the U.A.E., Taiwan, Japan,
Singapore, as well as far-flung provinces such as Basilan, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao,
General Santos, Bukidnon and Bicol Region have reserved their tickets to be
part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

When asked
about the overwhelming positive reception about the new festival, Alaric Yuson
takes pride of the festival’s insistence to provide a different kind of
experience: “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
hiphop’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.”

The FlipTop Festival happens on
February 7 and 8 at the Aseana City Concert Grounds, Parañaque City. Tickets
are available online at ticket2me.net.

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