Raymond Abracosa, better known as Abra, is a Filipino hip hop artist. He gained popularity in his song “Gayuma” (“Potion”). The music video for the song shows Abra being given a potion only to realize that his love interest is in fact gay. The video has reached more than 23 million views on YouTube, the highest number generated by any local artist.
His career started as a member of Pinoy hip hop group Lyrically Deranged Poets (LDP) in 2010. 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 and Sunugan rap battle leagues came about 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.