Catch Shanti Dope live at CORE Night Club! He’ll be releasing the music video for “Nadarang” on February 13.

The Future of Filipino Hip-Hop

At only 16 years old, Shanti Dope has already caught the ears of the Filipino hip-hop community. The son of a Krishna Consciousness practitioner, his moniker–Shanti meaning “peace” in Sanskrit–falls around the meaning of “Peace is my natural drug.” He started off writing verses in 2013 after being influenced by the likes of Smugglaz, Loonie, Ron Henley, and Gloc-9. Their wordplay, context, rhymes, and narratives shaped the sound of his 2017 EP under Universal Records.

Many expect his tracks to revolve around what typical 16-year olds think about: girls, parties, and other kinds of debauchery. Shanti Dope pulls himself out of that narrative with his music, however, as he vocalizes his concerns of injustice and equality, and the state of the the country. He’s currently being mentored by his long-time icon Gloc-9. Their relationship is proving to be more than helpful; Shanti Dope’s “Materyal” EP carried tracks that entered Spotify PH’s Top 50 Viral Chart. “Nadarang”, the lead single, reached number one while “Materyal”, “Shantidope”, and “Norem” entered at number 10, 15, and 50 respectively.

“Nadarang” Music Video

Drop by CORE Night Club tomorrow, February 13, for the music video release of “Nadarang”. Loonie, Ron Henley, and Gloc-9 will be opening for Shanti while DJs Marc Marasigan, X-Factor, David Ardiente, and MC Victor Pring are on closing duties. Doors open 9:00PM. Contact 0915 1840 348 for inquiries and table reservations. Entrance is free!

Are you ready to witness the future of Filipino hip-hop? It’s all going down at CORE Night Club. See you there!

Featured image taken from Shanti Dope’s Facebook

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