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Ex Battalion
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Ex Battalion perform in July 2017; from left to right: Flow-G, Emcee Rhenn, JRoa, Bosx1ne and Skusta Clee
Background information
OriginManila, Philippines
Genres
Years active2016–present
LabelsEx Battalion Music (2016-present)
Viva Records (2018-present)
Associated acts
  • John Roa (previously known as JRoa), O.C. Dawgs, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Panty Droppaz League
MembersSkusta Clee
Flow-G
Brando
Emcee Rhenn
King Badger
Past membersBosx1ne
JRoa

Ex Battalion, normally shortened to Ex B, is a Filipino hip hop collective formed in Manila, Philippines known for the hit singles "Hayaan Mo Sila" (#2 Billboard Philippine Top 20)[1] and "No Games" (#10). The collective was originally formed as a musical group by Bosx1ne, who mostly writes the hooks of each of their songs and Flow-G. Later members included JRoa, Jon Guttierez (who used 'King Badger' as his stage name), Emcee Rhenn, Brando, KentMNL, Bullet-D and Mckoy. The collective gained prominence nationwide after releasing several hit songs. Nowadays, they are dubbed as the most successful mainstream hip-hop collective in the country with a total of over 250 million music video hits on YouTube.[2]

History

On 2012, Ex Battalion was firstly formed and founded by Bosx1ne and rap battle emcees Jekkpot and Cent as a rap battle group, they had joined several barangay rap battles before being into music.[3] On February 2016, the group was formed into a musical group and as a hip hop collective and released their first album entitled "X" on digital platforms. They eventually recruited several artists to join their group after the release. The first three members are former reality talent show participant JRoa, Flow-G and their founder Bosx1ne. JRoa's vocals was featured in the hook of their first single that became their first hit entitled "Kakaiba" that was released on the same month. Rapper Skusta Clee has been associated with the group ever since and has collaborated in most of their singles.[4]

On September 25, 2016, three months after the smash of their first single, they released another single called "No Games".[5] The track's music video was immediately uploaded on YouTube and subsequently became viral.

On December 6, 2016, they released "Tell Me" as their another single featuring social media personality and gravure model Toni Fowler in the track's music video.

On January 2017, the collective scored their first Billboard Philippine Top 20 hit entitled "No Games" which entered the local chart and peaked at number 10 after several weeks.[1]

On November 7, 2017, JRoa announced his intent to leave the group to focus on his solo musical career after releasing just one album in the label and appearing in several songs with the collective. Roa said that the group will still be the same "with or without him". Other members like Flow-G accepted Roa's decision and pledged to support him on his future plans. On the same day, Ex Battalion released another single entitled "Hayaan Mo Sila" (lit. Leave Them Be) along with its official video on YouTube. The track was inspired by DJ Khaled's "I'm the One", and it immediately debuted in the Philippine Top 20 chart at number 5, their second hit single appearing on the chart.[1]

On January 3, 2018, the official music video of "Hayaan Mo Sila" was taken down by YouTube after hitting almost twenty million views due to a copyright claim by the producer of the beat, Diamond Style, who claims that Ex Battalion only purchased a $25 lease which covers up to 2,000 streams and up to 250,000 views only. After the event, speculations swirled online regarding the alleged use of the beat without permission; Ex Battalion explained and admitted that they haven't purchased the exclusive rights of the beat which they only got from the producer's YouTube channel.[6][7] After a few days, it was also removed from streaming services and digital stores. It was eventually restored in the stores including the music video on YouTube, after the issue was resolved two weeks later. Due to the massive attention, the track also rose up the charts, peaking at number 2 on the Philippine Top 20 and at number 10 on the Philippine Hot 100 in just one week. However, Billboard Philippines then ceased from publishing weekly charts.[1]

On March 12, 2018, the collective released their new single entitled "SouthBoys" on YouTube in another collaboration with O.C. Dawgs. The video became the number one trend in the YouTube PH platform several hours after the upload.[8] On March 13, 2018, it is announced that the collective will be handled and managed by Filipino comedian Ai-Ai Delas Alas, who they previously collaborated with in the Delas Alas' track entitled "Walang Pinipili" (lit. Choosing Nobody), after signing a management contract.[9]

Bosx1ne announced his departure from the group on May 9, 2019, citing personal reasons.[10]

Members

Current members

  • Skusta Clee- rapper, singer, songwriter (2016–present, also with O.C. Dawgs)
  • Flow-G - rapper (2016–present)
  • Brando - rapper (2014–present)
  • Emcee Rhenn- rapper (2014–present)
  • King Badger - rapper (2016–present)

Other members

  • Flip-D - producer (2018–present)
  • Jomar Lovena - music video star and director (2017–present)
  • Reid Villavicencio - hypeman and music video star (2017–present)
  • KentMNL - label member/sub-artist, rapper (2017–present)
  • Mckoy - label member/sub-artist, rapper (2014–present)
  • Hudass - label member/artist, rapper (2015–present)
  • Jekkpot - founder, rapper (2012–present)
  • Cent - founder, rapper (2012–present)
  • Yuridope - label member/sub-artist (2018–present)
  • Jnske - label member/artist, rapper (2017–present, also with O.C. Dawgs)
  • Bullet-D - label member/sub-artist, rapper (2017–present, also with O.C. Dawgs)

Former members

  • Bosx1ne – founder, rapper, songwriter (2012–2019)
  • JRoa - singer (2016-2017)

Discography

Singles

Year Song Title
2016 Kakaiba
(feat. JRoa and Skusta Clee)
2016 No Games
(feat. King Badger and Skusta Clee)
2016 Tell Me
2017 Need You
2017 Bootyful
2017 Come With Me
2017 Hayaan Mo Sila
2018 SouthBoys


Albums

Album
Year Album Title Recording label Certification
2016 X Ex Battalion Music N/A

Charts

Chart Performance
Year Title Peak (Philippine Top 20) Peak (Philippine Hot 100)
2016 No Games 10[11] -
2017 Hayaan Mo Sila 2 10

Filmography

Year Film Film Production Notes
2019 Sons of Nanay Sabel (S.O.N.S.) Regal Films Debut film appearance and major movie project

Television

References

  1. ^ a b c d BILLBOARDPH HOT 100
  2. ^ Channel on YouTube
  3. ^ "Ex Battalion: The Freshman Class". Pinoy Hiphop Superstar. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ No Games (feat. King Badger and Skusta Clee) - Single on Apple Music
  6. ^ "Why did YouTube take down Ex Battalion's hit song "Hayaan Mo Sila?"". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Fallore, Renuel. "LOOK: EX BATTALION RELEASES OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING "HAYAAN MO SILA" COPYRIGHT ISSUE!". myx.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ "AiAi delas Alas, may payo sa Ex Battalion". gmanetwork.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Gabinete, Jojo. "Mark Maglasang, aka Bosx1ne, kumalas na sa Ex Battalion". PEP.ph. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Staff, BillboardPH (2017-07-31). "BillboardPH Hot 100 - July 31 - Billboard Philippines". Billboard Philippines. Retrieved 2017-08-02.