Three hip-hop artists hailing from different backgrounds in Manila join forces on “Umaga.” The collaboration is the final installment from Spotify’s Kalye X initiative that spread light on Filipino hip-hop.
Gloc-9, hip-hop OG, brings his extensive experience in storytelling through music. “I love writing songs about real stories and struggles of people, and being able to capture what we go through every day. As an artist, I want my music to resonate with everyone, hip-hop fan or not. That is why I take pride in creating songs that tell people’s stories like what we did here for our Spotify Single, Umaga,” he said.
Ramdiss draws inspiration from his personal experiences, creating music that resonates with his fans through his raw and genuine sentiments. He proudly acknowledges the legacy of rap legends who paved the way for his generation, saying, "I take pride in the lessons I've learned from those who laid the foundation for rap music in the Philippines. At tulad ng dati, ay patuloy akong magiging alagad ng rap at habambuhay akong makikibaka para sa kapakanan ng lirisismo at sining.”
Hero views music not only as an art form, but also as a means of inspiration. His journey began when he discovered his love for music at the age of 15. He reflects, "As much as I love creating music, I also love seeing people get inspired by my songs. I'm grateful that Spotify helps artists like us reach a wider audience, enable collaborations with great talents, and open new doors,” Hero shared. “Wala akong hinangad kundi gumawa nang gumawa ng awitin at hindi ko naman inaasahan na dito ako dadalhin ng bagay na minahal kong gawin.” he added.
Check out “Umaga” below!