Last year, the U.S. Congress passed Resolution 331, which designates August 11 as “Hip-Hop Celebration Day,” August as “Hip-Hop Recognition Month,” and marks November as “National Hip-Hop History Month.”
For the first national month in hip-hop history, HipHopDX Asia launched a series of dance videos to commemorate the history of world music and cultural movement in five different Asian countries.
The first video was shot in the Philippines, which is said to have developed Southeast Asia’s earliest hip hop scene and community, with some accounts noting it is Asia’s oldest, dating back to the early 1980s.
But DJing long predated hip hop culture in the Philippines. According to National Geographic, “Filipino Americans were among the first to experiment with mobile DJ teams in the 1960s and 1970s. Disc jockeys, or DJs, were responsible for providing the music at clubs, parties and other events. social.
Pinoy singer and comedian George Javier recorded “Na Onseng Delight” in 1980, a parody version of Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 track “Rappers Delight”, and was considered the first Pinoy rap song recorded and the first track by non english rap.
For our dance video for Hip Hop Music History Philippines, we enlisted two-time hip-hop dance world champion Philippine All-Stars (choreographed by Vince Mendoza “Crazybeans”) to perform the Filipino producer’s 11-track mix Maaliw, which includes classics from Mastaplann, Legit Misfitz, Rapasia, Sun Valley Crew, Francis Magalona, and more.
The mix also includes “Whole Lotta Lovin’ (Remix)” by Francis Magalona, which interpolates “Alapaap” by Eraserheads.
List of tracks:
- Bass Rhyme Posse – Let the Rhythm Flow
- Michael V – Gusto Kong Sumigaw
- Mastaplann – Bring That Loot
- Legit Misfitz – Jabongga
- Francis M – Manila Man
- Sun Valley Crew – Everything Will Be Alright
- Legit Misfitz – Same Game
- Rapasia – Hoy Tsismosa
- Kulay – Get off
- Andrew E – TIPAR
- Francis M – Whole Lotta Lovin’ (Remix)
The music video also features iconic and historic sites in the Philippines, such as Binondo (the oldest Chinatown in the world), Rizal Park (where national hero José Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial army) and the fortified area of the Spanish era of Intramuros. Some of the dancers are also seen wearing the traditional barong tagalog (a formal embroidered long-sleeved shirt for men and a national outfit of the Philippines).
Watch the history of hip-hop music in the Philippines (dance video) below: