Manila flow masters Gloc-9, Ramdiss, and Hero have joined forces for their newest Spotify Singles track, “Umaga.” This track is part of KALYE X — Spotify’s initiative that spotlights Pinoy hip-hop through meaningful collaborations with artists and communities.
“Umaga”, the final track of the three first-ever original Filipino hip-hop Spotify Single, packs a punch with its unapologetic message on embracing your individuality. It’s a raw and fearless anthem, encouraging listeners to break free from society’s expectations.
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Gloc-9, Hero and Ramdiss, each hailing from diverse backgrounds, have come together for KALYE X to create “Umaga”.
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.
KALYE X ends strong in Manila!
Bringing the epic concert series — from Cebu to Davao — now to the grand finale, KALYE X Manila, held at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds, was a night of the sleekest Pinoy hip-hop beats. In an exclusive partnership with Wish 107.5, KALYE X Manila headliners Gloc-9, Ramdiss, and Hero treated fans with a Wishclusive performance of “Umaga”.
The crowd roared as the headliners took over the concert stage. Ramdiss showcased a heart-thumping performance with his tracks including “Underdawg” and “Buod.” Hero treated the audience to his hits like “Sumpa” and “Ipakita Mo,” Finally, Gloc-9 stepped on the stage, prompting the entire audience to sing along to his greatest songs including, “Upuan,” “Sumayaw Ka,” “Simpleng Tao” and more. The three artists then punctuated the night as they performed Umaga — live for the first time!
“We are thrilled to have been on this journey with our Filipino hip-hop artists — from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Our commitment to spotlighting their craft, providing unparalleled opportunities and fueling Pinoy pride is year round,” shares Kossy Ng, Spotify Asia’s Head of Music. “We’re just getting started, and there’s much more to come from Spotify in bringing the best of Filipino music and culture.”
Spotify unveiled its KALYE X artists from Cebu, Davao, and Manila on the New York Times Square billboard — marking a significant milestone for Pinoy hip-hop on the international stage.
The night also included an intense KALYE City Xypher with a 16-bar challenge hosted by Rekta Sa Kalye, delivering the most impressive verses and playful rhymes. The crowd was also treated to Hev Abi’s remarkable performances of “WELCOME2DTQ”, and “Para Sa Streets”, while the trio of O SIDE OF MAFIA also wowed the crows with their hit tracks “SMD”, “CRASHING”, and “20 Deep”. There was also a visual showcase of the vibrant Manila street life by talented local artist Trip63.
Listen to “Umaga” now, and follow the Kalye Hip-Hop playlist, where you can press play on two more original Spotify Singles: “Wa Na Wa” by Midnasty and Cookie$, and “Kendeng” by Morobeats. For more of KALYE X, follow @SpotifyPH on all social media platforms