What happens when you put all the biggest rap stars in the history of the Philippines since Francis M? Find out this September 19 as JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel presents Rock to Lead this September 19, 2014 Friday. The highly anticipated show is scheduled at 5pm at the Family Park, Talamban Cebu. The surging local hip-hop community hoists its flag this Friday night as the genre’s young, rap and metal sensations’ Loonie, Abra, Ron Henley, DJ Buddah and Greyhoundz will be staging their first concert together in Cebu.
Raymond Abracosa, better known as Abra, is a Filipino hip hop artist. He gained popularity in his song “Gayuma” (“Potion”). The music video for the song shows Abra being given a potion only to realize that his love interest is in fact gay. The video has reached more than 26 million views on YouTube, the highest number generated by any local artist. A lyrically gifted rapper, Loonie is respected in the rap and hip-hop circle and idolized by many. Loonie learned from the best in honing his rap skills in both English and Tagalog. At 16, he joined the “Rappublic of the Philippines” contest at noontime show Eat Bulaga as group Stick Figgas with his best friend Ron Henley. The country’s master rapper Francis Magalona took him under his wings and became part of his crew of “hype men” during gigs and concerts.
The “New Metal” genre was conceived or how Greyhoundz’s fans and critics would say, the HU-POW movement. This was how powerful their single “Pigface” was spreading throughout the scene. The new music scene really took off when Greyhoundz released their debut album, 7 Corners of Your Game in 1999. Released under Sony Music Philippines, this album contained the rawest and most powerful yet appealing tracks. Songs like “Mr. P.I.G.”, “Leech” and “Party At 802” displayed the band’s versatility in song writing.
Heavy rock meets hip-hop –as we all know how the two norms clashed then. Needless to say that it was Greyhoundz that bridged the gap. The album went on to hit Platinum status, making Greyhoundz the meanest and heaviest band in the country. Cebu bands expected to grace the show include Drop Decay, Bethany, Dropout Club, Mathina, Dance with Me Kris, Shuffled, Foc Fashion and Cebu Elite Beatboxers United. The show will be hosted by Mike Swift. Tickets are sold at 300.00 pesos.
Ticket Outlets are as follows:
•Shabu-Way Hot Pot Cuisine, Ayala Terraces
•Handuraw Pizza, Gorordo
•Skills and Bones, Azul
•Think Positive Clothing, Jones
•Purple Tea, APM Mall
•The Pink Bar, Mango
•The Backdoor, Mango
•Baryo Grill, USC Main
•Flow Genesis Parkour and Fitness Studio
The Rock to Lead event is a fundraising concert of JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel for the “Read to Lead” literacy program. Visit JCI-Cebu Mactan Channel’s website for more details at www.jcicebumactanchannel.org.
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