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A Filipino Hip-Hop Group from New York and New Jersey

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“Deep Foundation” is a hip-hop group of five Filipinos from New York and New Jersey released their first album last year and have spent the first semester of 2009 touring the West Coast. A series of videos have also been released featuring music from their album. Founded in 2001, the album touches on the foundation of hip-hop that the group believes in plus a mix of their Filipino roots. The group includes the following members:

  • Ryan Abugan, 23, known also as Hydroponikz;
  • Mark Malacapay, 26, known as Ill Poetik;
  • CJ Guiang, 27;
  • Rosendo Pili, 24, known as Mugshot;
  • Michael Capito, a 24, known as Suitkace.

Deep Foundation aims for a universal appeal. Much of their music hits on common themes of love, family and growing up in an urban setting. So far, it has struck a chord with fans. A growing number of Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike are attending live shows. “Children of the Sun (Remix),” the longest track on the album at close to eight minutes, samples the singing of Heber Bartolome from his 1978 song “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy.”

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm

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