September 12, 2019
Hip-hop is genre that is thriving nowadays, not just internationally. It currently dominates the Spotify Philippines charts along with rap music. And happily, along with its rising number of fans and supporters come new discoveries.
Today, the Music Geek meets two promising local hip-hop artists who will surely heat up the ever exciting OPM scene.
Acts going viral on YouTube seems to be dime-a-dozen these days, but so few of them really stand out, much more last in the age of short attention span. Geo Ong, however, is an exception. His videos rack up views by the millions because there’s substance in his posts. Mainly, his content is a heavy dose of urgency that is apparent in his themes.
This rapper is a real as it gets and that’s the way he wants it. Oh, and his videos are entertaining for sure. These include his music video for his most recent single entitled “Pekeng Kaibigan,” which went trending on YouTube shortly after its release. It reached a million views in just two days and peaked on the No. 1 spot for three consecutive days.
What makes his songs trend is probably how his hard-hitting verses cut straight to the point. The smooth rhythmic flow of his delivery run alongside his visceral lyrics that are unafraid to comment on current issues in society. Prime examples include previous songs “Breadwinner” about the struggles of a son providing for his family, and “Parokyana,” about sex, social media, and gold diggers.
He does it again with his latest release “Pekeng Kaibigan.” This song lives up to the Ong’s no-holds-barred brand of rap as he disses fake friends. “May kaibigang mabait lang kapag merong kailangan pag wala,/hindi niya kilala ang iyong pangalan/Andiyan sila pag meron silang napapala pag wala, parang sila biglang nawawala.”
The “Pekeng Kaibigan” music video mixes dance moves, steamy bed scenes and some old-school rap gangsta family-type depiction. A tested formula for a rap video for sure, but Ong makes it look easy. Asked if this is the secret to his success, the rapper said, “’Yung mga music videos ko ay isang paraan lang ng pagkwento ng istorya ko. Pero gusto kong isipin na yung mensahe ko yung tumatatak sa mga nanuod at nakikinig sa kin. Dapat totoo lang ako lagi sa sarili ko.”
Hip-hop prodigy Lirah is ready to make her debut in music with her single, “Sahod.” The single was written and produced by OPM hip-hop icon Gloc-9, alongside Paulo Zarate. “Sahod” was released in digital music stores nationwide last August 23.
“Kay tagal kong hinahanap, lagi lang nakaabang. Lasa ng aking pangarap, patabang ng patabang. Piso piso ko’ng kinalap, ba’t nagkautang-utang. Sa pag-asa kong mayakap. Basta’t sagutin mo lang, may sahod na ba?”
“Sahod” is a song about the drive and hard work a person has to put to achieve their dreams. Lirah is no stranger to the hustle as she started pursuing her passions at an early age. She first made her name in the music industry when she joined the first season of GMA Network’s reality singing competition Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break.
Dubbed as the show’s “Pop Sweetheart,” she was only 13 years old when she joined the said competition. In the show, she made it to the grand finals under the tutelage of OPM icon Janno Gibbs. Now blooming and feisty at 21, she is set to conquer the OPM scene with her debut single “Sahod.”
Lirah is currently managed by Thea Pollisco, under the same umbrella as renowned OPM artist Gloc-9, hip-hop hitmaker Shanti Dope, and alt-rock band Sandiwa.
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Personal: Happy Birthday to my mother Magdalena Fegarido-Bonifacio on September 17. I love you, Mom!
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