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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

More acts set to perform for the upcoming FlipTop Festival

01/27/2020 09:45:35 PM

FlipTop Battle League has recently announced its second wave of the lineup for its biggest festival happening on the weekend in the second weekend of February 2020.

The FlipTop Festival's second batch of artists composed of music icons, game-changers, and promising rookies from different parts of the country, as part of its consistent way of curation. That said, joining this huge hip-hop fest are the legendary 90s hip-hop group Mastaplann, alongside veteran hop-hop heads 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. 

“We try to keep it as all-inclusive and as well-balanced as possible by selecting among the best, the deserving, and the unsung,” said Alaric Yuson, founder and head honcho of FlipTop Battle League.

Aside from the performances, the two-day FlipTop Festival will showcase some 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. 

The FlipTop Festival isn't just a typical hip-hop festival; for it puts the spotlight on 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.”

Several activities included are Skratch battles and exhibitions by DJs from Batangas, Cebu, Bicol, and other parts of the region; as well as b-boying or break dancing, and graffiti; as FlipTop Festival aims to change people's perception on the movement and giving more opportunities to underrated and underrepresented artists deserving of a bigger platform. 

“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-hip-hop people that, the music, and the whole culture, is worth enjoying and supporting.”

So far, FlipTop has been garnering more hopefuls from around the world as 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. Indeed, the future looks bright for this once-in-a-lifetime festival. When asked about the overwhelmingly positive reception about the new festival, Alaric Yuson takes pride in 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 hip-hop's journey, and their trust in our vision, tenure, and integrity,” said Yuson. 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.” 

Meanwhile, just weeks after announcing the second wave of the lineup, FlipTop revealed more performers that will also be part of the weekend-long festivity.

In a press conference that took place in Treskul, Mandaluyong City, FlipTop takes pride of revealing other performers in the event such as Emar Industriya, Skarm and Curtismith, Kartell’em, Shadow Moses, Morobeats, DB, No Mannas, Melchrist, J-Kid, Crispy Fetus, Plazma, Blaze N Kane, Owfuck, Kial, Hash One, Righteous1, BNK, Abaddon, Jon Protege, Riding in Thundem, Yogang, Premium Trash, Tha Greenhouse, Rapido, Dave de la Cruz, Mistah Lefty, Tweng, Range, Dosage, Kartel, Pio Balbuena, Tres Diablos, Lokalidad, Freek, M Zhayt, Numerhus, Ejac and Buddah Beads, 1Kiao, DJ Roza, Bigg X, Kemi$tri, Bud Vibes, Mac T, Dyha, and more.

The top honcho also revealed one rap battle that will take place during day two of the Festival: Zaito versus Shernan.

Prior to this monumental announcement, FlipTop announced its first wave of the lineup before the turn of the year. Included in this batch are Abra, Shehyee, Bambu, Rocky Rivera, and Gloc-9.

The FlipTop Festival happens this 7-8 February 2020 at the Aseana City Concert Grounds, ParaƱaque City. Tickets are available online at

Author: slickmaster | © 2020 The SlickMaster's Files

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