LONGTIME Calvin Abueva fan Third Flo - Jefferson Buenviaje in real life - is one of the many gems in the bustling but often overlooked Philippine Hip Hop community.
All he wanted to do was invite his basketball idol to one of his shows, which also coincided with his birthday. What he got instead was an unforgettable ‘Beast’ of a performance with Abueva himself.
Abueva not only showed up but came up on stage to perform with Third Flo and hype the song “Mala-Abueva,” much to the delight of a jampacked crowd in the B-Side Collective 'Rap is Life Viva Lokal' event last Saturday.
The event featured an array of local stars led by Shanti Dope, Ron Henley and Mike Swift, among others, but it was Third Flo’s performance that seized the spotlight, thanks to Abueva's appearance.
It’s something that Third Flo wasn’t going to forget.
“Parang panaginip, totoo pala 'yung ganung pakiramdam,” Third Flo told SPIN.PH when asked about his performance with Abueva.
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It was a meeting that was supposed to take place a long time ago when Third Flo initially penned and released his single 'Mala-Abueva' early last year.
He said that he met Abueva after releasing that single, but they lost contact for a while as they focused on their respective careers.
It wasn’t until a common friend in former PBA player Leo Avenido brought the two together again that the collaboration of a lifetime got off the ground.
“Iniinvite niya (Calvin) ako sa sa birthday niya kaso di natuloy, tapos nag-antay lang ako ng pagkakataon. Di ako nagmamadali o kulitin siya,” said Third Flo, whose rap group 727 Clique recently released its ‘Ating Panahon’ album.
“Hanggang nag-try ako sabihin sa kanya na birthday ko, may event ako sa B-Side baka pwede siya dumaan. Umoo siya pero di pa rin ako umaasa, hanggang tumawag siya sa akin nung gabi na 'yun, nasa labas na siya ng B-Side tapos ayun na,” he added.
Asked about the song, Third Flo said it wasn't really hard to create a parallel between Abueva’s journey in basketball and his own struggles as a rapper.
The lines in his song epitomizes the things that Abueva does on the court, comparing it with the things that he had to go through in the industry.
Paired up with a killer hook which loops the lines ‘Ako’y halimaw sa laro, mala-Abueva,’ then it’s set for a catchy banger.
“Na-inspire ako sa mga kwento niya lalo na noong nagsisimula palang siya. Parang nakita ko din 'yung sarili ko sa pagra-rap tapos binase ko yung mga lines sa kanya,” Third Flo continued.
“Kilala ko na si Calvin noon pa sa PBA pero noong napanood ko yung interview niya sa Kwentong Gilas, lalo ako humanga sa kanya, simula noon respeto ako sa kanya dahil sa tibay niya,” he added.
After the performance, Third Flo shared that he was given courtside tickets by Abueva to Alaska's game against NLEX, although it didn’t end up well for the 'Beast' as the Aces bowed out of the playoffs.
However, fans that want to see 'The Beast' launch a rap career shouldn’t be holding their breath as Third Flo said he’s not really pushing Abueva into a collaboration.
But with Abueva and his affinity for hip hop? You can never tell.