While Nas’ King’s Disease still enchanted everyone on the hip-hop music scene just like Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die and Lil Baby’s My Turn, these underrated OPM artists have been climbing their way slowly but surely since their debuts. Even though they were still undiscovered by the mainstream music community, their songs were slowly getting recognized. Here are the three hip-hop artists to watch out for for the next months or years:
CCube is a 2nd Year Computer Science student from Muntinlupa City. Currently, a member of Itak ni Andres, Made in Phil., MKBYN Pro, and Next Monday, he is a rap battle enthusiast and contender. CCube continuously honed his skills from these avenues and eventually released his debut song “Kadiliman” in 2019, a song about rape and sexual harassment in Philippine streets.
This 20-year-old rapper’s craft is influenced by notable hip-hop artists like Gloc 9, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Looney, and Ron Henley. They have greatly fueled his idea for his biggest hit, “777“, a song about religious skepticism that gathered 3.2k streams on YouTube. His underrated song “?” was recognized by Umpisa Music as Top pick for October 2020.
His productivity is rooted in his desire to learn more, and CCube shows his determination to continue expressing his feelings and opinions through his music.
“Positibo man o negatibo ang sabihin nila, gawin mo lang gasolina yan pareho. Gumagawa ka ng musika dahil gusto mo [at] hindi para magustuhan ka,” CCube told STAIL.PH in a phone interview. “Wag na wag kang makukuntento, palagi mong higitan yung recent tracks or battles mo. Ika nga nila ‘e there’s always a room for improvement–madali lang makaakyat sa tuktok pero mahirap manatili.“
2. Aeven Rowz
You may have heard one of his songs sometime in 2013, and we’re lucky to share with you this musicians’ unique journey in hip-hop music. Debuted in 2013, Aeven Rowz first released the song “Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin,” performed with his old band, have gathered a whooping 85k views on YouTube. It was his biggest break in the music, and he decided to continue creating his craft until now.
He started his life on street art from love songs, and he resumed it to creating progressive art pieces. Entering UP helped transform his dedication to the masses, and his musical influences BLKD, Nero, Looney, and Lance greatly moved him to become an artist for the people.
“Ang sining ay sandata, nabubuhay at lumalaban,” Aeven told STAIL.PH. “[Ang] musikang rap ay isa lamang sa napakaraming sining na maaring gawin daan upang mailabas ang nararamdaman, kung kaya’t kung isa ka sa nangangarap na maging isang artist, gawin mo ito dahil gusto mo hindi dahil gusto mo lang sumikat.”
Currently, 22-year old Aeven Rowz is an advocate and activist. He is a member of Alay Sining and KM-64. His latest release, “TUTA! TUTA! TUTA,” depicts the minorities’ current situation under the pandemic and economic crisis, and it is only one of his masterpieces under his new style.
“Bigyang hustisya palagi ang bawat proyektong gagawin, at magbigay rin ng respeto sa lahat, upang sa pag-angat ay walang matapakan. Kung sakaling mang sumikat, bonus na lang yon. Dahil kinilusan mo ang mahal mong kultura.”
If you want to check out Aeven Rowz’ craft, you may visit it here.
Photo by Ashley Delantar
Formed through the friendship challenged by time, this young band brings chill hip-hop music to a different level. Yeoj (18), Bruce (19), JC (20), Carlos (19), and Rjohn (19) released their debut song “LUDUS” in 2019 and gained 2.5k views on YouTube. This is also their biggest hit so far.
These Caloocan-raised youth believe that they have something to prove to themselves and the people around them and were primarily inspired by the Filipino King of Rap Francis Magalona. They were also influenced by Gloc 9, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, and Eminem.
Aside from their group projects, the said band also releases individual and duo music outputs, just like Carlos’ “1703” and his collaboration with JC in “Philo.” Their themes usually revolve around love songs and self-motivation— very timely music for your playlist if you want to relax.
“Lahat tayo, dadaan sa panahong gusto [nang] isuko pero ituloy mo lang,” Bruce said in an interview. “Maging mautak sa lahat kasama ang puso at pahalagahan ang mga payo.”
KONSTRUKT’s latest release, “Bara-bara” allows the fans to know their band more, and since it’s produced during quarantine, it is influenced by their current individual states.
You may stream their music here.