HipHopDX Asia conducts its worldwide premiere of the first-of-its-kind cypher project “The Regionals” today (September 2) with its first installment, “The Regionals: Philippines.”

The project brings together some of the biggest and rising hip hop stars in Asia together with critically-acclaimed producers from the West, with three editions produced for the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taipei this year.

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“The Regionals: Philippines” features rap stars JRLDM, Arkho, Mhot, Jon Protege, and Loonie going in on an !llmind beat exclusively produced for the project. The five rappers tag team in a track that highlights the cultural, linguistic, and social impact of the local hip hop scene, with verses in Tagalog, Bisaya, and English.

Filipino cultural references are also sprinkled in the track, such as Loonie’s tribute to Filipino rap OG Francis Magalona, who passed away in 2009. Francis Magalona, also lovingly referred to as “Kiko” (a Filipino nickname for Francis), is credited as one of the most influential personas in shaping Filipino hip hop. Loonie raps, “Salamat Kuya Kiko, kami nang bahala muna rito” (Thank you Kuya [an honorific for ‘older brother’] Kiko, we’ll take care of things here).

The Taipei and Vietnam editions of “The Regionals” are slated to release on September 23 and 30, respectively. Follow HipHopDX Asia for more updates and exclusive features on the project’s artists and producers.

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Watch the premiere of “The Regionals: Philippines” here:

Listen to “The Regionals: Philippines” on Spotify here:

Lyrics:

JRLDM: 
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Tignan mo sila iyak pre
Di nila to kayang tangke
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Libong gasolina to
Limusin tang*** mo
Dati parang malabong sabaw to pre nung hinalo eh parang watusi one two three
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Binibilang sa daliri kung ilan na bang iniwan kong wack don pre kase
Look me into my eyeball di yung tipikal mong idol
I can rap shit sing shit mix shit sample
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Tinanong ako ni ankol pinasagot ko ay rifle
pinutukan mala Johnny Sin ang magasin koy yagbol
619 ang hatol
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Misteryoso rumamble
Mga feeling kartel
Habol ng habol sa clout
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Kahit na mag mukhang clown
Tanginang mga mukha yan kala mo kayang kumalabit talaga pagka binabaan mo
naman ng isa
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Sheeshh grr pow
Kala mo yata di koto kaya
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Jon Protege: 
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Momma I love you but I’m on the come up
I put that on my brother
Fuck the fame but I aimed for the moon
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And landed on a star but just some
Rulers in our own right
If your dreams are big enough—won’t happen overnight
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Hoping my soul isn’t crushed under the weight of mine
If my shoulders can’t lift them up
Trying to shoot my shot, sweep them off their feet
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They gon’ let you down easy
Gotta have faith in yourself ‘cause unless you believe
You deserve it you might never make it off them streets
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This language made me a black sheep
They said just make fire then pour gasoline
I’ve got enemies in the government
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No beef in the rap scene
Every verse is special
Documented my lessons ever since that first demo
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But used to fear how they’d judge me
If this third world was all I’d ever known
Let the sun set on my dark days
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Lost battles, never lost faith
So much on my plate you might find me
Some place faraway with some tropical haze
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For my mental health, see through my lens
I just search for the right song
Kill my ego dead, leave the timing up to god
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‘till he turns my mic off
Feeling like Andre with these sixteens
So when that album drop better king me
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Lived through all the pain, check my self-esteem
‘cause I don’t fuck with pride if it’s skin deep
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Arkho: 
Killer ni sa mic
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I just do it murag Nike
Rap game ako wifey
Dem haters wanna doubt
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Cz dili nila ma do akong na do
Gamay pero solido ako crew
Turn that beef into a mill lata na Stew
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Permanenting ga ubo’g Gorilla Glue
Tribu Bisaya gold chains
Bawala mo taya gikan ni
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Sa silong ma ala ala mo kaya
Tabang mo mga kagang
Check bag naka labang
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Bara pay gi atubang
Tabang mo mga kagang
Check ba’g naka labang
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Bara pay gi atubang
I wish I have fears
I wish I had tears
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But no pain no glory
No struggle no story
When I kill no sorry
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I Go pro 360 basa
Mga panti bilin tulo ka pusti
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Mhot: 
Yah! mahusay umestima, sa pagsulat ay dedikado
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Nang sa eksenang to, gamit letra ko, maging prominente pa
Sa bansang arkipelago, representa ko lagi Etivac
Ngayon ang plaka mala-tektonika, hmm, pang-kontinente na
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Basta, sa gitgitan na nahubog, usad man na manaka-naka
Kalmado lang pag nasa baba, pagka sumasampa rat-a-tat
Aakalaing bulkan na tulog, di mo tantsado ang babala
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Magma-lalim na kulo sa loob, binubuga lang kapag lava’n na!
Mapanlinlang ang mukhang parang di pa malinaw ang muwang
Nagliligalig lang sa twing mga salita ang napagdidiskitahang laruan
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Di pangkaraniwang natural, kahit pa maging popular payuko ang lakad
San man tumayo paa sa lupa habang
Sa noo nakataob ang kadaupang-palad
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Daming gumegeng-geng dyan, mas pinili ko sumimple parang umeednis lang
Mata na singkit samantalang lintek ang tapang mala-Genghis Khan
Galing sa Asya, gamit sariling wika nais
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Magpakikilala’t
Maibalandra sa iba’t-ibang lahi na parang embahada, ahh!
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Loonie: 
Di nila ito inakala
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Lima sa mga pinakamatitikas at bihasa sa Pilipinas ay pinagsama sama
Pinagpala na makabilang sa mga hinirang na pinasahan sa bagsakan na mas
makasaysayan pa sa misa sa Limasawa
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Hip-hop ay inasawa, miski minsan ay di nagsawa
Naging tapat maging salat man o sagana, iisa ang kinasama
Di na sana pinaasa kung di naman pala tinadhana
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Pinagana ko ang utak nung ang puso’y di na kinakaya
Dalawang dekadang trabaho dalawampung taon ang tiniis ko
Loonie ano gagawin mo pag di ka na patok sa Pilipino?
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Kahit pa ako ay magretiro di magtatapos ang benepisyo
Dahil ano pa man ang mauso, di malalaos ang lirisismo
Kung usapan ay ambagan aba iho
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Lagpas ng daang libo ang hawak kong resibo
Sinubukang palubugin ng mga katunggali ko
Buti na lamang ako ay naka submarino
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Sa aklat ng mga alamat nakarehistro
Basbasado na parang si Kristo
Pangarap ko’y nahanap ko na mismo
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Salamat Kuya Kiko kami nang bahala muna rito