Being in an industry that has so much room to do a sermon, mainstream rapper Gloc-9 believes that sounding preachy is something he’d rather seriously avoid.
At the presscon promoting his latest EP called Rotonda, the rapper said he disapproves of preaching in the form of rapping.
“The last thing I want mangyari is maging preachy. Pag naging preachy ako, senyales yun na tapos na ako,” Gloc-9 recently told interviewers.
The famed “beat poet,” whose real name is Aristotle Pollisco, added jokingly, “Kapag wala na akong kuwento, maghuhugas na lang ako ng pwet ng foreigner!”
PROLIFIC POLLISCO. Gloc-9 has proven to be prolific since he released his first album as a solo act in 2003. He was just as productive when he started as a member of a rapping recording group.
He created an EP because “sakto siya sa gusto kong i-discuss na mga bagay na hindi ko pa napagusapan sa ibang album.”
That is a quote from a man who has already released eight solo albums and one EP prior to his latest that contains the danceable carrier single “Ice Tubig” featuring the voice of Mike Luis.
TWO DECADES. This 2017 marks Gloc-9's 20th year as a rapper.
He renewed his ties with Universal Records, which released his EP titled Rotonda.
It features the title track-collaboration of him and world music artist Joey Ayala.
Gloc-9 recalled, “Kung titingnan ko yung 20 years, parang ang biggest lesson ay magpatuloy lang do’n sa gusto mo talagang gawing mga kanta.”
True enough, Gloc-9 is known for tackling various social issues in his songs. His biggest hits have to do with corruption (“Upuan”), LGBT rights (“Sirena”), the plight of OFWs (“Walang Natira”), prostitution (“Magda”), among other topics that Pinoys know by heart.
PERSONAL STORY. Apart from reaching this career milestone, what’s more meaningful for the rapper dubbed by many as the successor to the late Francis Magalona, is the fact that Gloc-9 is now 40 years old. He did a birthday mall show in Bulacan last October 15.
For him, his new EP is a strong suit considering it is done by one who has just actually reached the important age when life is said to truly begin.
“If pakinggan niyo nang buo ang Rotonda, mas maiintindihan niyo ang konteksto na sinasalamin nito. Mas makikilala niyo ako ng personal,” he said about his 6-track EP.
EP LAUNCH. Gloc-9’s birthday show was just a teaser as he is set to do an EP launch this Saturday (November 4) at Eastwood Central Plaza by 7 p.m.
Every purchase of the EP Rotonda comes with a free Gloc-9 T-shirt.
For someone who once described himself as “gusgusing rapper sa Rizal,” he has come a long way to become a major presence in the progressing rap community.
He pointed out, “Mas malaki na yung community ng Pinoy rapper at mas maraming opportunities na wala kami dati. Sobrang gagaling ng ilan sa kanila.”
He also hinted at slowing down a bit and giving chance for others to shine the way he did and still does.
He said with a smile, “Time na nila ito. Hindi ko na kailangang makipagsabayan sa kanila.”