Filipino rappers took to social media to share their stories about and send greetings to FlipTop, the Philippines’ premier battle rap league on its 13th anniversary on February 6.
Among the well-wishers are the league’s former and current battle rappers, whose careers started with FlipTop: Kjah, Batas, Apoc, and Luxuria—with the first three also signed under the league’s music label, UPRISING.
#FlipTop 2010-♾️ pic.twitter.com/TOqDiTCiGQ
— FlipTop BattleLeague (@FlipTop_Battles) February 6, 2023
Kjah wrote, “Maraming salamat sa mga naitulong mo sa pangarap kong maging Rapper at lalo na sa personal kong buhay. Kahit maikli lang ang naging ugnayan natin, hanggang ngayon, ramdam na ramdam ko ang benepisyo.”
(Thank you very much for all your help with my dream of becoming a rapper and especially in my personal life. Even though our relationship was short, I can still feel the benefits today.)
Apoc kept it short and sage, writing in Tagalog, “Rapping is easy. Longevity is another story.”
Batas, who’s also a member of UPRISING’s Illustrado and Teknika Brutal (the latter along with Apoc), wrote in Tagalog, “I thank that I’ve been part of this movement! And thanks to everyone who pushed me to evolve, not just as a musician but especially as a person.”
Luxuria posted a photo of herself and FlipTop founder Anygma in a hug during the Ahon 13 event last year.
Happy 13th Anniversary! @FlipTop_Battles
At syempre maraming salamat palagi Anygma ❤️ pic.twitter.com/J2dkdEPYIv
— Luxuria (@luxurialism_) February 6, 2023
Last year, the battle rap league surpassed 2 billion views on YouTube and has since returned to holding in-person events after the pandemic.
More greetings pour not just within FlipTop rappers but also into the Filipino hip hop community. Check out more anniversary messages below: