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King Badger, Omar Baliw, other Pandayo artists react to Filipinos still looking down on Pinoy Hip-Hop

“Actually, hindi ko nga alam na may naglo-lookdown pa sa music namin kasi napakalakas ng movement namin ngayon. Ng buong Hiphop movement, so kung may naglookdown man, kayo na ‘yung may sakit.”– King Badger

On June 3, King Badger, Omar Baliw, and other Pandayo artists shared their reactions to Filipinos still looking down on Pinoy Hip-Hop.

During the media conference for the Pandayo Alon Water Music Festival, King Badger highlighted the movement of Pinoy Hip-Hop amid the pandemic. 



“Actually, hindi ko nga alam na may naglo-lookdown pa sa music namin kasi napakalakas ng movement namin ngayon. Ng buong Hiphop movement, so kung may naglookdown man, kayo na ‘yung may sakit.”

Omar Baliw focused on creating music and paid no mind to detractors of Pinoy Hip-Hop.

“Masyado na rin kasi maraming ginagawa so sobrang busy minsan, hindi na rin napapansin. So ibig sabihin wala talagang bilang, basta ginagawa lang namin ‘yung mga dapat naming gawin.”

Don Pao echoed similar sentiments of Omar Baliw, emphasizing the importance of focusing on his own views.

“Wala naman hindi naman dapat intindihin ‘yung mga ganong bagay eh. Dapat focus ka lang sa kung ano ‘yung pananaw mo sa buhay.”

Markbeats stated that he could care less about Filipinos looking down on the music genre. 

“Siguro hindi naman mawawala ‘yun eh. Kasi, parang sa lahat naman ng bagay may mga naglo-lookdown talaga. So parang ako as an artist, as a producer, sa totoo lang wala din akong pakialam kung may mga naglo-lookdown pero tuloy pa rin ‘yung gagawin namin.”

JP Bacallan acknowledged that there are always people who would judge Hip-Hop.

“Di mo rin kasi maalis sa mga tao na may magju-judge at magjudge talaga sayo. Sa lahat ng bagay na ginagawa mo. So better na go ahead, do your own shit, at ‘yun ‘yung sinasabi sa akin ni Mark na consistency lang.” 

Zae added that rap artists could not please everyone and cited their music platform’s focus on providing quality music.

“Hindi mo naman din talaga mapi-please lahat, but since tumataas ‘yung kalidad nga mga artist, ‘yung mga Hiphop artist ngayon, feeling ko it will grow on them ‘yung genre, I feel like it would grown on them, mas ma-appreciate nila in the future kasi parte din ako ng mga artist na talagang nagpo-focus sa kalidad ng mga gawa namin.”

Mc Rhenn remarked that he preferred remaining within circles of like-minded people.

“For me naman, ako wala akong idea kung ano ‘yun. Kasi circle na sinasamahan ko, kapag hindi kita kapareho mag-isip, hindi na ako sasama sayo, so wala akong balita sa mga ganyan, kung i-look down man nila ‘yung music natin ngayon, basta kami dito alam namin ‘yung ginagawa namin dito.”

As for their music event, King Badger, Omar Baliw, Don Pao, Markbeats, JP Bacallan, Zae, and Mc Rhenn are joining the Pandayo Alon Water Music Festival on Sunday, June 12, 2022, from 10 am to 2 am at Amoranto Stadium Quezon City. 



Pre-sell tickets are available for P100 until June 10, 2022, while walk-in attendees can purchase tickets for P1,000. Attendees can reach out to Angelo Padilla at 09176056701 or Chumichill Linda at 09165604404.

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