In 2016, the first ever Mala Luna Festival took place in San Antonio, Texas. The spotlight shined on the Alamo City as they hosted the first huge hip hop festival the community had ever seen. The line up saw the likes of Rae Sremmurd, Tory Lanez, Lil Yachty, and featured a power house of headliners like G Eazy, Travis Scott, Steve Aoki, and the list goes on. With the pressure on the city to show out, the festival featured some of the premier locals, in which Scoremore called Phillip Wolf to the plate. After a stimulating performance that truly captivated the hometown crowd, a team and a journey stemmed from the young artist’s invigorating outbreak.
Like anyone who is great at anything, short term memory is important, and moving on is the key to progression. A lot has happened since the festival, which is no doubt the root of Wolf’s new found buzz, but it’s 2018 now, so what has happened?
January marks the first release. A visual masterpiece shot by Xpensive Visuals help catapult attention toward the collab between Phillip Wolf and vocal specialist Angel Cintron. This love song is the first spark of the new year for Wolf, as Angel’s voice creates the initial draw and the witty word play of Phillip carried the rest of the way.
February, Phillip gets the call to be the only opener to pair with surging artist Yung Pinch. Pinch is on his final solo tour before pairing with G Eazy on their European tour. Margin Walker takes a chance on Wolf, in which he does not sell short, absolutely creating an uproar with the young crowd impatiently waiting on their valued headliner. Mosh pits and crowd surfing would leave an imprint on the venue, promoters, and most importantly new fans.
Fast forward to May, where the Dedspot Agency feels a perfect fit between Wolf and Illinois prodigy Tink. After a series of unfortunate encounters, Tink is unable to appear to the Jack Rabbit, where a bunch of hopeful fans are left disappointed. Without a thought, Phillip Wolf is moved to headliner. Of course with his own fan base awaiting, as well as new curious fans awaiting, Phillip pairs with Angel Cintron and Alamo Jazzy to salvage what felt like a lost show, successfully turning it into a pleasant surprise for the San Antonio crowd. After the humbling experience, the Wolf team was able to turn late May into a party, where Dave & Buster’s sponsored the release of Phillip’s newest music video, “Anti-Social” featuring Branden Rex. The turn out consisted of 150+ people, representatives of The Down Market and the SA Current, as well as some of the city’s top tier artists showing love and support to a man who now feels to be a tastemaker of sorts for the music community. Who knew such a successful event would also be the proper send off for the next endeavors.
Currently, we are now in June, and Phillip Wolf has taken his talents to his motherland, where of course he is absorbing the culture and his family in the Philippines, but he has also managed to book two shows in the cities of Manila and Marikina. It is truly a milestone in his expanding career as he looks to connect his music with family, friends, and supporters.
Wolf will not take the foot off of the gas as 2018 continues, slated to now headline a line of shows and parties throughout the summer. Since the release of “Dear Philippines,” visuals have been a prominent part of the grind for Wolf and his team, releasing music videos consistently such as “People in the Way” and “Think Twice,” even directing a powerful piece in “Ropes.” All of these visuals serve a purpose, counting down to his debut album “Undervalued Attention” which is massively anticipated and projected to release in early July.