We’re halfway through the week, and while we’re gearing up for upcoming Friday releases, including a collaborative joint from Twopee, Thaitanium’s Khan, FIIXD, and CN; the Jackson Wang-led PANTHAPACK; Hyuna and Dawn’s first joint EP; and more, here are some of the latest hip hop and R&B singles from Asia this week so far.
Guddhist Gunatita & Youngwise – “PAPARATING”; “Day Dreaming” (with Trvmata)
1096 Gang’s Guddhist Gunatita and Youngwise dropped back-to-back music videos this week. The two first advocates for self-care in the laidback cut of the Allan Bantilan-produced “PAPARATING” (Incoming) on September 3. A day after, they dropped “Day Dreaming” (prod. Macky Llaneta) alongside frequent collaborator Trvmata, where the trio reminisces on pre-pandemic times
Guddhist most recently shared the balmy visual for “Manindigan” (ft. Trvmata and Lois), his latest solo effort following his 2021 standalone album, Metamorphosis.
Watch the HipHopDX Asia premiere of “IMOUT” by 1096 Gang here. — MG
Peaceful Gemini & DB Tha Girl – “Mariposa”
Peaceful Gemini and DB The Girl team up to celebrate Filipina identity in “Mariposa” (translates to ‘Butterfly’). The single sees the two in the Josh Cesario-helmed visual communing with nature as they embrace and “[reclaim] divinity as women and a Filipina,” according to a press statement.
“Women are worth so much more than what society tells us,” Peaceful Gemini explains. On writing the song, she said, “We allowed time, space, and experience to marinate the song. Three years later, everything just flowed organically into place. Nothing rushed or forced because the process of creating it carried an energy and intention that respected the natural flow.” — MG
SARAN ft. 2hox – “MR.RICHY”
Thai rapper SARAN is unstoppable with yet another new single, “MR.RICHY,” featuring 2hox. The track arrives following a rumor of him being romantically involved with Hypetrain’s SEEDAA THEVILLAIN, according to HIPHOPCULTURE TH.
The SLOWVXNZ-produced track breaks his string of easy-listening loosies. — MG
Because – “7777-2-3”
Filipino rapper Because gets personal about loneliness in his latest single, “7777-2-3.” A warm and melodic tune accompanies the track’s gloomy lyrics. “7777-2-3” is the artist’s first single since the equally somber hit, “Pwedeng Ayusin Natin To?” (Can We Fix This?) with Skusta Clee. — AK
NER – “Body On Me”
Philippines’ NER feels the love in his latest R&B single, “Body On Me,” from his upcoming EP, Ner Vol.1. NER delivers sensual lyrics with a mellow bassline and smooth, catchy hook. He sings, “I just want to wake up baby, by your side / ’cause every time I see you, everything feels so right.” “Body On Me” follows his March 2021 collaborative single “Halika Na” (Let’s Go) with francis. — AK
高爾宣OSN – “Do it all again”
Taiwanese rapper OSN is determined to rise to the top with his latest single, “Do it all again.” The track hears the artist discuss the peaks and troughs of fame and success. He raps, “Listen up my whole life’s a quarantine / All lies 謊言更容易信 / I Get paid, get fucked, I’m a whore indeed” (Listen up my whole life’s a quarantine / All lies, lies are easier to believe / Get paid, get fucked, I’m a whore indeed). This is the rapper’s fourth single from his BYGONES EP, out on September 10. — AK
Nawaj Ansari – “Rakta Kunda”
Nepali rapper-producer Nawaj Ansari’s is unfettered in his latest single, “Rakta Kunda” (Blood Pool). The Jungey-helmed music video sees the rapper performing cult-like rituals as he raps about his place in the Nepali hip hop scene. — AK
Anisha Khemlani contributed to this feature.