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Abra
Birth name Raymond Abracosa
Born December 2, 1990 (1990-12-02) (age 30)
Pasig, Philippines
Genres Hip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present (as a solo artist)
Labels Artifice Records
Ivory Music & Video
Associated acts Lyrically Deranged Poets

Raymond Abracosa, better known as Abra (born December 2, 1990), is a Filipino hip hop recording artist and occasional actor. He gained mainstream popularity with his song "Gayuma". When the video reached more than 26 million views on YouTube, it was hailed as the highest number generated by any local artist. Before that, he is a well-known battle emcee in the FlipTop Battle League.

Career

His career started as a member of Pinoy hip hop group Lyrically Deranged Poets (LDP) in 2010. He joined the Fliptop Battle League as Abra. They released their independent debut album The Project in 2009 and had their first major concert at the legendary Music Museum in 2010. LDP was awarded Best Urban Group at both the 2010 and 2011 Urban Music Awards, among other nominations. In 2011, LDP was granted TV air time on myx for the music video of their song "Here to Own It", which was able to enter the charts. He is also a major icon in the Fliptop battle league as well as a co-host on PTV 4's show iConnect.

When the FlipTop Battle League and Sunugan rap battle leagues started out in 2010, Abra was one of the first battle emcees to compete and gradually make a name for himself. After a couple of intense rap battles, Abra has been considered as one of the heavyweights in Filipino rap battling. Using his compelling lyrical style coupled with witty antics, he is able to impress viewers and artists alike; and has YouTube videos that have amassed millions of views. It did not take long until Abra was able to perform on live television, radio shows and various events across the country.

In 2013, Abra and his label Artifice Records signed a major distribution deal with Ivory Music & Video. He released his self-titled debut album nationwide on February 21, 2014. He took home the 'Best Music on YouTube Award' for his YouTube Channel called 'Abra TV' at the 2013 Globe Tatt Awards. On March 29, he collaborated with Maja Salvador for the song "Halika Na" on her debut album Believe.

The music video for his single "Cerberus", featuring Loonie and Ron Henley under the direction of Willan Rivera, won the Best Music Video Award at the Myx Music Awards 2016.

Discography

Albums

  • Abra – self-titled album (released nationwide February 21, 2014)

Group albums

  • The Project (with Lyrically Deranged Poets) (2009)

Extended plays

  • Hendrix EP (2018)

Compilation albums

Singles

  • "Abrakadabra"
  • "Gayuma" (featuring Thyro Alfaro and Jeriko Aguilar) (2012)
  • "Alab ng Puso" (theme of Juan dela Cruz)
  • "Ilusyon" (featuring Arci Muñoz) (2013)
  • "Midas" (featuring Jaq Dionisio) (2013)
  • "Bolang Kristal" (featuring KZ Tandingan)
  • "Cerberus" (featuring Loonie and Ron Henley) (2014)
  • "Diwata" (featuring Chito Miranda) (2014)
  • "Sanib Pwersa" (featuring Raimund Marasigan) (2014)
  • "Dedma" (featuring Julie Anne San Jose) (2014)
  • "'King Inang Bayan" (featuring Reese Lansangan) (2016)
  • "'Apoy" (featuring Shanti Dope) (2018)

As featured artist

  • "Isang Jeep" - Loonie (with Hiphop22)
  • "Halika Na" – Maja Salvador
  • "Mine" – Pow Chaves
  • "Tanyag" – Loonie
  • "Halik sa Hangin" – Ebe Dancel
  • "Gurl" – Father
  • "Peque"- Apekz (with Mikerapphone)

Television and media appearances

Television

  • The Voice of the Philippines (season 2) (ABS-CBN, guest performer)
  • ASAP (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • It's Showtime (ABS-CBN, guest judge/performer)
  • Kris TV (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Gandang Gabi, Vice! (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Sarah G. Live (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Rated K (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Showbiz Inside Report (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (ABS-CBN, guest player)
  • Minute to Win It (ABS-CBN, guest player)
  • Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Banana Split: Ihaw Na! (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Bandila: Ikaw Na! (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Wowowillie (TV5, 2013)
  • iConnect (PTV 4, 2012–present)
  • Sharon: Kasama Mo, Kapatid (TV5, guest)
  • Party Pilipinas (GMA, guest)
  • H.O.T. TV: Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis (GMA, guest)
  • Celebrity Bluff (GMA, guest player)
  • Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA, guest)
  • The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA, guest)
  • Flashbook (GMA News TV, guest)
  • Front Row (GMA, guest)
  • Aquino & Abunda Tonight (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Buzz ng Bayan (ABS-CBN, guest)
  • Tunay Na Buhay (GMA, guest)

Film

  • Boy Pick-Up: The Movie, as fictional version of himself (cameo)
  • Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles, as Benjie
  • Respeto, as Hendrix

Music videos

  • "Gayuma" (feat. Thyro Alfaro & Jeriko Aguilar; September 2012)
  • "Abrakadabra"
  • "Ilusyon" (feat. Arci Muñoz; July 2013)
  • "Alab ng Puso" (Juan dela Cruz OST)
  • "Rejoice Haba ng Hair" (for Rejoice commercial)
  • "Rejoice Ikaw na ang Malupit" (for Rejoice commercial)
  • "WonderfulXmasTime"
  • "Midas" (feat. Jaq Dionisio – Boy Golden OST)
  • "Sanib Puwersa" (feat. Raimund Marasigan, for Colt 45 commercial)
  • "Dedma" (feat. Julie Anne San Jose; October 2014)
  • "Diwata" (feat. Chito Miranda; December 2014)
  • "Cerberus" (feat. Ron Henley & Loonie; September 2015)
  • "Bolang Kristal" (feat. KZ Tandingan; March 2016)
  • "Peque" (by Apekz, with Mikerapphone; Jan 13, 2018)

Awards and nominations

Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s) / Work(s) Result Ref.
Awit Awards 2014 Best Collaboration "Diwata" (with Chito Miranda) Nominated
Best Performance by a new Male Recording Artist "Cerberus" (with Loonie & Ron Henley) Nominated
Best Rap Recording Nominated
Music Video of the Year "Ilusyon" (with Arci Muñoz) Won
2015 Best Album Package "Abra" Nominated
Best Rap Recording "Dedma" (with Julie Anne San Jose) Won
2017 Favorite Music Video "Label" (with Myrtle Sarrosa) Won
Aliw Awards 2013 Best New Solo Artist "Abra" Won
2014 Best Collaboration in a Concert "Artifice Unplugged" (with Rjay Ty, Alex Omiunu & Stick Figgas) Nominated
MYX Music Awards 2013 Favorite New Artist "Abra" Nominated
Favorite Male Artist Nominated
Favorite Music Video "Gayuma" with (Thyro and Jeriko Aguilar) Won
Favorite Urban Video Won
2014 Favorite Male Artist "Abra" Nominated
Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ Won
Favorite Music Video "Ilusyon" (with Arci Muñoz) Nominated
Favorite Urban Video Nominated
2015 Favorite Collaboration "Dedma" (with Julie Anne San Jose) Nominated
Favorite Male Artist "Abra" Nominated
Favorite Music Video "Dedma" Nominated
Favorite Urban Video Nominated
2016 Favorite Collaboration "Diwata" (with Chito Miranda) Nominated
Favorite Male Artist "Abra" Nominated
"Favorite Urban Video" "Cerberus" Nominated
"Diwata" Won
Best Music Video "Cerberus" Won
2017 Best Music Video "Bolang Kristal" (with KZ Tandingan Nominated
Favorite Collaboration Nominated
Favorite Urban Video Nominated
Wish Music Awards 2019 Wishclusive Hip-hop Performance of the Year "Taya" Nominated
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