Sources say the Philippines is the first country in Asia to have had the first hip-hop music scene.
History-wise, hip-hop music is just one of the many influences left us by the Americans.
Decade by decade, Pinoy rap kept on evolving.
The birth of Filipino hip-hop music or Pinoy Rap came in the early 1980s. It was also the time Pinoy rap entered the mainstream.
The 90s, was considered the golden age of Rap due to the presence of many rapid stylistic innovations.
In 2000s, rap artists started to release both albums and music videos.
After another decade, there came rap battles, particluarly Fliptop.
Since then, a lot of rap artists and groups rose to prominence because of their talents and influences.
While we can list down hundreds of names, we have just selected five that absolutely made marks, not just in the local music scene but in each life of every OPM (Original Pinoy Music) fan.
The late Francis Magalona released the first ever mainstream rap album Yo!, which included the nationalistic hit "Mga Kababayan." He became an instant superstar and the first rap icon in the Philippines.
From being a Los Angeles-based DJ to an icon. Andrew E. (Andrew Espiritu), in 1990s, released monster hits including "Humanap Ka Ng Pangit." His ability to combine unique storytelling with raunchy and humorous wordplay laced with catchy beats made him the first of his kind in the genre.
Who could not sing to the beat of "S2pid Luv?" Salbakuta -- comprised of Mad-Killah, Vendetta, Charlie Mack, and the late Nasty Mack -- released such hit in the early 2000s, alongside with their other rap + love songs.
Aristotle Pollisco or Gloc-9, through his fast-flowing vocal style, became one of the most successful hip-hop artists in the Philippines. Francis M. actually described him as "blacksmith of words and letters, and a true Filipino poet." He popularized rap songs tackling social issues.
Abra, Raymond Abracosa in real life, is a product of the rap battle league Fliptop. He then released "Gayuma," which is part of his self-titled debut album. When "Gayuma" music video reached more than 26 million views on YouTube, it was hailed as the highest number generated by any local artist.
Can you also name any Pinoy rap artist/group that has made a mark in your life? Comment below!