From a snobbish music critic's perspective, Ex Battalion was never the sharpest tool in the shed. You don't go to them if you're looking for cult favorites you and only ten other people heard. While the jury's still out on their concert promoter's "As in ang dami na talaga na ang grabe ng clamor sa kanila. So masasabi ko na hindi man sila K-pop, pero parang kapantay na nilang talaga ang ano ng BTS."
But what they're adept at is how adept they are at creating hooks and figuring out how to connect to the most possible number of people and love it. And love them or hate them, one can only respect what this collective has achieved as a group and individually. Skusta Clee, Jekkpot, Honcho, EIJ, Yuridope, Emcee Rhenn, Brando, HuDDasss, Flow G, King Badger, Bullet D, JNSKE, and former prodigal sibling JRoa took the proverbial bow at the end of 2021 and staged their major digital concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
With that being said, we take a look at the singles Ex B released in 2021, plus some of the best from the two most central figures in the unit in 2021 - Skusta Clee and Flow G.
"Yearly" - Ex Battalion
A piercing and elaborately structured diss track.
"Ibong Adarna" - Flow G feat. Gloc 9
A modern retelling of the traditional folk story.
Yes, it's a fair observation that it does have a striking resemblance to "Officially Missing You", but more than that it's Skusta's more heartwarming tune dedicated to his newborn baby.
"G Wolf" - Flow G
The winding string loops are fire! Archie Dela Cruz closes his diss track series with this banger. It's also noteworthy that Flow G mentioning the rhyme schemes that he's doing here is almost like Larry Bird telling his defender where he'll shoot the ball on the deciding play and still makes the shot.
"Karma" - Skusta Clee
The angst-ridden heartbreak song framed in a Michael Jackson-worthy bop.
"ATIN" - Ex Battalion
The aforementioned victory lap of Ex B where all 13 members are showcased.