Did you know that we have our own version of hip hop music and we call it “Filo rap” or “Pinoy hip hop”? The Philippines is known to have the first hip hop music scene in Asia since the early 1980s primarily due to the influence of its American colonizers. Filipino rap music is delivered in a multitude of dialects: Chavacano, Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, and Bicolano. It all started when pioneers Francis Magalona, Andrew E., and Mastaplann released back to back hit songs such as “Mga Kababayan” and “Humanap Ka ng Panget” in the early 90s. Today, quite a lot of Filipino rappers plays a role in both local and international hip hop scene – from Apl.de.ap, Cassie Ventura, Chad Hugo, and N.E.R.D., to name a few.
The art of rapping or MCing in Filipino hip hop is also embodied in other forms such as rap battles, freestyle, and beatboxing. Artists such as “The Battle Krew” (TBK), “Funk Roots Crew”, “Soulstice Crew”, “Air Grounds Crew”, “Tru Asiatik Tribe” (TAT) “The Balikbayan Tribe” (BBT) “Flip-1”, “Bonz”, “Ripe-1”, “Dope”, “Chas-1”, “Meow” “Xzyle”, “Samahan Batang Aerosol” (SBA), “Pinoy Bomber Crew” (PBC), “Pinoy Style Insight” (PSI), “Day Night Bombers” (DNB), “Katipunan Street Team” (KST), “Crime In Style Crew” (CIS), Christopher Oreo a.k.a. “BoomBuster” and “Cool MC Norman B”.
Today, the Pinoy hip hop culture remains alive. Multitalented local hip hop artists and rappers here and there have been making waves on stage: Gloc 9, Salbakuta, and Dice & K9. The new breed of rappers are just as talented and brilliant as our foreign idols. Among them is O.C. Dawgs, or “Old Clash Dawgs”. The group is lead by one of the members of famous OPM Hip hop group Ex Battalion – Skusta Clee. “Pauwi Nako” and “Hayaan Mo Sila” are just a few among the other famous songs by the group and you have to hear it to appreciate it. Watch O.C. Dawgs as they perform “Pauwi Nako” live at the Wish 107.5 bus only here at SHY Philippines!