Filipino Rap Fight League FlipTop Surpasses 2 Billion Views

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Photo credit: FlipTop Rap Battle League YouTube

Filipino rap fight league FlipTop famously reached two billion views on YouTube.

Founder Anygma shared the news via FlipTop’s social media channels. “Thank you thank you thank you! To everyone who composes and supports FlipTop!” The post read.

The Rap Fight League was founded in 2010 and has grown in popularity over the past eleven years. Passionate fans around the world and at home in the Philippines have made many rappers famous who made their debut in the league. FlipTop celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with a full music festival – ahead of the pandemic lockdown. This event saw hundreds of hip-hop artists take the stage to celebrate FlipTop.

What is FlipTop?

FlipTop Battle League is the first and largest professional rap fighting conference in the Philippines. FlipTop Battles is joined by underground and amateur rappers, where two rappers face off in an a capella rap battle. The object of FlipTop Battles is to insult your opponent by cleverly using the Filipino language, which has its own singing quality.

The competition consists of three rounds with a time limit for each competitor set by the referee. Overtime is applied if the battle is a draw. Who goes first is determined with a toss. Written and unwritten lines are allowed, and both parties are allowed to bring props to battle.

The Filipino language is the primary language, but other languages ​​and dialects may be included. The winner of each battle is determined by the judges, who rate the contestants on their use of words, their impact on the audience, their performance and their rap style.

While rap battles are what the FlipTop Battle League is known for, it also hosts beatbox competitions, concerts, and hip hop culture seminars. There are also many variations of rap battles, including:

  • Dos por Dos – tag-team raps that can be freestyle or written.
  • Five on five – Rap competition by team of five members which can be freestyle or written.
  • Battle of femcee – an all-female rap battle, whether freestyle or written.
  • Battle between the sexes – male and female rappers compete with freestyle or written bars.
  • Rumble Royal – A rap battle which consists of several animators who attack randomly on stage.
  • Secret battle – These battles are for a limited audience only, much like pop-up rap battles for die-hard fans.

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