Iconic Pinoy Hip-hop Music Videos from the 1990s to 2000s (Part 3)

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Here are more music videos that blew up during the 1990s to 2000s.

Dante Romero
February 27, 2024

To move forward, we need to look back. Philippine hip-hop during the 1990s and 2000s has left us plenty of gems not only in our stereos but also in our screens. Let’s take a trip back in time once again as we look at more music videos from the aforementioned era that made an impact on the scene. This is part three so if you haven’t read the previous installments, you can check it out here and here. For the new hip-hop fans, it’s never too late to learn about history. Let’s begin!

Andrew E - "Pink Palaka"

Released in 2004, the music video for “Pink Palaka” perfectly represents the legendary Andrew E’s overall writing style. It’s funny, lively, and laced with double meanings that will challenge your creativity. It may not be as big as “Banyo Queen”, “Humanap Ka Ng Panget”, or “Sinabmarin”, but “Pink Palaka” still dominated the charts when it came out.

Francis M - "Whole Lotta Lovin"

Without a doubt, the late great Francis M dominated the music industry in the 90s. His music video for “Whole Lotta Lovin” came out in 1998 and quickly became a hit amongst fans thanks to its surreal images. It also has scenes featuring breakdancing which was still an overlooked art form in the local scene during those days. Ahead of its time is the perfect definition for the visuals of “Whole Lotta Lovin”.

Gloc-9 - "Simpleng Tao"

“Simpleng Tao” is Gloc-9’s first big hit as a solo artist. The official MV sees the rapper serenading a woman with interweaving scenes of him portraying people from different walks of life. With its very relatable message, it’s no surprise why “Simpleng Tao” became one of the most popular love rap songs. Gloc-9’s journey in music went uphill from here.  

Krook & Jolo feat. Jay-R - "Throw Your Hands"

Renowned rap duo Krook &  Jolo collaborated with R&B star Jay-R for the banger “Throw Your Hands”. The video is the perfect representation of mainstream club rap in the mid-2000s: fancy spots, flashy clothes, and good old partying. Since the club scene was very active during this time, “Throw Your Hands” instantly became a massive hit. 

Kulay - "Delicious"

“Delicious” is the hit single from soul and hip-hop trio Kulay. The music video came out in the mid-90s and quickly became a success not only because of the catchy tune but also because of the futuristic, Hype Williams-inspired visuals. It was groundbreaking at the time which further elevated the band’s popularity.  

Mobbstarr - "Bestfriends"

After the massive success of “Itsumo”, Mobbstarr returned with another hit song titled “Bestfriends”. The music video, which featured a creative blend of live-action and animation, became a staple in music channels for a long time. Mobbstarr silenced the one-hit-wonder remarks from critics with this song and released more hits afterward.

Mike Kosa - "My Game"

“My Game” by Mike Kosa is now considered an underground rap magnum opus. The independently produced music video sees the 187 Mobstaz OG dropping bars in the streets of Manila. It’s a simple concept but it was Mike’s clever lyricism that captivated viewers from all over the country and made him a top emcee in the game.

Pikaso & Francis M – “Reach For The Stars"

Pikaso, who just blew up at the time, collaborated with Master Rapper Francis M for the track “Reach For The Stars”. Much like Mike Kosa’s “My Game”, the video for “Reach For The Stars” has a straightforward concept: two emcees spitting their fire bars. The duo’s powerful lyrics and overall chemistry are what made the song popular. 

READ ALSO: 2023 Pinoy Hip-hop Releases (Part 4)

Did we miss something? Don’t worry because there will be a part four. There is still plenty to explore on the World Wide Web. For now, sit back, relax, and appreciate these old school masterpieces. Without them, hip-hop will probably not be as big as it is today in the Philippines. Shout out to all of the pioneers!