There are a million things you can do with talent, and while most everyone will tell you to hone, channel and maybe turn it into an enterprise; there is always that greater calling of injecting value-added purpose, using it to inspire, contribute and challenge the next generation.
While we all know that Filipinos are generally a talented people, multi-talented at that, let’s zoom in on an industry dear and close to my heart - music, Filipino hiphop/rap to be more precise.
*random flashback to the final paper I wrote in college for my Feature Writing class about the State of Philippine Hip-hop*
Anyways, where was I? Oh right, I’ve put together a partial list of local hiphop acts that I’d like to see more of in the hopes of becoming inspirations not only to me, but to anyone who cares to give them a listen.
Corporate Lo-Fi - We Live
Genius, the way they infused their sound with the makings of an orchestra. I mean, a saxophone + rap? How can you not dig this?
People’s Future - On The Grind
The visualization and spoken word-ization of trusting our struggles and doing you.
Miscellaneous - Keep Rockin’
Who gots the flow? They gots the flow, these beat-makers are dope, hey-ho!
Lyrically Deranged Poets a.k.a LDP - Simple
Although these guys have been around for a while, they’re definitely making moves towards building up the members of the new school. They keep it simple everyday.
Nimbus9 - So Deep
The way he seamlessly flips his rhymes from English to Filipino and back is just impressive for me, not to mention how deep his mind rolls. Talk about effortless.
Yes, we have this in the Philippines, and yes there’s a whole lot more from where these came from.
Beat authors and 9th Wonders of the Philippines? That’d be another list altogether.
Peace, love and hiphop,
On The Ground Music x Turbulence Productions & URBAN ATHLETICS presents THE COMMUNITY ALBUM. A 17 track masterpiece from the beat raffle made to 17 hiphop acts last 2006. The Community aimed to bring the movement forward but in unison, displaying a working atmosphere for every camp to show growth. This album is dedicated to the people who never gave up on the thought of unity through the struggling scene. This project is also brought to you by Team Strato & Wipcaps.
Album artwork by Ryan Andres; foreword by Sarah Meier-Albano.
Executive produced by: Nathan J & Turbulence Productions
Download the album here