Skarm is more than a FlipTop freestyler

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Skarm performing during the Malasimbo Festival 2017. Photo by Tristan Tamayo

To loyalists of the rap battle conference FlipTop, Skarm, or Philip Pacheco, is known for his lyrical flow and consistency. He’s also regarded as one of the best local freestylers in the English language today. But recently, the 27-year-old decided to conquer the music scene more than the underground. For this, he struggled to detach himself from his rap battle days and reintroduced Skarm as a musician.

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Ang Bandang Shirley shares their favorite lyrics from their latest album “Favorite”

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We had a sitdown with members of Ang Bandang Shirley days before the launch of their latest album Favorite at Blue Bay Walk in Pasig City. We asked Owel, Enzo, Selena, Ean, Joe, Zig and Kathy to share their favorite Favorite lyrics. From the most random to the most heartbreaking, here’s a peek of what you can expect from their 14-track album, devoid of music and context (for now).

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What Beyoncé’s Grammy performance means, and why she deserves to win The Album of the Year award

Beyoncé has once again empowered her legion and shook the rest of the world with a simulating performance during the latest GRAMMY Awards. Nonetheless, as any other famous personality, the pregnant queen is not immune to criticism, drawing hateful comments that spring from the nature of her number.

“Was she trying to be the Virgin Mary? Does she really think she’s that famous to wear a headpiece made for the gods?”

Here’s a peek:

 

But what does the whole concept actually mean? Well check this.

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A Different Kind of Lust

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“If words are the language of man, music is the language of God and spirits. To me, music is the universal truth.”

Listen to LUSTBASS’ track “Vital Transformation,” and you’ll be tempted to believe that maybe, music really is a passage to something spiritual. It makes sense that this is the philosophy the musician adheres to, who is so adept at translating his thoughts to the physical world through sounds.

Doing music since his early childhood, LUSTBASS has assumed different names and has associated himself with different bands through the years: He was Villain when he was still into punk/rock, he’s a bass player for bands Wilderness and Chocolate Grass, a sound designer for imagineer company Migo, and above all, a music producer for various artists.

Having delved into almost all aspects of the music industry, it’s curious how Allan Malabanan, the man behind all these personas, has not gotten the fame yet he deserves. Aside from the music circle from which Malabanan has gained respect, only a few seem to know and appreciate the kind of music he creates.

But why?

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The unapologetic philosophy of Jess Connelly

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When I met Jessica Connelly in an isolated office somewhere in Magallanes, she was the same person I exactly imagined from her Instagram feed. Her hair brushed up, her face contoured but not heavily made up, with just the right shade of rose gold painted on her lips. She was wearing a shirt thrice the normal size for her built, the word ‘dime’ written on it. It was partnered with baggy pants, high-cut pink Converse sneakers, and a Gucci clutch bag with a strap.

It was clearly an unflattering outfit, and may look distasteful for some, but with Connelly’s face and confidence, the whole ensemble weirdly, just, fits.

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The alternate universe of Bruno Mars

24K Magic is the time machine we need

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Just recently, Bruno Mars appeared in ‘60 Minutes’ and talked about his childhood in Hawaii. Before becoming the local “Little Elvis” and the three-time Superbowl performer, the 31-year-old singer revealed that him and his family were homeless at one point. It was a phase in his life that even most of his friends don’t know. When the bird zoo called “Paradise Park” closed down, they lived in a one-room building inside it where they shared one bed. The building doesn’t even have a bathroom.

At one point during the interview, the host asked him, “happy memories?” to which Mars answered, “the best.”

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Accepting Drake’s pop star career (It’s not easy for some people)

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During Drake’s 30th born day, he released four new songs on a special episode of OVO Sound Radio including “Fake Love.” It took me a while to figure out that all those singing in the new track were all Drake, even that guy belting “hoping they could take my pleeeeheeeys” was actually Drake. Like that was really Drake exploring his vocal range. That was Drake crooning a little bit.

To be honest, I wasn’t too keen on giving it a listen at first. It’s been apparent that the Canadian hero has set his eyes on the money more than anything else, and has been producing radio staples by the hour. Since Views, Drake has become a little too underwhelming for me, and I figured any song that will come after that will be another pop hit with the same old themes — women, fame, success, the 6.

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A sisterhood, not a clique, made by ‘Joanne’

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There are so many things to remember about Lady Gaga’s concert in the Philippines during 2012 — the red meat dress and the human meat grinder prop, the prosthetics-filled face, the perfectly synced dancers, the club-feel of everything down to the crowd where some of them donned actual wood in their concert outfits.

But what stood out the most, at least for me, is Lady Gaga singing “Hair,” stripped off the beats and accompanied only by a lone piano. Before that, she drowned the Mall of Asia arena with a “love speech” meant for the protesters outside, requesting that the concert be stopped for having a “bad influence on the youth.” Those were the days when Lady Gaga’s song were entitled “Black Jesus + Amen Fashion,” “Bloody Mary,” and “Judas.” With one leg up a stool, she said the most inspiring things about embracing individuality and loving one’s self — a staple theme in her music.

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Frank Ocean’s Blonde only grows more beautiful through time

In between somber lines and poetic verses, in the middle of it all, is a storytelling of emotions so relatable and mundane — love, nostalgia, remorse — by a 28-year-old caught in the same dilemma as any of us.

I care for you still and I will forever
That was my part of the deal, honest
We got so familiar
Spending each day of the year, White Ferrari

Maybe it is this bluntness that makes Frank Ocean’s music so compelling. There is always difficulty in elevating something as commonplace as one’s angst to society or one’s expectations in relationships into art, but his music is easy to appreciate knowing where he’s coming from. His songs are as organic as his tumblr posts, his vocals as raw as his emotions.

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