PH’s biggest hip-hop festival will feature Shanti Dope, Al James and more


If you live and breathe hip-hop, then 2020 could just be your year.

The FlipTop Battle League is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the biggest hip-hop festival in the Philippines. Over 200 artists, both local and international will perform at ‘The FlipTop Festival’ on Feb 7 and 8, 2020 at the Aseana City.

The lineup will be headlined by US-based artists Bambu and Rocky Rivera. Joining them are local acts such as 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

There have been plenty of attempts to mount a definitive hip-hop festival in PH, but 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.

According to co-founder Alaric Riam Yuson, aka Anygma, the 2-day event has the potential to rewrite local hip-hop history.

‘The festival aims to really be as inclusive as possible, and more importantly, to have everyone represented properly.’ Yuson points out.

‘As much as hip-hop has grown in the last decade, with every element, region, style, and era, it’s really not easy to make sure that no one is left out. So ultimately, we’ll try to achieve that; to get literally everyone to really represent and celebrate what we’ve accomplished as a culture.’

With history set to be made in a few months, Yuzon recollects just how far the League – and hip-hop overall – have come in the country.

‘The quality and quantity of both hip-hop music and battle rap are constantly setting new bars. More and more regions are organizing and seeking to develop their respective local scenes.

‘This is considering the context of how hip-hop used to be perceived – lowly and unworthy of attention, much less pursuing. Now, everyone wants in on it, vultures included. Back then, one would be considered lucky to get to perform in the surrounding neighborhoods’

We’re showing the rest of the country and the world of how far we’ve come and how much farther we can take it’ says an optimistic and excited Yuzon.