Last year, Gloc-9 scored big when he released his single Sirena (featuring Ebe Dancel) became a phenomenal hit and a critics’ favorite. Sirena,which tackles the life of gays in a different and inspiring light, also became the favorite collaboration song among the biggest live concert artists like Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Noel Cabangon, among others.
The album Mga Kuwento Ng Makata, which scored a Gold Record award for its outstanding sales, also included the hits Bakit Hindi (with Billy Crawford), Hindi Mo Nadinig (with Jay Durias), among others. The said album was named Album of the Year in the recently-concluded Star Awards for Music.
Gloc-9’s outstanding feat last year is hard to top, but for the rapper’s latest release Liham at Lihim, it is easy to say that indeed the wordsmith has outdone himself in his latest release. In the album, Gloc-9 plays with other possible ways of telling timely stories, but never really talked about.
Magda, the first single to be released from Liham at Lihim and a collaboration with OPM young icon Rico Blanco, is the perfect example of this experimentation, where the storyteller is not the rapper, as it is another persona Ernesto, who has found the girl he had lost in Magda. That he finds the latter as an adult woman, working nights on a stage, with only her shoes on, is all that we know about what Magda does. And while she might be the star of this song, it is Ernesto who speaks for and about her, and Magda’s silence is what fills the rest of the song.
The music video of Magda, featuring Jennylyn Mercado and Alex Medina, instantly entered the MYX Daily only a day after its premiere.
Proof of Gloc-9’s success as a storyteller and recording artist is the phenomenal outpouring of support during Liham at Lihim’s album launch last Saturday, October 26 at the Eastwood Central Plaza, where thousands of fans attended and celebrated the album’s little secrets and letters.
Magda and the rest of Liham at Lihim will prove that songwriting and creativity still make for the songs that are relevant not just because these sound contemporary, but because these engage nation in intelligent conversation.
- Huminahon Ka (featuring Sly Kane)
- Takip Silim (featuring Regine Velasquez-Alcasid)
- KMT (featuring Eunice Jorge of Gracenote)
- Magda (featuring of Rico Blanco)
- Rap Ka Nga
- Kuwento Mo
- Tsinelas sa Putikan (featuring Marc Abaya)
- Siga (featuring Quest)
- Hindi Sapat (featuring Denise Barbacena)
- Katulad Ng Iba (featuring Zia Quizon)
- Kunwari (featuring Kamikazee, Biboy Garcia of Queso and Manuel Legarda of Wolfgang)
- Itak Ni Andres