Tu$ Brother$, composed of members Al Tus & Rudyrude, have grown to a household name in the Filipino hip-hop community since we last featured the duo. The collective has just dropped a new song and music video titled “Can’t See Me.” The hard-hitting banger is part of the “Bawal Tus” EP, made in collaboration with Yung Bawal.
“Can’t See Me” is a hard-hitting track that tackles themes of the reality of drugs and violence with unflinching honesty. The lyrics are raw and uncompromising, painting a vivid picture of the harsh realities of life on the streets. Against this backdrop, the beat uses a kettle boiling water as its main melody, creating a sense of tension and urgency that perfectly complements the intensity of the lyrics. The title is also a nod to John Cena’s infamous catchphrase, something the Tu$ Brothers flipped as metaphor for “invisibility” — representing those who operate in the shadows and go unseen by the authorities and their enemies.
Check out the “Can’t See Me” music video below!
Meet Andrea Clute, a Canadian/Filipino singer/songwriter representing Vancouver! Andrea is a singer who uses a blend of R&B and pop production, inspired by her frequent collaborator Jared Manierka, who often produces for Carly Rae Jepsen. Her sound has received comparisons to different artists, but she is mainly inspired by SZA, Doja Cat, and Celine Dion.
The vocalist shared a quote with us regarding her “Unsaid” EP: “The six tracks are a journey from joy to heart ache as-well as the emotions in between like loneliness, desperation, and realization. Writing this ep helped me to open up and confess to feelings I was trying to suppress. It represents everything I’ve wanted to say but didn’t know how to.”
You can catch her EP here and watch the music video for its lead single “Nervous” below!
Shanti Dope is back with a new song and the Filipino MC continues to drop smooth music for both his female and male fans alike. That said, this new joint is definitely intended for the ladies! The lyricist flexes both his rapping abilities and ear for melodies in “Young Gaddy,” following a similar trend from his previous singles like: “Y.G.G.” and “Tricks”.
Shanti’s Dope’s latest release “Young Daddy” is also accompanied by a lyric video. This banger is the perfect late night soundtrack to add to your Tagalog rap playlists when chilling with your favorite love interest. Check out “Young Daddy” below!
Dominic Fike has been teasing his return to music and the “Euphoria” actor just dropped a new single and announced his new album. The Filipino-American singer revealed his new album “Sunburn” will be dropping on July 7 via Columbia Records. The “Dancing in the Courthouse” artist took to social media to announce the project with a promotional video. You can pre-save the album here.
Dominic Fike also dropped a new song titled “Ant Pile” from his upcoming album. The track features the crooner narrating his first love, a theme similar to his first single where he took fans on a trip down memory lane to his legal problems as a teen. Fans of the Fike will be surprised as this is one of his most romantic songs yet. You can listen to it below!
SB19 has kicked off their “PAGTATAG!” era with their newest single, “Gento.” Earlier this month, the group previously their new EP and this is the first sample we have from the upcoming project.
“GENTO” places SB19’s bold talent and confidence into the spotlight, highlighting their strength and versatility as a group. The song flex catchy wordplay, effortlessly flipping ganito (like this), ginto (gold), and gento, the Caviteño word for ganito. It delivers a powerful message of their growth as a group, after years of refinement—just like gold.
For this single, SB19 draws inspiration from transformational change—how incremental and everyday acts lead to success and change. Five years since their debut, the P-pop collective continues to test—and break—limits with their unconventional sound and unbounded talent. Check out their new song “Gento” below!
While the young singer-songwriter and producer Will Mikhael is trying to discover his sound, he tried to work on a love song. The result? It’s both sweet and divine; making the song title “Sweet & Divine” too apt for his sheer creation.
The young singer shares, “I needed a love ballad on my catalog for people to slow dance to and that’s how I came about “Sweet & Divine”. Furthermore, Will says it’s all about adoring your woman to the fullest. “The song is about nothing but good vibes with your lover,” he adds, evident in lines, “wonderland is where I stand / when I’m with you, baby it’s you / I just wanna fly to the moon with the girl I’m into”.
The powerful love song is accompanied by a dreamy music video which also stars Kristine Monares, who’s also Will’s leading lady on “Swing By To You”. The five-minute visual depicts the romantic escapade that he did with his muse as they go to the “wonderland” of their own.
“Sweet & Divine” by Will Mikhael is his third single released under Universal Records Philippines. Stream it on your favorite digital streaming platforms now.
Cover Photo Credit: Universal Music PH
Eyedress has built a strong and loyal cult fanbase through the years thanks to his ear for inventive sonics and his even more impressive eye for innovative visuals. His successful independent music run has recently been recognized with a major label co-sign from RCA Records. The Filipino creative’s latest release stays true to his formula of alternative sonics, partnered with trippy visuals.
Eyedress just dropped a mellow new song titled “Escape From The Killer” and the single comes in two different versions. The two editions, 1994 and 2008, draw inspiration from the sound of their accompanying eras. Watch the “Escape From The Killer (2008)” music video and listen to the “Escape From The Killer (1994)” song below!
Photo Courtesy of Eyedress Instagram
James Reid is back with new music and the song is definitely bringing the heat as the summer approaches. In celebration of his birthday, the Careless Music CEO dropped a new single titled “So Fire” and the track is definitely titled appropriately. The song is definitely a groovy banger that will compliment your playlists perfectly for either nights out or cruising with the windows down. This track is the definition of feel good vibes and will have you dancing throughout its run time.
This is the singer’s most recent follow-up to his album, “lovescene.” Check out James Reid’s latest song below, but we’re warning you don’t get too close!
Jakarta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter, and producer NIKI recently announced her upcoming “Nicole World Tour” this summer and fall. To coincide with this announcement, NIKI also dropped the music video for fan favorite track “Backburner” and released her new live album Live at the Wiltern, out now via 88rising.
Following her sold-out North American headlining tour last fall, NIKI is bringing her live show to cities across the globe with her 2023 world tour which will span across North America, Asia, and Europe. Tickets will be on sale to the public on Thursday, May 18th at 10AM local time, following local presales on May 16th and 17th. The full list of dates can be found below and you can hit up her official website for more information. The Indonesian hitmaker is set to hit Manila on September 13 at the Mall Of Asia Arena. Niki previously hit Manila for HTIC in December 2022.
Directed by Isaac Ravishankara, the new music video for NIKI’s fan favorite track “Backburner” is deliberate and intimate. NIKI takes viewers into her world as she watches old footage recorded on her camcorder and re-lives fond memories of a past relationship. Watch the “Backburner” music video below.
Life comes full circle as our Paboritong Makata reminisces his humble beginnings as a dreaming lad from the municipality of Binangonan in Rizal, looking up at the starlit night wishing that one day he’ll become part of the constellation of famous rap stars. And from that certain perspective, he crafted a song called “Kamusta Ka Na”.
The song is simple yet profound introspection. It is a monologue where Gloc-9 chats to his young self; looking back to the tune when he took the road less travelled.
The journey of the seemingly countless rejections, armed with only his unwavering belief that with each trial he surpassed is one step closer to making his dream become a reality.
Success is in the journey and what a ride it has been! Twenty-five years and he’s still riding the waves. According to his manager, Asintada Management’s chairman and CEO Thea Pollisco aka Mrs. 9, feeling age creeping in and yet he still spurred to keep going but this time as a beacon, trailblazing his way for the young rap artists to follow, stoking within each of them the very same fire that once upon a time he had.
Recently, Gloc-9 has been actively releasing several other projects, including the launch of their first collaboration with Greyhoundz since 2006, “XXV” and a song called “Kwentong Barbero” with newly signed UR artist Ramdiss.
The single artwork of the song was made by CLMarts.
If you’re a fan of the local Filipino hip-hop scene, you’re familiar that Drill music is the latest musical phenomenon that’s taking over. While Drill rappers are a dime a dozen, a new rap collective named has caught our attention due to their unique sound. TriFluoride, a group hailing from Carmona, Cavite and tracing their roots to Zamboanga, has been making waves in the scene due to their songs that combine English, Tagalog, and their native dialect Tausug. The trio, composed of members: BL, Strict, and Yung Youz, has built a fan-base by their ability to relate to the strength and resiliency of Filipinos and by being a voice representing the region south of the Philippines.
While most drill music focuses on traditional hip hop themes like braggadocio, violence, and chasing women — TriFluoride is a breath of fresh air that offers a far different approach. The MCs use the popular drill sound to discuss fighting through adversity and anxiety.
According to Yung Youz, he described the brotherhood he’s forged with BL and Strict through music: “We find connection through drill hip hop and share the same bond with each other”
BL added: “I’ve done R&B songs before, but I fell in love with Drill – but we know how to adapt.”
We’re looking forward to seeing what TriFluoride can accomplish in the local Filipino hip hop scene this year. Check out their latest music video “Bloody Mary” directed by Matthew Wojciechowski and Eyad Sayeed of Cereal Clicker below!
You know teenage rap sensation Alex Bruce, but now you will be introduced to her alter-ego. The rising star just dropped her new single titled “Betty Bruce” with Sony Music Entertainment and it’s a female anthem. In the track, the femcee draws inspiration from well known cartoon character Betty Boop, an iconic figure best known for her independent and free-thinking outlook on life.
On “Betty Bruce,” Alex raps about being a woman of power and integrity. She also discusses not caring about what others think and taking control of her own decisions, no matter how others try to box her into a specific category. Check out the empowering record below!