Happening any moment from now, the MTV Music Evolution 2015 Manila pays tribute to Hip Hop with a three-on-three live showdown featuring three of the Philippines best hip hop artists and three international acts that have etched their names on the pages of world music history!

Earlier today, I was able to meet up close all the artists that will be performing on the MTV ‘world’ stage at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila.  Gloc 9, Abra and Apl De Ap will be representing the ‘Pinoy’ hip hop scene while rap legends Naughty By Nature, YG and DJ Cash Money will add that international flavor to the awesome party!  The grand pre-event press conference was held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.


MTV Music Evolution is a live music event that brings to life the evolution of a music genre and enables young people to experience and discover how music styles and sounds have evolve over the years.  The event is recorded live for global telecast under the MTV World Stage Global series to an international audience of more than three-quarters of a billion households in over 160 countries. A real milestone in itself especially for the Philippine hip hop scene.


One of the youngest rap artist in the Philippines, ABRA or Raymond Abracosa got the first spot on the MTV Music Evolution event. He first gained recognition in the Filipino street rap or Fliptop battle scene in 2012 and has since then made a successful transition to mainstream hip hop with a self-titled album and several hits like ‘Gayuma’ and ‘Ilusyon’ which won him numerous awards like People’s Choice Awards, Best New Artist, Favorite Music Video, Best Male Artist and Song of The Year.


When asked about his edge in the Philippine hip hop scene, he answered, “I have found the fountain of youth and I bathe in it every day.”

Abra also believe that Pinoy Hip Hop is definitely at par with other Asian countries and added that the genre is very much alive and continues to evolve.


After the great Francis Magalona, GLOC 9 or Aristotle Pollisco is also considered by many as a Pinoy Rap and Hip Hop Icon which he quickly disapproved during the press conference earlier and said that, “I don’t see myself as a hip hop icon but more of a hip hop fan.”

Multi-awarded and probably the best rap lyricists of his generation, GLOC 9 has proven time and again why he deserves to be on the very top of the game.  His music is as relevant as when the first time he started writing and doing rap way back in 1993.


In 2014, GLOC 9 conquered the international hip hop music scene when his song ‘Dapat Tama’ won the Bronze World Medal in the New York TV Festival Awards.  He also won the ‘Favorite Urban Video’ and ‘Favorite Collaboration’ awards in the recent MYX Music Awards of 2015.

GLOC 9 announced during the press conference that he will be coming out soon with a 5-track EP called ‘SUKLI.’  He is also in the process of writing a new song called ‘KALYE’ which talks about the real essence of the EDSA Revolution.  Just some of the things that fans will have to watch out for in the not so distant future.


We’re truly blessed! Filipino-born American rapper and member of the international hip hop group Black Eyed Peas (BEP) – Apl De Ap is a 100% Filipino by heart!  And he’s bringing our hip hop banner to the MTV Music Evolution 2015 Manila.

Apl said during the press conference, that hip hop doesn’t really have any genre.  He said that it moves across all the other genre and that it has no limit.  It’s a vehicle to all other music – just his way of saying that hip hop is here to stay and that there’s no way in the world that it would die.  It will evolve but it will never die.



Apl De Ap together with Will I Am formed Black Eyed Peas in 1995.  The group rose to fame in 2003 with their third album ‘Elephunk’ and the song ‘Where Is The Love.’  The group’s music is a consistent chart topper globally.  All four members have also made successful solo careers but the group remained intact up to this date.

And with that, Apl De Ap gave us a very wonderful news at the press conference as he hinted out a possible new Black Eyed Peas album coming out very soon.  They’re now in the process of writing some songs.

The MTV Music Evolution 2015 Manila Press Conference is hosted by VJ Hanli Hoefer, VJ Yassi Pressman, VJ Chris Schneider and VJ Alan Wong.


Catch all our three Pinoy acts perform their hits live this evening at the MTV Music Evolution 2015 Manila!


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