Shanti Dope, Flow G and more join Gloc-9’s new 44 Bars Rap Challenge

The winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to collaborate with Gloc-9

Shanti Dope, Flow G and more Filipino rap stars have joined the latest 44 Bars Rap Challenge by Gloc-9.

This is Gloc-9’s second 44 Bars Rap Challenge, following its successful first run last year. The winner of this year’s competition, held in collaboration with clothing brand Tribal Gear, will receive a PHP100,000 cash prize and a chance to collaborate with Gloc-9 himself. Entry is now open until May 19, with the winners being announced on May 31.

Both prominent and aspiring talents in the Filipino hip-hop scene have tried their hand at freestyling over a beat produced by Goodson Hellabad and Gloc-9 and sharing their attempts for public viewing.

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In his entry, Shanti Dope chose to rap about striving for the success that he dreamed of – and how it has paid off. “Akala ko dati hindi ko ‘to kaya sa murang edad / Sa bigat ng pasanin, akala ko, hindi na makakalipad / Hindi sinukuan hanggang natutunan na kaya lahat / Abutin ang mga pangarap anuman ang pagsubok na makatapat,” he rapped: “I thought my younger self couldn’t do it / I thought I wouldn’t be able to succeed with all the challenges / But I didn’t give up until I learned everything / I kept on reaching for my dreams, no matter the obstacles I faced.”

Flow G, who also participated in last year’s challenge, has raked in more than 160,000 views with his video in less than a day since its release. The rapper expressed the joys of his music journey, dropping inspiring lines throughout the track. “Alam kong pahirapan ang makapanhik / Kaso nga lang, ‘yung tulad kong makulit / Naglakad pa rin ng pagapang / Ngayon, hindi ko na bilang ang napuntahan / Ang saya ng byahe,” he declared: “I know the climb is not an easy path / But for a persistent person like me / I still walked on / Now, I can’t count the places I’ve reached / It’s been a fun journey.”

Other hip-hop artists who have put out their own freestyles include Karayom, Sparo, REN, Kritiko, ZJAY and last year’s 44 Bars winner Hero. Watch Karayom’s freestyle clip below.

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Last year’s ‘44 Bars Rap Challenge’ was held in June 2021 and received a total of 430 entries, per Lifted Asia. Participating rappers included FLOW G, Omar Baliw, Geo Ong and Pio Balbuena.

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