The one and only Makata Sa Pinas Gloc-9 recently released yet another single this May! This new song is called "Kumpisal", the Filipino rap icon’s third release for his Pilak album in celebration of his 25th anniversary in the Philippine music industry. Joining him in this string-fueled and vibrant collaboration is Skusta Clee, who’s undoubtedly one of the most popular rap artists on the OPM scene today. The track is currently #1 Trending for Music on YouTube with over 1.1 million views in five days.
Written and composed by Gloc-9 with musical arrangement, mixed, and mastered by Thyro Alfaro, "Kumpisal" looks into the dynamics of the Catholic sacrament of confession from the perspective of a confessee.
The lyrics? It’s classic Gloc-9 in his prime that you’ve always loved — bathed in cryptic word play and ethereally anthemic that even this mundane topic can transform into a poetic masterpiece. Gloc-9 said that he already wrote different songs on various topics, but releasing a song about religion and spirituality? Not yet. Thus, this song was carefully crafted and was made possible this year.
In a recent press conference to promote the song. Gloc 9 shared how the collaboration came about. "Matagal ko na ding gustong gumawa ng song with Skusta. Matagal ko nang nabuo yung hook part before ko pa siya upuan and tapusin. Hindi ko din ma-explain, pero masaya ako na nasulat ko 'tong kanta na 'to kasi nung natapos na namin siya 'dun ko lang na-realize na nakagawa ako ng praise or religious-themed song. Isa 'yan talaga sa mga gusto kong gawin before, 'di ko lang mahanapan ng tamang reason and oras para gawin 'yun. Ginagawa ko pa lang itong song si Skusta na yung nai-imagine kong collab."
"Matagal ko nang gustong gumawa ng ganung klaseng kanta, pero 'di ko pa alam kung paano sisimulan," Skusta Clee added. "Hindi ko din alam kung nasa tama bang sitwasyon para simulan. Wala talaga kaming usapan ni Sir Gloc kung anong topic ng song. So nung napakinggan ko na yung demo na meron nang hook, heto na yun, wala na kong gustong idagdag or bawasan, binago ko na lang yung mga variations kung paano ako gumawa ng melody."
When asked what it was like collaborating with both Skusta Clee and Youmeus MNL for the music video, Gloc only had kind words to say. "Naniniwala kasi ako na kapag ang intensyon mo sa kanta ay tama, hahanapin mo sa kanta kung kanino bagay. The right song finds the right person. 'Yun talaga eh. Sobrang tagal ko nang gumagawa ng songs. Sabi ko kay Daryl (Skusta), hindi ka na matatanggal sa song na 'to kasi nakamarka ka na sa 'kin. Mahal na mahal ko 'tong kanta na 'to. Regardless kung anuman ang interpretation ng kahit na sinong tao, ako'y proud na nasulat ko ang kantang 'to. Sobrang gaan lang katrabaho si Skusta, parang hindi kami nagshu-shoot ng music video. Especially with Youmeus MNL, para lang kaming naglalaro lang."
"Tuwing nag-uusap kami ni Sir Gloc sa chat, laging may kilig. Sobrang gaan, walang pressure kapag nagshu-shoot, sobrang bilis niya natatapos. Bukod sa pagiging magaang nung ginagawa natin, sobrang malaking karangalan pa din sa 'kin na na-collab ko ang nag-iisang Gloc 9," Skusta added.
Joining the veteran hip-hop superstar in this latest endeavor is Skusta Clee and this the second time that these two rap idols have collaborated. Their first pairing was in Skusta Clee's single "Karma" wherein Gloc-9 wrote the rap part. Its official music video released last November 2021 now has over 27 million views on YouTube and even reached #1 Trending For Music.
An official music video for “Kumpisal” is released alongside the single. The zany visual directed by Kirby Balagtas of YouMeUs MNL was shot inside a church with guest appearances by Shanti Dope, DJ Klumcee and Hellmerry.
Prior to this release, Gloc-9 was able to drop singles “Paliwanag” with Yeng Constantino and the title track “Pilak” as part of his 25th anniversary album. Check out "Kumpisal" on your favorite music streaming platforms.
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