After the success of his previous albums, Diploma and Matrikula, Filipino rapper Gloc-9 has again released a studio album under Sony Music Philippines. He shared some cuts of the 13-track album, Talumpati, during the album launch held at the Eastwood Central Plaza last February 24.
The list of guest performers that he collaborated with in Talumpati reads like a who’s who of rock and pop from the Pinoy music scene: Aiza Seguerra, Yeng Constantino, Top Suzara, Mcoy Fundales of Kenyo, Wency Cornejo, G Dawg (Gordon Lambatan), former Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholar Sheng Belmonte, Gab Chee Kee of Parokya Ni Edgar, Aia De Leon of Imago and Pointblanc, Jaq Dionicio of Kiss Jane and Tanya Markova. Gloc-9 even produced a song with his twins Daniel and Shaun titled "Gusto Ko."
Aia De Leon of Imago and Pointblanc described her collaboration with Gloc-9 as a song about "faith and determination to succeed."
The title track "Talumpati" is about Gloc-9’s struggles of making it big as a rapper. Aia recalls, "Before we recorded the song, Gloc told me his whole story as a rap artist from the beginning. He was talking about his struggles. He considered concentrating on making a living. Things took a different turn when he was able to find people to work with. One record label was looking for him because they heard the demo. Wala pang cell phone nun, landline pa yung tawag. That call opened doors for him."
The rest as they say is history. In the song, he cites an event with Andrew E in which he performed and was discovered by record execs.
Aia gave her opinion on why she thinks Gloc-9 is considered the best Pinoy rapper today. "His rap takes the form of poetry. Nanggigigil talaga, bursting with beautiful words and well-thought of rhymes. Sometimes, there are pauses in places that you don’t expect.
"Nandun yung libog, taking the whole composition in consideration. What people don’t realize is that he also composes. He created the melody and asked us to sing it. Even instruments like the drums — it all comes from his mind. He’s such a visionary. That’s what makes him the best."
The poetry in Gloc-9’s lyrics have gotten such critical acclaim that National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera was among those who had a CD signed during the meet-and-greet event.
Aia added, "I also like ’Bugtong’ it’s very very catchy. It’s with Yeng Constantino. Actually lahat maganda talaga, e. Yung album sobra siyang busog, kanina I can’t stop listening to it over and over."
Gloc-9 explained that the artists were chosen among his friends, people that he happened to meet in gigs and whose work he admires. "Sobrang bilib rin naman ako sa mga talent nila. Sobrang blessing na bubuo yung kanta na di namin pinipilit. Very thankful ako sa kanila. Si Gabriel Chee Kee ng Parokya Ni Edgar he co-wr0te ng dalawa dun sa album na very fun experience. Maraming kwento sa likod ng kanta."
He also gave a lot of credit to producer Jonathan Ong who is able to mix and create the songs after the vocals and a general concept of how it would go. "So every time na pinaparinig niya sa ’kin yung finished song lagi akong nahuhulog sa silya. Para siyang regalo every time."
The album also features the first time he collaborated with his twins Daniel and Shaun for the song titled, "Gusto Ko."
The message is tied up with his desire for his own children to finish their education, "Ayokong sabihin sa ’kin ng anak ko ’Bakit nagpaka-rock star ka?’ Yung pressure ngayon nasa kanila. Nagpaka-rock star ako but I still managed to finish college. At least di nila ko pwedeng sumbatan. Pwede ko silang pilitin na you need to finish school. Kahit ’yon lang muna ang gawin n’yo."
Still one of his biggest influences is Francis Magalona. To a lot of Filipinos, the torch has been passed: From the greatest Filipino rapper of all time to Gloc-9
Gloc said, "I felt like kailangan ituloy kung ano yung sinimulan niya. Ayokong sabihin na kaya kong pantayan o higitan yung ginawa niya. Gusto ko yung kaya ko lang gawin na similar sa ginawa niya. Lagi kong sinasabi kung ano yung kaya kong gawin as an artist and as a rapper di ko magagawa kung hindi si Francis Magalona yung foundation ko."
Now he is focused on helping the Francis Magalona Cash Crew (dance group).
"Si Elmo parang kapatid ko na yan. Si Sir Kiks (what Gloc-9 calls Francis M), tawag niya sa ’kin anak. Never ako bumibili ng sapatos nung buhay siya. Every time na kita niyang madumi na shoes ko bibigyan niya ko ng bagong shoes. Very close ako sa family niya. Kahit anung pwede kong gawin para sa FMCC, gagawin ko."
The FMCC also performed during the album launch at Eastwood.
- Intro Ni Aristotle Featuring Top Suzara
- Buti Na Lang Featuring Mcoy Fundales Of Kenyo
- Bugtong Featuring Yeng Constantino
- Akin Lang Naman Featuring G-Dawg A.K.A. Gordon Lambatan
- Walang Natira Featuring Sheng Belmonte
- Baon Featuring Gab Chee Kee Of Parokya Ni Edgar
- Atik Laham Featuring Wency Cornejo
- Salbahe Featuring Tanya Markova
- Elmer Featuring Jaq Dionisio Of Kiss Jane And Jomal Linao Of Kamikazee
- Gusto Ko Featuring Wonder Twins Sean Daniel And Daniele Shaun
- Kislap Featuring Aiza Seguerra
- Talumpati Featuring Aia De Leon Of Imago And Pointblanc