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Abra (rapper)

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Abra
Birth name Raymond Abracosa
Born Pasig City[citation needed]
Genres Hip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, musician, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present (as a solo artist)
Labels Artifice Records
Ivory Music & Video
Associated acts Lyrically Deranged Poets
Gloc-9
Loonie
Ron Henley
Smugglaz
Zaito
Quest
Vice Ganda
Shehyee
Jireh Lim
Bassilyo
Website Abra on Facebook
Abra on Twitter
Abra's channel on YouTube

Raymond Abracosa, better known as Abra, is a Filipino hip hop artist and occasional actor.[1] He gained popularity in his song "Gayuma" ("Love Potion"). The music video for the song shows Abra being given a potion only to realize that his love interest is in fact a transgender. When the video reached more than 26 million views on YouTube, it was hailed as the highest number generated by any local artist.[2]

Career[edit]

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 and Sunugan rap battle leagues came about 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.[3] He released his self-titled debut album nationwide on February 21, 2014.[4] He took home the 'Best Music on YouTube Award' for his YouTube Channel called 'Abra TV' at the 2013 Globe Tatt Awards.[5][6] On March 29, he collaborated with Maja Salvador for the song "Halika Na" on her debut album Believe.[7]

The music video "Cerberus"- featuring Loonie& Ron Henley under the direction of Willan Rivera won MYX Philippines Best Music Video Award of 2016.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

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

Group albums[edit]

  • The Project (with Lyrically Deranged Poets) (2009)[3]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

  • "Halika Na" – Maja Salvador
  • "Mine" – Pow Chaves
  • "Tanyag" – Loonie
  • "Halik sa Hangin" – Ebe Dancel
  • "Gurl" – Father

Television and media appearances[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Gayuma" (feat. Thyro Alfaro & Jeriko Aguilar; September 2012)
  • "Abrakadabra"
  • "Ilusyon" (feat. Arci Munoz; 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fliptop rapper taps Vice Ganda for new single". ABS-CBN News. March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "20M Hits on YOUTUBE: ABRA sets a high bar". PhilippineShowbizNews.com. March 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Abra, Artifice Records sign up with Ivory Music & Video". The Philippine Star. June 10, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Abra releases debut album". 16 March 2014. The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Abra TV". Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Globe Tatt Awards 2013 Winners List Revealed. Philnews.ph (2013-07-06). Retrieved on 2015-09-01.
  7. ^ "Maja Salvador: 'Believe and it will happen'". 29 March 2014. Manila Times. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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