When hip-hop group Ex Battalion, colloquially known as ExB, stormed the entertainment scene in 2016, the time they became professionally known after their viral success with 110 million hits on YouTube, they have done many sold-out concerts in major venues.
At the Smart Araneta Coliseum, ExB has successfully performed onstage a couple of times. On Dec. 11, however, the 14-member group will grace an empty Big Dome for the first time, to satisfy the clamor of their fans and followers who have been waiting to see them again, albeit only virtually.
Producers of the major concert, Evoluxion, are Frontrow with its president RS Francisco and CEO Sam Verzosa, both of whom worked with ExB and mounted the show with them.
ExB members are JRoa, Flow-G, Skusta Clee, Honcho, Brando, Emcee Rhen, King Badger, Hudass, Jekkpot, Yuri Dope, Jnskie, Cent, Bullet-D and Eijhayy.
“Nasanay kami talaga na mag-perform na may crowd,” Flow G insisted. “So this time, kailangan maintain ang energy namin, para mabigay ang best performance namin. Para sa amin, talagang bago ito.”
Although Evoluxion is a major production in every way, ExB will have no guests in the concert that will be staged for two-and-a-half hours.
“Wala kaming guests,” Skusta Clee informed. “Ginawa naming sobrang special para sa amin. Ang pinaka-aabangan dito kung paano kami mag-pe-perform sa Araneta at kung paano namin execute ng tama kahit walang crowd.”
Brando added: “First time namin gagawin ang concert na complete kami at sobrang happy namin at nabigyan kami ng chance na magawa itong concert with the help of Frontrow.”
The producers gave premium to the “true-blue fans” of ExB. There are VVIP tickets – “Atin ang Gabi” – for P35,000 that have an exclusive listening party at the Centennial Ballroom of The Manila Hotel. Fans will get to know the boys, meet and greet them literally, have photos with them, ask them questions face to face and get to know them.
After dinner, they will get into a listening and jamming party – “sound-tripping” – where they will hear unreleased songs of ExB, to come out in 2022 yet. To be given away are ExB masks, jackets, shirts and posters signed by all the members up front.
“Parang may early Christmas party on Dec. 15,” Flow G excitedly said.
The lowest priced ticket costs only P300, so more people can afford to watch even without a big budget.