Two Bay Area favorites are collaborating on a dope track! Guapdad 4000's just released She Wanna through the label PARADISE RISING which features P-Lo and co-produced by Mansa. It looks like the track is the next snippet we get before Guap's full album, 1176 on March 19th. MYX Global is having a premier with a raid train all day on 3/10 with various DJs spinning the track. Check out the time slots above.
The track pays tribute to the classic party track, "Wait (The Whisper Song)" by the Ying Yang Twins. You could say She Wanna is about to be the Bay Area version of the Atlanta staple. Along with the release of the song, Guapdad premiers a music video!
Another surprise we learned is hip-hop mogul Rick Ross has co-signed Guap's album and the recently released music video for How Many. He goes on to say how dope Guap's music and visuals have been. The comments are blowing up saying how underrated Guap is and his music is about to take over.
The album 1176 is a tribute to Guap's roots. The actual number "1176" was the address of the house he lived in when he was younger. Guap and !llmind released How Many last month with a music video that included Tagalog subtitles. If you haven't checked it out yet, we got you covered!
For more about how the album was created check out what Guapdad 4000 and !llmind said about the process here on MYX Global.
ABOUT GUAPDAD 4000:
Growing up in West Oakland provided the Grammy Nominated, Platinum recording artist Guapdad 4000 (born Akeem Hayes) with a vast treasure chest of invaluable inspiration, encouraging him early on in life to explore his innate talents as a multi-hyphenate creative and eager student of the game. Guapdad's profound sense of humor, paired with his aptitude for commanding attention, translated organically into his lighthearted freestyles and ignited his interest in developing his well-rounded capacities as a vocalist.
Paulo Rodriguez, better known by his stage name P-Lo, is a Filipino American record producer and rapper from Pinole, California. His early success and initial step into the music industry originated from his role in The HBK Gang, a collective of artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.
!llmind has co-written and produced hip hop, trap, pop, soul, and electronic music for labels such as Cash Money, Def Jam, and Aftermath, and has worked with artists such as Andy Mineo, Kanye West, Drake, J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Ariana Grande, and others. His accomplishments in 2016 include production on the new Hamilton Mixtape and Disney's Moana, both created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Illmind has released several studio albums and had a number of songs and albums reach the music charts.
GRAMMY recognized artists Guapdad 4000 & !llmind are 2 of the most recognized artists in hip hop today working with artists like Kanye, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Chance the Rapper & Wiz Khalifa to name a few. They have teamed up for a classic album called "1176," as an ode to Guap's Oakland address growing up. The album includes creative storytelling over dope beats about being raised by his Filipino Lola (grandma), going to church, his mom, teenage experiences, finding self love & more in the Bay Area.
Watch the interview above with DJ Marlino where they discuss !llmind's musician's father's advice, Jollibee, colorism, the Bay Area, Guapsilog & who would win an adobo cook off with Kuya P-Lo. The next 2 singles, "She Wanna" 3/10 & "Chicken Adobo" 3/19 will amplify Filipino culture, values & food to the mainstream world stage in the next few weeks, with the support of 120M+ Filipinos worldwide who have been a staple to helping launch social media platforms & music internationally.
The Philippines is the #4 country in 2020 who helped K-Pop trend on Twitter worldwide & is considered a trigger country for all record labels trying to launch their artist internationally. With more awareness of the culture's impact to global trends, you’ll see a rise in Fil talent as the community shifts that to support their own.
The next 2 singles, "She Wanna" 3/10 & "Chicken Adobo" 3/19 are about to amplify Filipino culture, values & food to the mainstream world stage in the next few weeks. The QuickMYX on Wave 89.1FM will launch soon Saturdays at 9P PHT.
The lead single off the album has already made waves (literally & figuratively) throughout the world, being added to iconic hip hop stations like Power 106 in Los Angeles, KMEL in San Francisco & now #1 on Manila's top station for hip hop, pop & R&B - Wave 89.1FM.
The official animated lyric video features not only the lyrics in English but Tagalog/Filipino as well:
The #HowManyChallenge kicks off today where artists, DJs, dancers, producers & all creatives are asked to post their videos on Instagram, Tik Tok & kumu klips using "How Many" as the backing track or instrumental. The top 10 videos will be available for voting here on www.myx.global & the top 3 will be judged by Guapdad 4000 & !llmind themselves. A $500 USD (24,000 PhP) prize will be given out alongside Guap & !llmind exclusive merch. Use the hashtag #HowManyChallenge tagging @guapdad4000, @illmindproducer & @MYXglobal on all social media. Deadline to enter is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PST.
Ramon Ibanga, Jr. was born on August 28 in New Jersey, where he was raised in the city of Newark, New Jersey before later moving with his family to Bloomfield, New Jersey. His family provided a strong musical background, as his father was a musician and his older brother Les-Paul was even named after the late Les Paul. !llmind started using his father's equipment to make beats around age 13, specifically learning MIDI and sequencing on a Roland KR-500 keyboard. In his early teens he developed an interest in hip hop, and started producing music in 1997.
Around 1999, he began to take production more seriously and he started sampling, using both hip hop vinyl and obscure records such as his father's old jazz and soul albums from the Philippines. He began using the program Cubase and an Akai S20 sampler around age 17. J Dilla and Pete Rock are influences, but he writes and produces a variety of genres. He's produced for countless of top hip hop artists like Little Brother, Boot Camp Clik, Drake, Kendrick, J Cole, Jay-Z & Beyoncé to name a few.
!llmind was recently inspired to return to working with Filipino artists like he did at the start of his multi-platinum producing career after he took a trip to the Philippines with comedian Jo Koy to film his Netflix special and produce the special's theme song, “Kayumanggi!” alongside Moro Beats. The official music video for Tanikala, A, & Fateeha on vocals feature the arena selling Jo Koy and America's Best Dance & successful crew, the Jabbawockeez.
About Guapdad 4000:
Growing up in West Oakland provided the Grammy Nominated, Platinum recording artist Guapdad 4000 (born Akeem Hayes) with a vast treasure chest of invaluable inspiration, encouraging him early on in life to explore his innate talents. Guapdad's profound sense of humor, paired with his aptitude for commanding attention, translated organically into his lighthearted freestyles and ignited his interest in developing his well-rounded capacities as a vocalist.
While navigating an upbringing challenged by both parents being in and out of jail at overlapping time frames, Guapdad 4000 began operating out of a necessity to both survive and take care of his siblings and grandmother. Driven by his greater desire to rise above such calamitous circumstances, he documented his ups and downs in his original content.
After releasing a slew of successful hits since in the summer of 2019, Guapdad 4000 released his highly anticipated debut album, “Dior Deposits” in October of 2019 in which he let his fans name for him. His album was later proclaimed a Top Ten Album of 2019 on New York Times. In addition to his singles setting the charts on fire and his solo album going viral, Guapdad also continues to build a buzz after his features on Dreamville’s RIAA Platinum “Revenge of the Dreamers 3” album by performing at prominent festivals nationwide, touring with P Lo, Earthgang (Dreamville) & Denzel Curry & being featured on songs within hop stars G-Eazy, Snoop Dogg & Chance the Rapper.
Guapdad got his nickname from his Lola, who always called him guapo or pogi which means “handsome” in Tagalog. Let’s welcome & raise our glasses to the only rapper to wear a Barong to NY fashion week. Guap has been known for unapologetically being himself - a perfect fusion of Black & Filipino culture working with artists like Chris Brown, Chance the Rapper, Bryson Tiller, Wiz Khalifa & many more. He credits his Lola for his inspiration and is excited to go back to the Philippines one day.
88 Rising's sub-label Paradise Rising just released a video clip featuring GRAMMY Nominated artist Guapdad 4000 and GRAMMY award winning producer Illmind on their instagram with the date 2/12/21, referring to the first date of their first single release off their joint album. No other details have been announced yet but we are excited to see the colab come to life as MYX was the first to interview them about the new project at the Kollective Hustle launch in November 2020. Guap is seen with his luggage traveling to the East Coast to work with producer known for his work with Drake, Jay-Z & countless A-list rappers. Watch Illmind share his knowledge and behind the scenes in his exclusive Twitch series on twitch.tv/illmindproducer.
Listen to a sneak peak of Guapdad 4000 & Illmind “How Many” here.
The pioneering media company has teamed up with the Philippines-based mobile provider Globe to launch PARADISE RISING, a localized label dedicated to establishing a presence for Filipino artists in the west and globally.
According to Forbes, "88rising’s mission of supporting and shining the spotlight on Asian talent around the world takes an exciting step forward with a new label dedicated to musicians from the Philippines. The pioneering media company has teamed up with the Philippines-based mobile provider Globe to launch PARADISE RISING, a localized label dedicated to establishing a presence for Filipino artists in the west and globally.
Launched in July 2020 with their first semiluscent EP featuring Kiana V, Leila Alcasid, Fern, Jason Dhakal and Massiah, PARADISE RISING provides music distribution, music rights management, and artists development for Filipino artists. Their future plans are hopefully similar to how 88rising has done for their impressive roster of acts that includes both critical and Internet darlings like Rich Brian, Joji, NIKI, Higher Brothers, Stephanie Poetri and more. 88rising says fans can expect new songs along with amplified by promotional events, interview and digital content, as well as exclusive music videos."
Watch the first Guapdad 4000 & Illmind MYX interview below. In 2020 they were both honored at the MYX Filipinos in Music pre-GRAMMY brunch by their colleagues in the music industry alongside Power 106 Program Director, DJ E-Man last year and they come together to talk about their career history and latest project. !ll said "I don't really bump my own projects but I bump this!" and Guapdad hilariously started by saying, "I didn't even know !llmind was Filipino when I first heard about him as at tight producer years ago, but when I met him, knew he was Filipino but I didn't want to tell him..." He talked about creating several songs together.
Save the date and stay posted here to MYX for details.
Ramon "!llmind" Ibanga Jr. is a GRAMMY award winning, multi-platinum music producer who's worked with all of your favorite artists like J Cole, Drake, The Carters, Lin Manuel Miranda, Lil Uzi Vert, & many more. In addition to his work with artists directly he has contributed to the the soundtracks to Blockbuster Films like Disney's Moana & Marvel’s Black Panther, while also producing four records on the Hamilton Mixtape. !ll is the founder of "Blap-Kits," a series of "beat-making" tools available for music producers which eventually pioneered the now multi-million dollar per year "drum kit & sound pack" industry.
ABOUT GUAPDAD 4000:
Guapdad 4000 is a Grammy nominated, platinum recording artist from West Oakland; who’s profound sense of humor, paired with his aptitude for commanding attention, translated organically into his music. His latest single “Alpha” just dropped to hold fans over until his highly anticipated album, produced by Illmind, coming to you at the beginning of 2021. Guapdad’s talent, creativity and versatility marks him as one of the most promising budding stars of the music industry.
DannieBoi got to sit with Guapdad last year on MYX at the start of the qurantine to talk in detail about his bi-racial Filipino roots growing up in Oakland, his Lola's scary but funny superstitions and his favorite food.