Raymond Abracosa, better known as Abra, is a Filipino hip hop artist and occasional actor.[2] He gained mainstream popularity with his song "Gayuma". When the video reached more than 26 million views on YouTube, it was hailed as the highest number generated by any local artist.[3] Before that, he is a well-known battle emcee in the FlipTop Battle League.

Abra
Birth nameRaymond Abracosa
Born (1990-12-02) December 2, 1990 (age 29)
Pasig, Philippines[1]
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, musician, actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present (as a solo artist)
LabelsArtifice Records
Ivory Music & Video
Associated actsLyrically Deranged Poets
WebsiteAbra on Facebook

CareerEdit

His career started as a member of Pinoy hip hop group Lyrically Deranged Poets (LDP) in 2010. He joined the Fliptop Battle League as Abra. They released their independent debut album The Project in 2009 and had their first major concert at the legendary Music Museum in 2010. LDP was awarded Best Urban Group at both the 2010 and 2011 Urban Music Awards, among other nominations.[citation needed] In 2011, LDP was granted TV air time on myx for the music video of their song "Here to Own It", which was able to enter the charts. He is also a major icon in the Fliptop battle league as well as a co-host on PTV 4's show iConnect.

When the FlipTop Battle League and Sunugan rap battle leagues started out in 2010, Abra was one of the first battle emcees to compete and gradually make a name for himself. After a couple of intense rap battles, Abra has been considered as one of the heavyweights in Filipino rap battling. Using his compelling lyrical style coupled with witty antics, he is able to impress viewers and artists alike; and has YouTube videos that have amassed millions of views. It did not take long until Abra was able to perform on live television, radio shows and various events across the country.

In 2013, Abra and his label Artifice Records signed a major distribution deal with Ivory Music & Video.[4] He released his self-titled debut album nationwide on February 21, 2014.[5] He took home the 'Best Music on YouTube Award' for his YouTube Channel called 'Abra TV' at the 2013 Globe Tatt Awards.[6][7] On March 29, he collaborated with Maja Salvador for the song "Halika Na" on her debut album Believe.[8]

The music video for his single "Cerberus", featuring Loonie and Ron Henley under the direction of Willan Rivera, won the Best Music Video Award at the Myx Music Awards 2016.[9]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Abra – self-titled album (released nationwide February 21, 2014)

Group albumsEdit

  • The Project (with Lyrically Deranged Poets) (2009)[4]

Extended playsEdit

  • Hendrix EP (2018)

Compilation albumsEdit

SinglesEdit

As featured artistEdit

  • "Isang Jeep" - Loonie (with Hiphop22)
  • "Halika Na" – Maja Salvador
  • "Mine" – Pow Chaves
  • "Tanyag" – Loonie
  • "Halik sa Hangin" – Ebe Dancel
  • "Gurl" – Father
  • "Peque"- Apekz (with Mikerapphone)

Television and media appearancesEdit

TelevisionEdit

FilmEdit

Music videosEdit

  • "Gayuma" (feat. Thyro Alfaro & Jeriko Aguilar; September 2012)
  • "Abrakadabra"
  • "Ilusyon" (feat. Arci Muñoz; July 2013)
  • "Alab ng Puso" (Juan dela Cruz OST)
  • "Rejoice Haba ng Hair" (for Rejoice commercial)
  • "Rejoice Ikaw na ang Malupit" (for Rejoice commercial)
  • "WonderfulXmasTime"
  • "Midas" (feat. Jaq Dionisio – Boy Golden OST)
  • "Sanib Puwersa" (feat. Raimund Marasigan, for Colt 45 commercial)
  • "Dedma" (feat. Julie Anne San Jose; October 2014)
  • "Diwata" (feat. Chito Miranda; December 2014)
  • "Cerberus" (feat. Ron Henley & Loonie; September 2015)
  • "Bolang Kristal" (feat. KZ Tandingan; March 2016)
  • "Peque" (by Apekz, with Mikerapphone; Jan 13, 2018)

AccoladesEdit

Year Ceremony Award Result
2016 Myx Music Awards 2016 Best Music Video – "Cerberus" feat. Loonie and Ron Henley, directed by Wilan Rivera[9] Won
2019 4th Wish 107.5 FM Music Awards Wishclusive Hip-hop Performance of the Year – "Taya"[10] Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Six things you didn't know about rapper Abra". GMA News Online. April 10, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Fliptop rapper taps Vice Ganda for new single". ABS-CBN News. March 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "20M Hits on YOUTUBE: ABRA sets a high bar". PhilippineShowbizNews.com. March 26, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Abra, Artifice Records sign up with Ivory Music & Video". The Philippine Star. June 10, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Abra releases debut album". 16 March 2014. The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Abra TV". Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Globe Tatt Awards 2013 Winners List Revealed. Philnews.ph (2013-07-06). Retrieved on 2015-09-01.
  8. ^ "Maja Salvador: 'Believe and it will happen'". 29 March 2014. Manila Times. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "FULL LIST: Winners, Myx Music Awards 2016". Rappler. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "The 4th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Nominees, New Categories, and More". Wish 107.5. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.

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