Mark December 17, 2021 as a historical date in Pinoy hip-hop as current flagbearer Gloc-9 starred and appeared in not just one, not just just two, but three collaborations last Friday!
Back in 2015, Gloc-9 made this post on social media:
It was "Kontrabida", the introductory single of Assembly Generals, a rap collective from Locked Down Entertainment co-founded by Paolo "Switchtrik" Toledo (from defunct left-field hip-hop collective The Mighty Miscellaneous), Deng Garcia (frontwoman of all-female alt-rock band Flying Ipis, who has since been replaced by solo female rapper Nicole "Peaceful Gemini" Leonar), current Sandwich frontman and former Eraserheads drummer Raymund Marasigan, and Team Manila's Raymund Punzalan.
Fast forward to 2021. According to the blurb on the official visualizer: "Ang 'Tablan' ay produkto ng pagsasanib-puwersa nina Gloc9 at ng Assembly Generals. Isang pagsasamang nabuo habang nagba-bike sa UP, at isang kantang nagsimula sa isang simpleng linya: 'Hindi ako tinatablan.' Ang konsepto ay umiikot sa pagkatibay ng loob, pagkatatag, at pagpapatuloy ng sariling galaw, sa gitna ng mga patamang binabato ng buhay - mula sa mga nakakasugat na salita, hangga't sa pagbubugbog sa sarling kumpiyansa."
Then according to Toledo, "Mula doon, nagpadala lang ng beat si Rayms sa amin tapos nagbatuhan lang kami ng chorus ideas and lyrics with Aries (Gloc) hangga't nabuo yung hook. Pero yung mga verse, sabi namin dapat sama -sama at sabay-sabay isulat dun mismo sa studio para mas organic yung feel at mas natural yung batuhan ng mga bara. Kaya ayun, nag-set ng one-day recording kina Rayms tapos nilatag namin yung hook, then nagsalitan kami nina Aries at Nicole sa pagsulat ng mga linya, sabay bitaw sa mic, sabay pasa sa next na magsusulat at bibitaw. On-the-spot lahat. In one session natapos agad yung kanta. Pero ang nagpasaya is yung tawanan, kuwentuhan, at maraming merienda sa gitna ng paglikha. Sobrang karangalan para sa amin na makasulat, at ma-experience yung ganung proseso with Aries. Ang dami rin naming natutunan sa kanya, sa pagsusulat, sa pag-record, at sa mga dinadagdag niya sa kanta na (kahit gano kasimple) nagpapalupit dun sa kabuuan ng tunog at sa paglaglag nung beat."
The song has a foreboding vibe that shows defiance and resilience amidst daunting circumstances.
"Lagi Na Lang" - JRLDM feat. Gloc-9
JRLDM is the boundary-breaking artist embracing emotions.
By his own admission, JRLDM’s music is experimental, teetering between R&B and hip-hop. Raised from a wide range of musical influences across multiple genres, the Filipino artist excels at impactful old-fashioned songcraft and tacit sonic exploration. His chilly voice, paired with minimal, droning instrumentals create an atmosphere that envelops you into a constantly growing space of his own design; sometimes suffocating, sometimes energetic, always passionate. Caught between the catchy trappings of trap and the lingering emotional depth of R&B, JRLDM crafts melodies out of both genres, avoiding being put in a box. Yet at his music’s core is an understanding of human emotion that dwells deep in our collective psyches. His songwriting speaks volumes on his careful articulation to say exactly what we feel, under a dreamy haze.
The stage name JRLDM, a stylized iteration of “Jerald-Damn”, was created from a desire to have listeners say “Damn!” whenever his music is heard. Since embarking on his musical career, he has earned more than two million streams as an independent artist, beginning with his breakout 2019 single “Patiwakal”, followed by “PARASITIKO”, his 2021 collaboration with Lexus. Since then, JRLDM has continued to grow his career further under a record deal and management contract with Music Colony Records and Warner Music Philippines.
“Lagi Na Lang” is the 2nd single from JRLDM’s upcoming album Mood Swing. A special song for JRLDM as this features one of the MCs that influenced him into exploring hip-hop music and try out writing rap songs. This track features one of the pillars of the Philippine Hip-Hop community, Gloc-9. Both writing verses that dwells in the pain and heartaches of loving. It talks about hating love and how one can easily give up from it. The beat was produced by JRLDM and did not stray away from his signature dark, mellow and cinematic style.
Both JRLDM and Gloc-9 hopes that listeners can relate and somehow pick up lessons from the words that they recorded on the track. Giving inspiration to never let go and believe that love can still be worth it despite the pains.