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Fliptop (First Filipino Rap Battle League) was founded by

Alaric Riam "Anygma" Yuson in Feb 6 2010

Battle[edit] Edit

In general, the contest consists of three rounds with a time limit for each contender set by the referee. Sometimes time limits are agreed on by the participants before the battle. For 1 on 1 and 2 on 2, time limits are generally 1 minute to 3 minutes (with 30 second increment) and 5 minutes respectively. Odd number of judges are selected to judge the battle to prevent draws. Early iteration of rules allowed judges to vote for OT (Overtime). In early years, majority of judges voted for OT or if no definite winner emerged from judges' votes. However recently, the judges are not allowed to vote for OT, they should pick a winner. The first turn is determined by a coin toss. The winner of coin toss will select who will start the battle. Written or non-written lines are allowed. Both sides can also bring props for the event. Filipino language is the primary medium although other languages or dialects can be used. Choking in any rounds increase the chance of losing the battle. The winner is determined by the decision of the judges. The criteria for judging are the usage of words, audience impact, delivery, and rapping style.[3][6]

There are different conferences in FlipTop such as the Filipino Conference, Bisaya Conference, English Conference, and etc.

Format[edit] Edit

FlipTop has three different battle formats which sometimes combined with Freestyle:

  • Written - This format allows use of written lyrics along with freestyle and is now the standard format used in battles.
  • Freestyle - At first the most common in all FlipTop tournaments, this format is now rarely done and has generally been replaced by the written format. Lyrics must be thought of during the battle.
  • Old School - Is essentially the freestyle format but is accompanied with an instrumental, and is commonly used on tryouts.

There are also different variations of rap battle within the FlipTop tournament:

  • Dos por Dos - Tag-team freestyle rap battle. It can be Emcee or Femcee, Freestyle or Written.
  • Five on Five - Five-member team freestyle rap battle. It can be Emcee or Femcee, Freestyle or Written.
  • Femcee Battle - All-female rap battle. It can be Freestyle or Written.
  • Intergender Battle - Male vs. Female battle.
  • Royal Rumble - A rap battle consists of more than two emcees randomly attack or bash each other.
  • Secret Battle - Same as the other battles but with limited audience. Sometimes it surprisingly appeared in the day of the tournament unannounced.

List of events[edit] Edit

Event Name Date Venue Grain Assault February 6, 2010 Quantum Cafe, Makati City
Second Sight March 20, 2010 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Ahon May 15, 2010 Guerrilla Radio, Pasig City
Process of Illumination June 25, 2010 Freedom Bar, Anonas, Quezon City
Bwelta Balentong July 17, 2010 Freedom Bar, Anonas, Quezon City
Down N South September 25, 2010 Friday's Super Club, Las Pinas City
2 on 2* October 16, 2010 Tanza, Cavite
Gapo de Gulat October 29, 2010 Music Jam, Olongapo City
Sabong Sumulong November 12, 2010 Texas Cockpit Arena, Marikina City
Tectonics December 4, 2010 Katips Bar and Grillery, Katipunan Extension, Quezon City
Grain Assault 2 February 5, 2011 Quantum Cafe, Bagtikan corner Kamagong St. Makati City
Ahon 2* July 1–2, 2011 Hades Bar, 99 Timog Avenue, Quezon City
FlipTop @ Dutdutan August 27, 2011 World Trade Center, Pasay City
Mindfields September 23, 2011 Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City
082 Magnitude September 24, 2011 Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City
Zoning October 22, 2011 Quantum Cafe, Bagtikan Corner Kamagong, Makati City
Gapo de Gulat 2 November 5, 2011 Jax Comedy Bar, Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo City
Ahon 3 December 10, 2011 Katip's Bar, Katipunan Extension, Quezon City
Bara Ko Barako December 17, 2011 Naic Covered Court, Naic, Cavite
FlipTop @ Ilocos Norte December 28, 2011 Centennial Arena, Laoag, Ilocos Norte
Mindfields 2 February 16, 2012 Club Z, Sucat Parañaque
Grain Assault 3* February 25, 2012 Feron Bldg., Kamagong Corner Bagtigkan
Mindfields 3 March 1, 2012 Teno2 Bar, Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Hukuman* March 17, 2012 Orani Gym, Orani, Bataan
Mindfields 4 March 30, 2012 Teno2 Bar, Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Mindfields 5 April 21, 2012 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields 6 April 26, 2012 Skarlet Jazz Kticher Bar, Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Zoning 2* May 5,13, 2012 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields Mindanao May 17–18, 2012 Tagum City, Davao del Norte
Different Ways 2 May 19, 2012 GSP Gym, Davao City
Boom Bap Friday* July 6, 2012 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Dagitay July 28, 2012 Hayahay Treehouse Bar & Grill, Flores Avenue, Piapi Beach, 6200 Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Unibersikulo* August 31, 2012 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Kataga September 8, 2012 Kamalig Bar, Rosario, Cavite
Aspakan October 6, 2012 Party Piknikan, Lazatin Blvd., Villa Victoria, San Fernando City, Pampanga
Ahon 4 November 9–10, 2012 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields 7 December 7, 2012 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Grain Assault 4* February 8, 2013 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Pakusganay March 2, 2013 GSP Gym, Davao City
Tectonics 2 April 27, 2013 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Zoning 3* May 17, 2013 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Tournament Round 2* July 19–20, 2013 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Tournament Semis* September 27, 2013 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
082 Magnitude Ikaduha November 9, 2013 Brgy. Buhangin, Davao City
Unibersikulo 2* December 21, 2013 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Grain Assault 5 February 7, 2014 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Ubec Mindfields February 16, 2014 Gorordo Street, Cebu City
Second Sight 2 April 11, 2014 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Gubat April 25, 2014 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Oromata May 9, 2014 Cagayan De Oro
Kataga 2 June 28, 2014 Imus, Cavite
Aspakan 2 July 19, 2014 Angeles, Pampanga
Zoning 4 August 30, 2014 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Gubat 2 October 18, 2014 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Mindfields x Rapollo October 19, 2014 C Cuperclub, Cebu City
Zoning 5 November 8, 2014 Club Z/Barbaric Bar, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Paranaque City
Ahon 5 December 19–20, 2014 San Juan Gym, San Juan City
Grain Assault 6 February 7, 2015 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Second Sight 3 March 13, 2015 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Bwelta Balentong 2 May 30, 2015 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields Cebu June 3, 2015 Lahug, Cebu City
Gubat 3 July 4, 2015 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Process of Illumination 2 August 22, 2015 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Unibersikulo 3 September 12, 2015 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Aspakan 3 October 10, 2015 Angeles, Pampanga
Process of Illumination 3 October 23, 2015 Dasmariñas, Cavite
082 Magnitude 3 November 27, 2015 Davao City
Process of Illumination 4 November 28, 2015 Davao City
Ahon 6 December 11–13, 2015 San Juan Gym, San Juan City
Grain Assault 7 February 6, 2016 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Kataga 3 February 20, 2016 Rosario, Cavite
Process of Illumination 5 March 11, 2016 Cebu City
Gubat 4 March 12, 2016 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Second Sight 4 May 7, 2016 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Aspakan 4 June 11, 2016 Mabalacat, Pampanga
Mindfields 8 July 15, 2016 Davao City
Pakusganay 2 July 16, 2016 Davao City
Bwelta Balentong 3 September 17, 2016 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields x Rapollo 2 September 23, 2016 Bikeyard Cafe, Cebu City
Gubat 5 September 24, 2016 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Mindfields 9 October 24, 2016 Mow's Matalino St., Quezon City
Unibersikulo 4 October 29, 2016 Quantum Cafe, Makati City
Ahon 7* December 16–17, 2016 San Juan Gym, San Juan City
Grain Assault 8** February 10, 2017 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields 10 February 18, 2017 Mow's, Matalino Street, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Second Sight 5 February 24, 2017 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Mindfields 11 March 22, 2017 Mow's Matalino St., Quezon City
Unibersikulo 5* March 25, 2017 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Kabanata*^ April 8, 2017 Nueva Ecija Colleges Gymnasium, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Mindfields 12 April 26, 2017 Mow's Matalino St., Quezon City
Mindfields 13 May 5, 2017
  • Mow's Matalino St., Quezon City
  • Bikeyard Cafe, Cebu City
Gubat 6* May 6, 2017 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Mindfields 14 May 12, 2017 082 Lokal, Davao City
Pakusganay 3* May 13, 2017 Davao City
Zoning 6* June 16, 2017 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Bwelta Balentong 4* August 25, 2017 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Zoning 7* October 13, 2017 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Aspakan 5 October 20, 2017 Mabalacat, Pampanga
Ahon 8 December 8–9, 2017 Riverside Studios Manila, Valenzuela, Makati City, Metro Manila
Second Sight 6 March 16, 2018 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Zoning 8 June 29, 2018 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Gubat 7 July 14, 2018 Cap Center, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City
Pakusganay 4 July 21, 2018 Cap Auditorium, Poblacion District, Davao City
Process of Illumination 6
  • Visayas: July 13, 2018
  • Mindanao: July 20, 2018
  • Metro Manila: August 17, 2018
  • Central Luzon: September 22, 2018
  • Visayas: Kukuk's Nest, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City
  • Mindanao: 082 Lokal, Torres Street, Davao City
  • Metro Manila: B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
  • Central Luzon: Chef Bok's Kitchen & KTV Bar, Jasa, Sta. Barbara, Bacolor Pampanga
Bwelta Balentong 5 September 8, 2018 B-Side, Malugay Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Unibersikulo 6 October 20, 2018 Quantum Cafe, Bagtikan corner Kamagong St. Makati City
Ahon 9 December 14–15, 2018 Tiu Theater, 2F Cinema Square, Chino Roces Avenue. Makati City

Impact and criticism Edit

In its early days, FlipTop initially gained criticism for its use of strong language, mockery and bullying, prompting the city government of Makati to ban rap battles in the area.[7] As time passed, the events gained acceptance with the help official FlipTop YouTube channel[8] gaining more than one million subscribers which they received Golden Play Button Award, and over two million likes on its Facebook fanpage.[9][10] Some emcees in the league recently are more focused on line delivery, hyping the audience in the battle, and gimmicks rather than dissing to attack the opponent.[11] After it gained success and reputation via social media,[12] many amateur and other rap battles arose such as Sunugan, Word War, Bolero Rap Battles, Bahay Katay, Flipshop, Flipcap etc. Due to its freestyle and rhymed content, some academics considered it as modern-day "balagtasan" although some rap artists discourage the idea. Some educators considered FlipTop as 21st century Philippine literature[13][14][15] It caught media attention in that some emcees involved in FlipTop have gained commercial success like Abra,[16] Dello, Loonie, Smugglaz, Shehyee, and others. Also some of the lines spoke by the emcees in the battle became popular phrases used in the Philippines.[1][17]

Controversy[edit] Edit

Sinio vs. Shehyee[edit] Edit

Due to the nature of the league and its mechanics, bashing or shaming emcees' relatives is inevitable during the battle. However, in an undercard match between Sinio and Shehyeeduring the Ahon 7 event on December 16, 2016, Shehyee threw disrespectful lines against Sinio's wife, Bie Sarmiento, during the battle that made Sinio rebut hard by dissing the girlfriend of Shehyee, internet sensation Ann Mateo, that lead Sinio to victory. Their match was uploaded on FlipTop's YouTube channel on February 2, 2017 and went viral with over five million views within four days. Some parts of the clip were also uploaded and shared on Facebook. Sinio's harsh words on Ann Mateo received mixed reactions and it became a hot topic in social media. There was controversy when Ann Mateo's mother saw the video and threatened Sinio with a lawsuit. Because of the situation, many netizens bashed Shehyee for being unprofessional, he was also blamed for not explaining to his girlfriend's mother the mechanics of league. Sinio felt that Shehyee was not to blame and that he understood Ann Mateo's mother's point-of-view. Shehyee tried to help Sinio in addressing the issue with Ann Mateo's mother. Ann Mateo did not share her reaction about the topic.[18][19][20]