When it rains, it pours for Ex Battalion

Published March 28, 2018, 8:59 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Now a phenomenal rap group, Ex Battalion is going big time even more with their latest endorsement for Frontrow.

Ex-Battalion with RS Francisco and Ai Ai delas Alas (Photo from Glenn Regondola's Facebook account) /mb.com.ph
Ex Battalion with RS Francisco and Ai Ai delas Alas (Photo from Glenn Regondola’s Facebook account)

The company president and founder RS Franciso related how he discovered the group.

“Dati ko pa sila gusto. Pinapakinggan na namin ang songs nila kapag nagro-roadtrip kami ng Chicser. Parati nila pine-play ‘yan, dumidikit na nga sa tenga ko, nananaginip na ako ng ‘Hayaan Mo Sila.’

“At the time, 21 million hits ang video nila. Noon pa ‘yan, ha. Now, it is 40 million hits. Sabi ko talaga, kailangan kaming mag-join forces.”

Ex Battalion is also in-demand in the live performance circuit.

“Pinakita ni Ai Ai (de las Alas, manager) ang schedule nila, sabi ko, ‘Paano ako sisingit dito?’ Talagang punung-puno,” he recalled.

His future plans for them include shooting music videos abroad and mounting concerts.

“Ang gusto ko nga diyan, sinabi ko kay Ai Ai, shoot natin ang music video sa Korea or out of the country. I wanna bring them abroad. Isang eksena i-shoot natin sa Thailand, isang eksena sa Canada, sa Australia. Madali lang ‘yun, walang problema.

“Alam namin na kilala na sila not just in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao but also worldwide. Nu’ng nasa America ako at kausap ko ang mga Filipino, ang pinapakinggan nila ay ‘Hayaan Mo Sila.’ I was excited to make them kuwento na soon magiging Frontrow na rin sila. Ang sabi ko kay Ai Ai, bakit hindi tayo mag-concert abroad kasi we have branches in Dubai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi. ‘Yun ang gusto ko.”

That said, Flow G related their birth pains as they shot their music videos.

“Excited kami doon sa iba’t ibang bansa mag-shoot kasi suki po kami sa BGC. ‘Yan po talaga ang location namin. At hindi po basta-basta pagsu-shoot doon. Meron pong kasama na pagtataboy ng guwardya. ‘Wag kayo dito.’ ‘Hindi, school project lang po.’ Siguro napapanood na nila kami. (At siguro ang nasabi na lang nila ay) ‘Ang ganda ng project nila sa school, ha’,” he said.

Echoing the sentiment, MC Rhenn said, “Siyempre, excited kasi hindi pa namin nagagawang mag-shoot sa ganoon klaseng lugar. Parang bagong stage ito ng career namin. Masaya kami sa tinatakbo ng career namin ngayon.”

Impressed

RS asked the group to write a song for Frontrow and he was amazed at how fast they finished the lyrics.

“Punta kami doon sa studio sa bahay. ‘O, ano, kumusta na ang sinulat ninyo?’ Gumawa sila ng notes. It took them 30 minutes. Akala ko nagte-text. Tinanong nila ako, ‘Ano pa ba ang mission and vision niyo?’ ‘Ito ang kuwento.’ Para lang silang naglalaro ng ‘Unlock Me.’

“Sabi ko pa kay Flow G, ‘Kain muna tayo. Ano gusto mo kainin?’ ‘Chicken wings.’ Tapos nag-order na ako. Hindi sila kumain. Tapos after 30 minutes, sinulat na nila ang lyrics. Napakaganda! That’s how genius they are. In 30 minutes, sinulat na nila. Kanya-kanya silang sulat, eh,” he shared.

In the course of the interview, the members of Ex Battalion revealed they were not expecting the popularity of “Hayaan Mo Sila.”

Well, why did it click, we asked.

“Siguro ‘yung pagiging catchy ng chorus ng kanta. At sa ‘yung mga rappers kasi dati, ‘yung mga old school rappers puro boom bop sila, eh,” Skusta Clee explained.

“‘Yung ginagawa namin ngayon medyo pang-sayaw, medyo nakakakiliti sa tenga, mas madaling makabisado ng masa. Nilagyan namin ng ibang flavor ‘yung hiphop sa ‘Pinas,” he added.

For Flow G, what sets them apart from other rap groups is their ability to deliver songs with a twist.

“Lumihis kami nang konti doon sa tradition na hip hop. Parang binigyan namin ng twist ‘yung melody. Saka ‘yung relevance nu’ng nangyayari sa amin ‘yun ‘yung nakuha namin.”

 
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