Hip-hop group Stick Figgas dropped its Realistick album early this year. The album was released under music label, MCA Music Inc (Universal Music Philippines).
The nine-track album features fan favorites such as “Lamanloob,” “Mukha ng Pera,” a new version of “Nandito Lang Ako,” and its latest viral track “Ubasan.”
From Stick Figgas’ first album, Critical Condition— which was recorded back when the group was still a duo —to their new album, Realistick, the group has since expanded into a solid group of eight. It is now composed of members Loonie, Ron Heley, and Kat Agarrado on vocals, JC Sebastian on guitar, Tuts Calinawan on bass, Macky Brillantes on drums, Bboy Garcia on turntables, and Nikki Cabardo on keyboard.
When asked what it’s like to have so many members in a group, they jokingly said, “Mahirap dahil hintayan sa schedule. It’s challenging and you need to have a lot of patience and commitment, not to mention strong friendship.”
Kidding aside, one member said, “Pag mag-isa ka lang, mas mabilis ka makakarating. Pero pag marami kayo, mas malayo ang mararating.”
True enough, the album, Realistick is proof that Stick Figgas will indeed go far as a group. From the album name itself, Stick Figgas hit the nail with their hard hitting yet smooth flowing tracks that tackle both light and heavy real life experiences of them as artists, people, and Filipinos.
“Nakukuha namin ‘yan sa mga [pangkaraniwan] namin na karanasan sa buhay. Terms na ginagamit namin tuwing nag ja-jam kami, mga jokes, at mga seryosong bagay,” a member of the group said when asked where they got their inspiration for the album.
They also take the time to write songs inspired by one another, which is where they got their inspiration from when they wrote the track, “Ubasan”.
“Of course, the group’s humor and funny side would always come out but deadline is our true inspiration,” another said in jest.
Stick Figgas is signed under MCA Music Inc (Universal Music Philippines), the local label whose international counterpart is home to international artists Eminem, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. On the other hand, MCA is also home to local artists like Gabby Alipe, Pupil, and Autotelic.
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